08.Feb.2011 Rankings: The 2011 Recruiting Class
Rivals and Scout are notoriously inept in their analysis of Oregon State prospects. Because of their laziness and obtuse eye for talent, Mike Riley is often heralded as a genius who unearths hidden gems. That myth needs to end.
My goal with these ranking is to have the most objective and accurate Beaver rankings on the net. There is no fancy system or methodology; you either trust my eye for this, or you don't. What I do is watch film and analyze the players' (a) athleticism, speed, etc (b) skill set (c) attitude/motor/heart/fight for extra yards/etc (d) the athleticism and talent of his opponents, and (e) "other"/"it" factor/etc.
After doing so, I feel the Beavers have landed 8 elite prospects (the first 8 on the list). The next 5 are complimentary players, and rest are projects. The players are ranked in order, so Tyler Trosin is, in my opinion, the top prospect in this class. Conversely, Harrah is the worst prospect. Fifita was listed last/unranked because I could not find film.