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2019 QB Prospects for the Oregon State Beavers to keep an eye on

The Oregon State Beavers are in search for a leader for the future at the quarterback position in the 2019 class as the former quarterback himself, Jonathan Smith looks to turn things around in Corvallis.

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It is obvious to Beaver Nation that Oregon State is need for some security at the quarterback position for the future. This previously recruiting cycle, Jonathan Smith and the rest of the new coaching staff were able to bring in three-star junior college quarterback Jack Colletto along with three-star Lake Oswego quarterback Jake Dukart in the 2018 class, but remain in the hunt for a signal caller who can help build and lead the program in the future.

The Beavers currently have six quarterbacks on the roster including redshirt sophomore Connor Blount, sophomore Jack Colletto, incoming freshman Jake Dukart, senior Jake Luton, redshirt freshman Nick Moore, who is a transfer from Eastern Washington and will have three years of eligibility remaining starting in 2019, and redshirt freshman Aiden Willard.

According to 247Sports as of May 3rd, 2018, Oregon State has offered a total of six quarterbacks in the 2019 class and while some of those offers were sent out when the previous staff was in place, Beaver fans would like to see the staff continue to be more aggressive when evaluating and targeting future leaders of the offense.

I also want to make sure that I give full credit to 247Sports for having all of these rankings and information for each quarterbacks recruiting profile available, their staff does an incredible job at what they do for high school football players.

While I have only seen four of these quarterbacks listed below in throw in person at 7-on-7 tournaments or during the previous high school season, these are just a few names I believe Jonathan Smith and company should be watching very closely the next few months considering how early high school quarterbacks are verbally committing.

— Murrieta Valley High School (Murrieta, CA)

— Height: 6-3

— Weight: 188lbs

— 4* recruit (247Sports composite rankings)

#8 Pro-Style QB in the country

— Offers: Boise State, Cal, Colorado, Georgia, Minnesota, Ole Miss, Oregon State, Tennessee, Utah, Vanderbilt, Washington State & others.

Greg Biggins of 247Sports reported on March 27th that Bachmeier’s top three schools that are pushing for the four-star quarterback are Boise State, Cal, and Oregon State. As of now, it seems that Bachmeier is the No. 1 target for the staff and have already had him campus once in March. Getting the four-star gunslinger on campus for an official visit would help seal the deal if they want to land the Murrieta Valley star who has thrown for over 10,000 yards in just three years of high school.

— Bachmeier’s Hudl highlights:

(Image via Twitter of @jacob_conover17)

— Chandler High School (Chandler, AZ)

— Height: 6-1

— Weight: 194lbs

— 3* recruit (247Sports composite rankings)

#9 Pro-Style QB in the country

— Offers: Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, Memphis, Nevada, Northwestern, Ole Miss, Oregon State, South Carolina, Washington State & others.

— Conover has been quoted by both 247Sports and Rivals that the four schools pushing hardest for the three-star signal caller are Arizona State, Alabama, BYU, and Oregon State with schools like Georgia and Stanford trying to keep in contact with the Chandler quarterback. Conover also recently set up his first official visit to Arizona State and has made it known that he hopes to visit a few more schools before making a commitment some time in late April-early May.

While many view BYU as the team to beat, Conover, who will be taking his LDS mission after he graduates high school, received his offer during the previous staff’s tenure. OSU is one of the schools he hopes to visit before he makes his commitment public. I believe the Beavers have an outside shot to land him with the three-star signal caller originating from the state of Oregon, but Jonathan Smith will have to get him on campus and impress him if they hope to land Conover.

— Conover’s Hudl highlights:

(Image via Twitter of @D_Morris5)

— Graham-Kapowsin High School (Graham, WA)

— Height: 6-1

— Weight: 200lbs

— 4* recruit (247Sports composite rankings)

#3 Pro-Style QB in the country

#1 player in the state of Washington

— Committed to the Washington Huskies on July 16th, 2017 over offers from Cal, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon & Oregon State.

— Morris appears to remain solidly committed and happy with the Huskies. Although, while unlikely, there may be an outside chance with Jonathan Smith now the head coach in Corvallis to sway Morris away from Seattle, but make no mistake it will not be a cakewalk. The elite level Graham-Kapowsin is one of the best quarterbacks in the nation for a reason and would be an absolute steal if the Beavers were able to flip him from a PAC-12 foe.

— Morris’ Hudl highlights:

(Image via Twitter of @dancich)

— Villa Park High School (Villa Park, CA)

— Height: 6-5

— Weight: 205lbs

— 3* recruit (247Sports composite rankings)

#29 Pro-Style QB in the country

— Offers: Cincinnati, Dartmouth, Harvard, Nevada, Oregon State, Princeton, Purdue, Rice, San Jose State, Washington State, Wyoming, Yale & others.

— Piferi recently picked up his offer from Oregon State on April 5th and is continuing to see his stock rise with more FBS level programs keeping an eye on the Villa Park quarterback. I really like the offer to Piferi for the Beavers staff because of his prototypical size at 6-foot-5 and I believe that has has similarities to a guy like Sean Mannion with his arm strength and mechanics at the quarterback position.

When you also look at the offers Piferi currently has, it shows that academics are just as much of priority to him as football. While Piferi is still considered an “under the radar” prospect, it would be good for the Oregon State staff to get him on campus to make a good impression early on and establish a firm relationship before other high level programs come calling.

— Piferi’s Hudl highlights:

(Image via Twitter of @CasteelFootball)

— Casteel High School (Queen Creek, AZ)

— Height: 6-5

— Weight: 210lbs

— 3* recruit (247Sports composite rankings)

#33 Pro-Style QB in the country

— Offers: Arizona State, Baylor, Cincinnati, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, San Jose State, SMU, Syracuse, UNLV, Washington State, Yale & others.

— Another quarterback who is seeing his stock rise lately is three-star Casteel star Gunner Gruz. From Queen Creek, Arizona playing in an offense built around him, Cruz is a young, strong armed quarterback whose film truly stands out. With offers in recent weeks coming from Baylor and a handful of Ivy League schools, the 6-foot-5 leader of the Casteel Colts is a prospect I believe the Beavers staff should take a long look at. He’s got the prototypical size that you want in a quarterback with the sneaky ability to get outside of the pocket and make things happen with his legs.

While Cruz does not currently hold an offer from the Beavers, with a spring evaluations coming up we could see the Oregon State staff pursue another quarterback from the state of Arizona. On May 2nd, Casteel high school’s football Twitter page put out a tweet saying that Oregon State coaches had stopped by Queen Creek to check out a Casteel practice and it is a very real possibility some offense coaches were there to check out Cruz.

— Cruz’s Hudl highlights:

(Image via Twitter of @millen_10)

— Mount Si High School (Snoqualmie, WA)

— Height: 6-3

— Weight: 190lbs

— 3* recruit (247Sports composite rankings)

#27 Pro-Style QB in the country

— Recently de-committed from Northwestern on April 25th, 2018.

Millen appeared to be content with his commitment with Northwestern for quite some time, but with offers coming from both Arizona State and Oregon with interest from plenty of other Power 5 schools allowed Millen to step back and re-evaluate things in his recruitment. Do the Beavers have a chance? Technically, there is always a chance. However, without an offer, Oregon State has some catching up to do. Oregon has recently picked up quite a few crystal ball predictions on 247Sports indicating that the Ducks may now be the team to beat for Millen.

However, coming from the Washington Huskies Jonathan Smith has had a few years to watch Millen up close and is already familiar with the Mount Si quarterback and what he brings to the table. We could see the staff jump on board and offer Millen during spring evaluations which could possibly shake things up in his recruitment.

— Millen’s Hudl highligts:

(Image via Twitter of @DawsonLieurance)

— Columbia River High School (Vancouver, WA)

— Height: 6-3

— Weight: 215lbs

— Lieurance recently moved from Ridgefield high school to Columbia River where he will play his senior year. Another quarterback who has flown under the radar in the state of Washington may end up bursting onto the recruiting scene with a big showing at camps such as May Madness, the NW Showcase, and various college camps along with a big time senior season. I got my first chance to watch the 6-foot-3 signal caller at a 7-on-7 tournament last month and came away thoroughly impressed with his ability to read defenses, accuracy, and command of the offense of his ‘Air One’ team where he led them all the way to the championship game.

— Lieurance’s Hudl highlights:

(Image via Twitter of @ethan_long12)

— West Linn High School (West Linn, OR)

— Height: 6-2

— Weight: 215lbs

— 3* recruit (247Sports composite rankings)

— Offers: Brown & Northern Arizona, while also receiving interest from Boise State, Nebraska, Oregon & Oregon State & others.

— Considered by many in the state of Oregon to be the second best quarterback behind Sheldon (OR) dual-threat in Michael Johnson Jr. Long got his to start his first full season last year and took advantage of that opportunity having a very efficient year throwing for over 3,000 yards, 32 touchdowns with only 10 interceptions while leading his West Linn Lions to a 9-3 record and a trip to the 6A quarterfinals during the 2017 season.

Similarly to Lieurance, Ethan Long could see his stock soar this summer with a strong showing at different showcases, college camps, and finishing his high school career off with an impressive senior season. Under West Linn head Coach Chris Miller he's got a great leader in place who has the experience of competing at a high level at the quarterback position who Long will continue to learn from.

— Long’s Hudl highlights:

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