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Oregon State coach Wayne tinkle had a good signing day today.
Oregon State coach Wayne tinkle had a good signing day today.
(Image by Andy Wooldridge)

Today, November 11th, is an important day in that its Veterans' Day. It's important for another reason as well; it's basketball early signing day, when commitments can become real. For Oregon State, it was a good one.

Men's baketball coach Wayne Tinkle got the singed paperwork from all 3 recruits they were looking for, including 4 star 6'3" PG JaQuori McLaughlin from Gig Harbor, Washington. McLaughlin was originally a Craig Robinson recruit, but decommitted when the coaching change happened. However, he ultimately recommitted to Oregon State, and Tinkle, after considering offers from Wisconsin and Utah, as well as Arizona, Washington, where he was temporarily committed to after the OSU coaching change, California, Stanford, Gonzaga, Memphis, Boise St., and Baylor.

Also joining the class are a pair of 3 star recruits, 6'8" PF Ben Kone, from Archbishop Mitty High in San Jose, Ca, and 6'8" SF Keondre Dew, a JC transfer from City College of San Francisco.

Women's Basketball coach Scott Rueck also made some notable additions, starting with 5'9" guard Mikayla Pivec, from Lynnwood, WA. Pivec is ranked the #24 recruit in the nation.

Shortly thereafter, Oregon State also officially welcomed 6'2" forward Janessa Thropay, from Chino, CA.

UPDATE:

Later in the day, Rueck added 2 more commits, including Kat Tudor, a 6' guard from St. Mary's High in Stockton, CA, which is where Rueck began his rebuild, when he got Ali Gibson to come to Corvallis. That worked out pretty well. Tudor picked Oregon State over Arizona State and Washington.

Also coming on board is 6'1" guard Madison Washington, from Bishop Gorman High in Las Vegas, which makes the Oregon State 2016 class the #12 recruiting class in the country.

Football News:

There was a bit of new from football as well, as CB Trestin Decoud practiced without restrictions, making it apparent he will be back on the field Saturday at California. However, safety Justin Strong was ruled out, with a concussion.

Fall activity prospects can't commit today like winter sport students can, but the Beavers also got a football commitment, as 6'5", 217 lb.  3 star LB/TE Riley Sharp from Skyline High School in Salt Lake City, Utah, announced his choice of Oregon State over offers from Air Force, Nevada, Southern Utah, UNLV and Weber State, after visiting campus last weekend for the UCLA game.

Andy_Wooldridge@yahoo.com