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Oregon State Football: Recruiting Battles - Part 1

Keisean Nixon, Charles Moku Watson & Jamire Calvin all from the 2017 class find themselves in high demand.

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Oregon State has been very aggressive on the recruiting trails under Gary Andersen and his staff and they currently find themselves locked into recruiting battles with many big name schools. Let's take a look at some of the top recruits that have Oregon State on their short-list of schools. Landing a few of these recruits would be a huge victory for Gary Andersen and Oregon State.

1. Keisean Nixon: (JUCO) - Oregon State in his Top 6

Keisean Nixon is an incredible athlete who is garnering interest from all over the nation. He's the third-ranked Junior College corner back and 26th ranked junior college player overall according to 247sports. He's got good size for a corner at 6-foot 200-pounds and displays excellent speed. He announced his Top 6 schools on Twitter and plans to announce his decision before this upcoming season is over.

Out of high school Keisean Nixon was a three-star recruit and had many D-I offers but decided to attend Arizona Western to get his academics in order and focus on football. He is now set to graduate with his associates in December and will play at the D-I level during the 2017 season. He will have three years of eligibility remaining and should compete for playing time right away.

He is set to visit Oregon State's campus during the weekend of The Civil War game. He also has connections to Oregon State, he was quoted by OregonLive.com as saying "I grew up with Jordan Villamin and Victor Bolden so I know what to expect out of Oregon State."

Check out his junior college highlight video:

2. Charles Moku Watson: Oregon State in his Top 6

Charles Moku Watson, the 6'1 165-pound WR/CB from Hawaii has caught the eyes of college scouts around the nation. Watson recently trimmed his list of schools down to six and is expected to make a decision in the next couple of months.

Watson is a great athlete. He has good size and speed. Most teams project him to play in the secondary, as either a safety or corner, at the next level. He is a top 3 recruit from the islands of Hawaii and has over 10 D-I offers to his name. Tua Tagovailoa, a QB who has already committed to Alabama is the only Hawaiian prospect to draw more interest from college programs.

Here's more highlights from Watson's junior year:


3. Jamire Calvin: Oregon State in his Top 8

Jamire Calvin is probably the most talented recruit on this list. The 5'10 150-pound wide receiver out of Cathedral high school in California is being courted by many of the top schools in the country. Michigan State, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Stanford and many others have already issued him scholarships. Oregon State finds itself in the thick of things as he nears a decision though.

Calvin shows impressive elusiveness and agility. And in addition to being a standout wide receiver he was also one of the top punt returners in the country last year. Although he is a bit undersized his speed and ability to create space more than makes up for his lack of size.

Here's his junior season's highlight video:

It'll be interesting to see where these recruits end up and hopefully they decide to continue their careers playing for Oregon State. Stay tuned to Building The Dam as we'll be sure to keep you updated as they make their decisions.