Jonathan Smith and the Oregon State Beavers completed their staff this past week just before the dead period ended on Thursday night at midnight. Now, the Beavers coaching staff are looking to complete their 2018 class and have just three more weekends to host official visitors before the Febuary 7th National Signing Day deadline.
Here is the official visitor list below:
2* outside linebacker Luke Brockermeyer (Fort Worth, TX)
Brockermeyer is currently committed to Rice, but with his official visit to Oregon State completed, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound Brockermeyer is strongly considering a flip to the Beavers. Trent Bray might have found a hidden gem at the linebacker position in Texas.
3* offensive tackle Joshua Gray (Rancho Cucamonga, CA)
Gray has been under the radar for quite some time in southern California, but after most of the top prospect in the country were signed during the early signing period, the 6-foot-4, 245-pound offensive tackle has become a priority for the Beavers. Gray holds offers from Arizona, Hawaii, Nebraska, Nevada, Oregon State, San Diego State, UNLV, Washington State and others.
Gray was being recruited by Arizona and Nebraska and has offers from both schools. Where Oregon State has the advantage is having Arizona’s former offensive line coach, Jim Michalczik and Nebraska’s former head coach, Mike Riley giving the Beavers the inside track on Gray and his recruitment.
Rated as a 3-star by 247Sports, but surprising to some, rated a 4-star by ESPN, the offensive tackle has already taken official visits to Arizona, Hawaii and San Diego State back in December.
Gray’s Hudl highlights:
4* Wide Receiver Isaiah Crocker (Sacramento, CA)
The headliner this weekend without a doubt was 247Sports four-star wide receiver Isaah Crocker. Crocker is rated by 247Sports composite ranking as the No. 32 wide receiver in the country and No. 171 overall prospect.
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound pass-catcher has received offers from Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Colorado, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA, USC, Utah, and others.
Crocker’s top five schools he released was last July via his Twitter and the Beavers were one of the finalists along with Alabama, Nebraska, Oregon, and UCLA. More recent reports suggest that this is going to be a fierce battle between the Beavers, Bruins, and Ducks till the very end.
This will be Crocker’s second official visit after visiting the Huskers last September. Oregon will receive an official visit from Crocker during the January 27th weekend. Alabama, UCLA, and USC are other schools that are looking to host the talented four-star pass catcher.
Andrew Nemec of The Oregonian reported in mid-December that Crocker already named Oregon State his “slight favorite” over other finalists.
This shouldn't be too surprising for many Beaver fans considering Crocker’s relationship with other former TMP Elite members from the 7-on-7 club that are currently on the Oregon State roster, most notably freshman safety Trajon Cotton, who hosted Crocker this weekend.
Another advantage the Beavers have is assistant head coach Mike Riley. Riley was one of Crocker’s main recruiters at Nebraska considering the strong ties to California Riley has. Now that Riley is back in Corvallis, look for the momentum that Nebraska had going for them in Crocker’s recruitment to sway towards the Beavers. Still, this will be a hard fought battle till January 29th for Crocker’s services, which is when he is planning on announcing his commitment.
Crocker’s Hudl highlights:
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