16.Jan.2011 Big Recruiting Weekend (Updated)

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The 14th and 21st are being dubbed as the biggest recruiting weekends in school history. The list for the 14th is somewhat impressive.

These are the Grade A recruits:

  • Vi Moala (scratch, reportedly visiting the next weekend)
  • Byron Moore
  • Juda Parker
  • Todd Pete Jr.
  • Richard Mullaney

Next level:

  • Marvin Hall
  • Earl Foster
  • Marcus Peters
  • Vi Teofilo
  • Michael Thomas (scratch, reportedly not visiting at all)

Then the rest:

  • Rudolf Fifita
  • Peter Ashton
  • Justin Addie

Ashton, Mullaney, and Addie are already committed, so that leaves just Rudolf Fifita as the one dog in this group (watch him be the one guy we land). Nowicki canceled his visit, and Akeem Gonzalez has reportedly called off his visit due to the Beavs wanting him to play defense.

We need to land some of these guys. I don't want to hear stories on Sunday night or Monday about a surprise 0-star recruit who was in town and committed. That's what seems to always happen on big recruiting weekends. Then the big fish cut off contact and sign elsewhere a month later. I want to see some real change.

Biggest need of the group is Vi Teofilo. He's a solid OL, and we definitely need at least one more, especially a guard. After that, the two monster DTs. If we could get one I'd be thrilled. If McClure is going to Colorado, then we need Peters. There isn't a single true corner in this class. Juda Parker and Byron Moore are both excellent prospects. While not at positions of need, I'd take either/both in a heartbeat.

On a side note, the commitment of Lavonte Barnett went relatively unnoticed two weeks ago. He is a major talent, landing 16 sacks last season and passing Angry's eyeball test. Barnett is a 4-star prospect in my opinion. On the flip side, the Jabral Johnson is once again wavering (Texas Tech). He's the best LB prospect in this class, so this would be a huge loss, and he might take Zimmerman with him.

Anyway, it will be interesting to see if the staff made any progress in recruiting. In past seasons, a weekend like this would yield no results. Let's let them do their thing and see if it's more of the same ol' disappointment, or if they've actually learned how to pitch the program. I'm planning for the former, but hoping (ah, there is that word again) for the latter. The pressure is on.

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  • OneEyedKing says:
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    Do we have a scholarship count update? We only have a few left if I recall.

  • EAN says:
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    I am not overly optimistic but we might land one or two of the second tier guys.

  • Warrren says:
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    I don’t know why Johnson would leave. TT already has 3 OLB’s in this class. Also, to my knowledge, Zimmerman doesn’t have a TT offer.

    • angry angry says:
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      Rivals and Scout don’t always show all the offers. There are contingent offers (many times these are verbal and based on some other not committing etc). Also, if Johnson says, “I’ll go to Texas Tech if you offer my pal Zimmerman” I’m sure TTech will do so–it’s not as if Zimmerman is bad. He’s a high 3 or 4 star talent.

  • Warrren says:
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    I really like Earl Foster. Reminds me of a Derrick Doggett type. The staff told him we are recruiting him as a rover. Last I knew, we didn’t have this in our defense? Or is Banker starting to change some things up?

    • angry angry says:
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      Too many safeties in the program, not enough corners. I don’t have anything against Foster other than he’s not at a position of need.

      • ean says:
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        Do you know anything about the CB’s behind Poyer and Hardin. Reynolds seemed to have good speed in kickoffs but don’t recall watching him at CB. Is Parker any good?

        • angry angry says:
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          Reynolds would be my pick to start opposite Poyer. Hardin as a backup.

          All I’ve heard about Parker is he’s fast outside of pads. I think it’s a James Jett deal with him. I doubt he’ll ever play CB at OSU.

          • ean says:
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            I hope someone beats out Hardin… either that a light miraculously goes off in Hardin’s head this off-season. Looking at scout.com there is also Ryan Handford who was a JC transfer last year… not sure if he is any good.

  • JackBeav says:
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    I’m hearing that Moala is solid at Cal, and he’s only coming to Corvallis for moral support of Lopa and Paulo. I personally think Lopa is a steal if we can get him. He’s just a monster on the D-line. I realize he’s getting some help from Moala to the inside, but how did that work out for anyone playing with Paea?

    Paulo isn’t any Michael Bibbee, but he takes good angles and has good form. He’s better than some we have recruited at MLB.

  • OSU4Life says:
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    Angry, I’m registered! I really think your site would grow if you created a facebook fan page of ANGRYBEAV.COM! That way we could all “like” your fan page and people could spread the word/ copy the link to angrybeav.com and share with friends. Or what might be even better is create a twitter account? That way you could tweet all of your latest articles and thoughts! I don’t know? It’s just a thought and they’re both free advertisement for you!

    I think the number of Beaver fans whose expectations have risen beyond 6-6, crappy bowl games/seasons is growing. Mediocrity will kill our program if we let it.

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      Angry: Ignore the post above…avoid the evil empire!

      Next y’all will be getting Farmville updated from Hans. Shoot me now.

      F*&! bookface. Too many people giving up their lives to live a fake one online.

      • OSU4Life says:
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        GWH,
        I understand what you’re saying, but you are completely missing my point. Social networking is one of the cheapest forms of advertising, and social networking has a huge market audience. Scout/rivals .com. won’t allow it and the are very limited. O-live has a bunch of 11 year old idiots, and 99% of the articles are about the true “evil empire”, whoregon. I think twitter could do wonders for Angry’s blog! Just my opinon! I know. I know. Everyone has one.

        • JackBeav says:
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          I’m giving up on the strange nicknames for UO other than one. The guys over at Uni Watch have given them the moniker “Nikegon”. They explain that this moniker is neither good nor bad. In their minds it encapsulates the relationship between UO and Nike that both entities worked very hard to promote.

          So the whore reference is not really appropriate. The Ducks aren’t giving it up for money. They’re married to their sugar daddy.

    • angry angry says:
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      I do have a facebook. Search for angrybeavs.com

      You’ll find an awesome leather helmet.

      • angry angry says:
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        I have no idea how to promote on FB, though. It’s why I need some interns! Read job postings.

  • Warrren says:
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    Hopefully Brandin Cooks can do work. He’s taking an unofficial this weekend just to help recruit.

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    Of the players not committed but are visiting, my gut says the Beavers get commitments from Moore, Teofilo, Parker, Peters and Thomas. The other guys just don’t appear to be going to commit. Getting Moala and Peat would be great just don’t see it hap
    pening now.
    Puka Lopa though, I think would be a great pickup. He’s a beast and is underrated. He could do some big things for OSU in the future.

    Here’s hoping for the best.

  • uncanny says:
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    I would be happy with one of those top 10 guys committing, anything more than that would be a very pleasant surprise for me. I know this recruiting weekend is being talked up a lot but my expectations are very low. I do feel that even getting some of these guys to come visit Corvallis is a good step forward for the program. Eventually, one would hope, they will not only visit but also commit.
    Also, what’s with Texas Tech stealing our recruits this year? First Reynolds and now maybe Johnson and Zimmerman, I think losing Zimmerman would be very bad, even with all the other WR recruits.

  • OSU4Life says:
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    Jefferson’s Noa Aluesi commits to the Beavers, according to http://www.oregonlive.com/sports/

    • JackBeav says:
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      I like this kid as a project. Actually, I don’t think he’ll be as big a project as some believe (at DE). I think he’ll be a stud when all is said and done. I sure hope his grades are good enough.

    • angry angry says:
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      I don’t know what to think of this. No opinion. Bad sign that we’re signing him with ~6 slots left and two huge weekends upcoming, though.

      • uncanny says:
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        I don’t know what to think of this pick-up either, where does a 6 foot 8 guy project in football? Defensive end or tight end are the only possibilities. He won’t be counted for this years class if he takes a two year mission right?

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          No… he’s going on mission this year. He’ll be back in 2013. At least that’s what I’ve heard, and O-live mentioned the same.

          We’re not talking about a 6’8″ stiff here. The kid’s very agile, and he’s only been playing ball for four years–at QB. He has room to put on 30 pounds of muscle and retain (or increase) his speed and quickness.

          What would you do with a fast, strong and agile 6’8″, 290# Samoan?

          Hell, maybe Cav claims him for the line. I can see Noa at 310 without pudge.

          • uncanny says:
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            I guess what I was trying to get at was that he won’t be one of the six remaining players for this class because he won’t be on the roster for the next two years, like a being greyshirt for two years.
            You bring up a good point with him playing offensive tackle, but still a huge project if he’s never played or practiced at that position. I am skeptical because there have been very few NFL or college players at 6’8″ or above. Football is a game of leverage, at 6’8″ you don’t have much. All that being said, I would very much like to see him pan out into a star for OSU.

          • angry angry says:
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            I’m skeptical too. 6″8 now, and men don’t completely stop growing until they’re ~21. Just looking at his frame, TE seems like the best fit.

          • JackBeav says:
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            Getting underneath for leverage is more important on the interior line. And height doesn’t hinder that. It’s all about agility and power. A tackle is the same, except they also need to be more powerful with their punches and quicker laterally. Height helps with the lateral quickness and size helps with the power and reach a tackle could have. But being a stiff gets you to the same place at any height… on the bench.

            Anthony Munoz – 6’6″
            Tony Boselli – 6’7″
            Jonathan Ogden – 6’9″

          • osbeavs says:
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            Height can actually help leverage if an athlete can use it. Remember, give me a big enough lever, I can move the world. I had a wrestling coach that always used to tell me that. The taller a person is, the bigger the lever.

      • brownale900 says:
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        Great get.

        Doesn’t count against this class and has a chance to develop into a MASSIVE human being. With his frame, he could easily go over 3 bills before his career is over.

    • michaelm says:
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      Nice project to gamble on I think. Plus I always like to see PIL guys in the program, However, when is the last time a player came back after a mission and was a major contributor? There may be someone I am forgetting, but I don’t recall one. I don’t know if they lose interest, competitiveness, or fall out of shape (even with all the bike riding).

      • angry angry says:
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        BYU’s entire team. 🙂

        • ean says:
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          Correct me if I am wrong but I don’t think we have to offer hi in 2013 if he is out of shape. Basically all we did was build some good will, which is a smart move in my opinion. Like offering a JC-bound kid out of high school… it just gets a foot in the door.

  • OSU4Life says:
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    Here is a youtube highlight video of Noa Aluesi, he is #5.

    • ean says:
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      Nice… he is definitely a big kid and you always like former QB’s. Hopefully this gets us in and he comes back to OSU after his mission. Could make a good DE or TE.

    • JackBeav says:
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      Other than his agility, this tape is worth one play–at the :32 mark.

  • ObjCritic says:
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    I know many various defensive alignments and alternatives have been discussed on this site, but given the high number of DE’s recruited, and the lack of depth at DT, is a 3-4 something that might be in the works?

    Chronically, OSU is unable to land the highly talented DTs that make the difference. Paea is an exception and a legitimate example of Riley’s staff “unearthing a gem.”

    But, if OSU can’t get the DT’s it needs for a 4-3, it seems like having a number of fast linebackers (Akuna, Doctor, Welch, Collins), a boatload of DE’s who might play either DE or inside LB, could lend itself to a 3-4.

    I find it difficult to believe OSU’s Banker would make such a fundamental shift, but the recruiting of so many DE’s and LB’s is curious to me.

    Imagine sticking one or two of those DE’s in at an ILB position to provide some bulk, and rotating the other DE’s to keep them fresh. Throw in the speed of the outside linebackers, and it seems like it could be very effective. Hell, even play some zone coverage like Cal and you can probably generate more TO’s than OSU does with its man-to-man coverage. And TO’s is something OSU is going to need more of….

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      It seems to me Banker and Riley may actually be making a change. It on the surface looks like they might switching to a 3-4 due to the amount of linebackers they have compared to DT. I think the 3-4 would work effectively with the type of linebackers that will be starting next season and the linebackers coming in next season.

    • JackBeav says:
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      I really like this idea, and it’s not because I’ve been saying we should do it for years. It’s not even because Stanford proved it could be effective without speed. It’s because these are the players we know how to recruit and ‘coach up’.

      Every defensive player we have in the NFL that I can think of has switched from their college 4-3 positions to play in a 3-4 system. That’s what NFL scouts think of our coach’s position evaluations apparently.

      You have something backwards though. The OLB’s line up more often as a DE would in the 4-3. The ILB’s are the speedy types who play inside out. That’s why we should go to the 3-4. Every DE OSU gets is this hybrid type 3-4 OLB. Just about every DT we get is a 3-tech.

      Watching last year, I thought Masaniai would make a spectacular NT with Paea as a 3-tech. Those two seemed to have a natural feel for each other, and Castro has some bulk for the 0-tech. If Masaniai is indeed the type of player I think he is, then we would be in good shape for a shift to that defense.

      If Tuivailala is half of what many have said he is, then he would be an excellent NT on the two-deeps. That would leave Fred Thompson free to roam as a 3-tech.

      If we’re going to a 3-4, we need one more HS tackle type though. Moala is a NT prospect. Peat Jr. is a 3-tech prospect. And Isaac Seumalo (2012) is a 3-tech prospect. Molesi and Iona would have fit this mold as well.

      Now that I’ve spent 10 minutes of my life wishing and writing about the Beavs and a move to a 3-4 defense, I realize it’s a waste of time. It’s change. It’s innovation. That makes it an impossible solution to any problem OSU.

      • angry angry says:
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        We have viable DT options in Thompson, Castro M, and Frahm. The latter worked his way to respectability last year.

        The problem is depth. I’ve been hearing rumblings that Manny has a way to go before being game ready.

        For this reason, a 3-4 should be explored. There is much more depth and skill at LB next year. The weakness this season could and should be a strength next…

  • angry angry says:
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    Do you guys see Moore as a potential CB? I see him only at safety, but there’s a lot of talk that if he commits we land a lock down corner. Disagree with that.

    • JackBeav says:
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      This Byron Moore?
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9R_df3cYZOo

      I want… which means now that I’ve said it he will choose somewhere else.

      Damn!

      • osbeavs says:
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        I really like this kid’s swagger and instincts. I don’t think he would be that great of a safety in our current system though. Our safety position is basically another LB as they do a lot of run support. This kid tackles at the ankles like Pankey did, he would be maddening to watch at safety. Now if we switched to having a true SS and true FS, he would be money at the FS position, especially in a cover 1 scheme. He also can blitz very well, Moore on a FS blitz would be an exciting play.

    • ean says:
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      You know where the film is on him?

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      He looks like a damn good CB. He plays the ball extremely well, Banker must not approve of such great instincts.

      • JackBeav says:
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        I agree. He intercepts the ball far too often to be an effective CB in our system. He needs to practice turning his head away from the ball once he sees it in the air.

        How else could he run over the receiver when the ball’s thrown short?

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        I just think he looks too thick (and gasp, a step slow) to play CB. He looks to me like a prototypical “ball-hawking” safety. Some of those interceptions were on HORRIBLE throws…

        I want the guy, I’m just not sold that he’s our answer to the CB problem in this class. We need Peters at least, and really we need both Peters and McClure.

        Am I the only person seeing Moore in this light?

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          I don’t think there is anything wrong with him being a CB at all BUT I think he is actually a better safety than he is a CB. He would be a fantastic ball-hawking safety. I do think OSU is recruiting him to be a safety.

        • JackBeav says:
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          You’re probably going to have a hard sell because most of us have seen a S play CB for a year, and we know this S would be a better one. From a purist standpoint I can see your concern. But I think he plays the ball nicely.

          I would rather have McClure than him, but that ship might be sailing to Berkeley as well.

          • angry angry says:
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            I figured people were comparing him to Hardin rather than an ideal corner. Losing the CB to Texas Tech really hurt…that’s been the biggest disappointment thus far for me.

  • AfghanBeav AfghanBeav says:
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    What happened to Rahmel Dockery, he still thinking about us?

  • angry angry says:
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    Storm Woods latest film.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qB0jXRwJwDA

    This guy looks like a prototypical RB…only knock would be is that he’s slightly upright when he first takes the handoff, and he his top end speed only looks “good”…I don’t see how this guy isn’t the starter.

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      Will he be there for Spring or just Fall? I see him going the Quizz route to be a starter. He won’t start at first but a couple games in or maybe 3 games in takes over as the starting RB.

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      I think Ward will have a slight edge over him, simply because he’s enrolled in school now and will have winter and spring in the program. It looks to me like Ward has better speed, although it may not be significantly better.

      Anyone think Ryan Murphy might get a look at RB?

      • OneEyedKing says:
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        For the first 1:30, he’s just playing like LaMichael James; hit huge holes and sprint away, never to be touched.

        But that run at 1:30 was excellent; juking, breaking tackles…he has potential.

        But that uptight running style is not good for a smaller back. Eric Dickerson could pull it off because he was huge. Adrian Peterson is the same. A smaller back makes me worry, but it can be fixed.

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      I worry that this kid is benefiting from a very talented team. His film was not as impressive as Quizz. I remember watched the Quizz film and saying, “Good Lord, his legs don’t stop moving, can anyone ever bring him down.” Woods doesn’t seem to do much after the first serious contact. He also doesn’t seem to run angry/look to deliver a blow at the inevitable tackle point. He seems like a Ryan McCants type runner. Honestly, we need a S. Jax type guy with our offensive line.

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        Man stop the hate. His tape is very impressive. His 2 runs from 1:30 to 1:56 were phenomenal. Then his catch for a TD after that 2 guys jumped on his back and he shed them. Then look at his at about 2:15, guy came flying at him and just bounced off him. He will be a big time player at OSU.

        He’s far from McCants. He uses his power and speed well and can make guys miss. Once he becomes a starter at OSU he will put up big numbers.

        • osbeavs says:
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          I am not hating, I am just saying that he may be benefiting from a very talented group around him. Someone alluded to James at UO, they may be onto something here. I am saying that I think that we need a bruiser to succeed in our system, a guy that consistently gets yards after contact, is Storm that guy?

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            I think he is. He has some runs where he runs over guys. Based off the run scheme of the Beavers, they don’t necessarily need a bruiser. Think back to guys like Simonton and Bernard they weren’t bruisers. Storm Woods can be a bruiser and has some good speed. I look forward to him in a Beaver uniform. He will be a good one.

  • angry angry says:
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    angrybeavs.com has a new job listing!
    (ha ha)

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    Just read Ryan Katz broke his wrist in the Civil War and kept playing. Wow, guess you can’t question his toughness. It was his wrist on his hand btw.

  • angry says:
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    Moala and Michael Thomas are not visiting this weekend.

    • Max says:
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      He is coming next weekend, correct? For what it’s worth, Scout has him as a soft verbal to Cal with OSU still in the mix. Too bad I already know how this ends.

    • JackBeav says:
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      I thought the Grant kids were all coming for CW weekend (next weekend). Are you saying Moala isn’t coming at all?

      • angry angry says:
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        Right now he is scheduled for next weekend, but until yesterday he was slated to visit the 14th.

  • angry angry says:
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    Rivals still lists Moala as visiting this weekend. According to a Cal blogger who sent me an email, this is not happening.

    scout.com says all 4 Grants are visiting next weekend, which could be a blessing in disguise as the weather should be much improved on the 21st.

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    The GT in a story today (Friday, Jan 14) mentions a new commit:

    “Noa Aluesi, a defensive end out of Portland’s Jefferson High, committed to the Beavers. The 6-foot-8, 255-pounder was also the Crusaders’ quarterback.
    Utah, Portland State and Idaho were his other primary options. Aluesi plans to go on a two-year Mormon mission before joining the Beavers, so he won’t be at OSU until at least the 2013 season.
    Aluesi was second-team 6A last season. Rivals.com ranks him as a two-star athlete.”

    I saw Aluesi play this past Fall in a game against my son’s high school team. I would rate this kid at 3-stars. He’s a legit athlete. He’s huge (looked to be all of his listed 6’8″ and 255 lbs) and surprisingly fast and agile for his size. Hopefully he’ll come back in two years, after his mission, as a man rather than a boy. Stay tuned on this guy….

  • OSU4Life says:
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    Here is a list of potential running backs to replace Jacquizz Rodgers. I also attached each players highlight video for those that had one, or whatever I could find for those who didn’t. If anyone can find highlight videos for the players that don’t have one, please post a link if you find one.

    Ryan McCants: http://dddwww.oregonstate.rivals.com/cviewplayer.asp?Player=84526 http://oregonstate.scout.com/a.z?s=182&p=8&c=1&nid=2415710

    Jovan Stevenson: http://blog.oregonlive.com/behindbeaversbeat/2009/08/oregon_state_frosh_tailback_jo.html

    Jordan Jenkins: (Jenkins is #22, Bishop is #1) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wx5W7nSAZJ0 http://cliffkirkpatrick.mvourtown.com/tag/jordan-jenkins/

    Malcolm Marable: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVUP0vwRwg4

    Terron Ward: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7-DtOPY9fI&feature=player_embedded

    Malcolm Agnew: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f5WoMUo39RU

    Storm Woods: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qB0jXRwJwDA

    • angry angry says:
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      If Jordan Jenkins is our RB, and knowing Riley he will be, God save the queen.

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        I really hope you are wrong! If anything, I hope Riley decides to go running back by committee, maybe even changes up some offensive formations for more of a 2 back type of offense. More zone reads, pitches and sweeps with a mobile Katz as our QB.
        I better stop, because I’m getting too creative here, lol.

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        Didn’t someone here during the season say that Riley was going to incorporate more spread elements in his offense this coming season? Maybe, Riley will move to an Air Raid offense with a 3-4 D… One can dream right? It seems with our personnel that this are our optimum schemes. A little bit of option in the Air Raid to utilize Katz’ mobility. This limits the need for a dominant RB, if Jenkins is our guy it won’t hurt that much. Maybe this is why we played football out of the gun so much this year.

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          If I remember right, Jenkins does pass block pretty well. McCants with his size should also be able to pass block. Air Raid with RB’s who pass block and are delayed outlet backs… Set this up the whole game then put Stevenson in there for a wheel route and a TD… Sorry I love to dream.

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    With Cal and UW getting major stadium upgrades I think the new west side is a priority for recruiting. I heard we may start spring 2014. Let’s hope so. I personally would LOVE to see a double-deck in the south endzone just built at the same time and a completely bowled in horseshoe with seating for 55K. With just a new west side I am thinking only 49K seats max would result. Workable but I really believe if we “build it then they will come” and think BDC should go for it with improved marketing and attractive price levels including plenty more Valley View seats which were a smashing success this year after BDC listened to the fans. This program can be great if we all unite to build it together!

  • osubaby osubaby says:
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    I don’t know if I’m the first to come up with this. Angry, if you are going to market the site on the Internet then you are going to need street solidiers as well. We all need hoodies or t-shirts for games and well just about any day with the website on it. I could see a lot of good and bad traffic but more than anything our voices could be heard by a bigger beaver audience. Just an idea, I’m ready to buy my hoodie. XL please!

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    What does everyone think of Keith McGill? He’s a big (6’4 215lb)JC safety that runs a 4.3 4o yard dash. He is a soft verbal to Utah who is visiting OSU this weekend!
    http://oregonstate.scout.com/a.z?s=182&p=8&c=1&nid=4948388

    • mw2 says:
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      If USC offered him, then I’m all for him.

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        I believe USC did offer him. He also has a 36 inch vertical jump, which I forgot to mention!

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      Really good athlete. What scout says about him though is concerning. “He prefers to roam about the perimiter of the game, rarely getting involved in a play unless it’s as the last man back at deep safety.”

      That would be a problem. He’s a good cover guy but I think the Beavers need a safety who’s a little more physical.

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    What do you guys think of Walton Taumoepeau?http://oregonstate.scout.com/a.z?s=182&p=8&c=1&nid=5325081

    He’s visiting this weekend. Angry I think said while ago that he was having grade issues, I wonder if any knows if that still holds true?

  • angry angry says:
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    Lamar DeRego is visiting Arizona this weekend (please commit there!).

    Jabral Johnson is visiting Texas Tech.

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      I sense OSU getting phucked over by this.

      For some reason I feel as if Johnson will choose TT and take Zimmerman with him. Maybe this is why Riley & Co. brought in Marvin Hall (Zimmerman replacement?). Johnson was the best LB prospect, too.

      OSU is also on Devin Lucien’s final cut list:

      http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/recruiting/player-Devin-Lucien-106432

      Has Riley been recruiting him secretly? I’ve heard no indications Lucien was even thinking of OSU…

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        BTW, Lucien will choose a school on Jan. 30th.

        His final list includes:

        Oregon State
        Arizona State
        Michigan
        Colorado
        Nebraska
        UCLA
        Kentucky
        Texas A&M

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          Strikes me as an odd group of teams. I’m concerned as well about Texas Tech grabbing Johnson and in turn getting Zimmerman. That’s probably why Riley has been recruiting Marvin Hall and Lucien. It would really suck to lose Johnson.

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    My bet is that Lucien picks between Colorado and UCLA. Colorado can offer early PT. Doubt he’ll pick OSU with the stable of WRs we have this year.

    Marvin Hall is rumored to have grade issues…not sure how bad though. Colorado canceled his official visit this weekend after an academic review.

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    Assuming OSU has 6 spots left, and knowing what we know about Moala, and excluding the pipe-dream of McClure, Peat, etc., here is my list of who I want to fill those spots:

    1. Rahmel Dockery
    2. Byron Moore
    3. Torian White
    4. Marcus Peters
    5. Juda Parker
    6. Vi Teofilo

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    I’m really anxious to know what the recruits think about the visit.

    Is there any insider that can drop any news?

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      Not much yet, but I’ll post stuff as soon as stuff appears. If anyone can got to the USC game, I’d saggest doing it to impress the recruits. Roberto Nelson already said he wants people loud and to get there at 6!

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    suggest*

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    The gem in this group may very well be Rudolf Fifita. I follow all the southern cal recruits and this guy is a winner. A freak injury resulted in him flying under the radar this year as he only played in half the games. He started for two years on the Junior College National Champion Mt. Sac team and his performance in the national championship game turned a lot of heads. He dominated USC recruit David Garness — two sacks and 2 tackles for loss in a dominating win. Physically gifted, a legit 6’3.5″ with a recorded sixty time of 4.6 makes him a great get. More importantly, he can drop back into pass coverage better than most outside linebackers and nobody gets outside on this guy. He will be a starter and could easily put on weight and move inside. More highly ranked Byron Moore is also a great get and better than advertised. I am optimistic about this class.

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    Thanks SC Guru. Fafita is an animal and dominated everybody he played against. Every Mt. Sac defensive starter earned a scholarship and Fifita is the best of the bunch. Hawaii is after him now with requests for more visits are coming in. The Beavers will be lucky to get him. Fifita and Barnett would be unstoppable and the thought of them going after PAC-12 QB’s is awesome.

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    “win or lose, we still booze”
    “1st the worst 2nd the best, Beavers 3rd in the PAC-10 with hairest chest”
    “At least we are going bowling”

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    Angry, you might want to add Rahmel Dockery to the visit list. He’s visiting this weekend.

  • angry angry says:
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    Marcus Peters loving his trip…possible commit in the near future.

  • mw2 says:
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    Where are you reading that Marcus Peters loved his trip?

    I want to read that Todd Peat and Byron Moore are loving theres…

  • Warren says:
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    Peters is a big time player. He also has offers from USC and Miami.

    • mw2 says:
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      Where are you all getting your information?

      Scout? Rivals?

      I refuse to pay sub. fees at those sites.

      • angry angry says:
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        Other bloggers, FB, twitter, rivals (via friends), etc.

        People relay stuff…I hate researching.

      • Warren says:
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        Rivals. it’s probably not worth it, but it’s my recruiting fix.

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    Earl Foster lists “Oregon State Football” on his Facebook page as an “interest.”

    • Warren says:
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      So did Brennan Scarlett.

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        But Earl Foster is already commited to Houston… why not list Houton Football on FB?

        If he tripped to Corvallis while a verbal to Houston and only has OSU listed on FB… there’s a good chance he becomes a beaver… see Daryl Jackson.

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          If we landed Foster, I wouldn’t be as disappointed if we lost Johnson. Granted Johnson is better and I would be very disappointed, but Foster isn’t a slouch either.

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            Jabral Johnson is projected as a LB…. Foster is a Safety

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            Johnson would be a huge loss. He’s never been happy with Oregon State for some reason…seems like a south/southwest boy at heart. I think we lose him.

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            Say goodbye to Zimmerman, too!

            This is why OSU potentially has Rahmel Dockery, Michael Thomas and Marvin Hall in waiting.

            It’s funny that every WR OSU picked up in the beginning is now pretty much gone.

            I’d gladly trade Zimmerman to get Kenzel Doe back.

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            I don’t think Zimmerman would necessarily follow Johnson to Tech.

            Zimmerman is also much better than Doe.

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        Scarlett was way overrated. I could care less about him going to Cal (or anywhere else)–he will be a bust.

        Earl Foster is intriguing. He looks like a better CB than Safety. Great in run support and plays the ball well. I’m not sure if his speed is lacking…? Maybe that’s why he’s projected at S.

        I feel as if Moore and Foster should have their positions reversed.

        • Warren says:
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          Apparently the coaches told Foster he would play rover? What the hell is that? Is Banker changing things up?

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    Paul Buker tweet:

    “Add, recruiting: was told tonight that the four Grant HS of Sacto FB players (all being wooed by OSU) may be coming NEXT week”

    So Sample is back in?

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      Yes, I made a comment above this above. If they do all visit next weekend it’s a blessing in disguise as the weather is supposed to be beautiful.

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    Hmmm, Brandin Cooks said there may be a surprise or two. I can only hope that one of them is Peat Jr.

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      Dockery, Peat, and Teofilo would be guys I’d classify as surprises. I didn’t even know Dockery was visiting this weekend…I’d say Foster would be a minor surprise.

      • Warren says:
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        I think McGill would classify as one too. I’d take him in a heartbeat.

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          True.

          I forget what his film looked like…I haven’t watched in it months since I figured he was solid with Utah.

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            Just rewatched his film…he is huge and hits like Ronnie Lott. Some of the throws by those QBs make me question the level of competition.

            Since he’s a 3×2 or 2×2 guy (not sure which) he’s probably looking for immediate playing time, and the Beavs offer that with Collins moving to LB. That would make the safety who transfer from BYU a backup…I’d be happy with that lineup. Even if McGill goes elsewhere…I think that BYU guy might be a player. I’m not at all worried about safety.

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            I think they moved the BYU tranfer (Teo) to linebacker. Might have been reported by Cliff a month or so ago. You think Moore or McGill would start over Watkins next year? I thought he played well this past season.

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            He did play well, but he’s a bit undersized. I’d think if the Beavers sign Moore he’ll be a CB (that’s the word right now). If they sign McGill, I imagine they’ll duke it out in practice and may the best man will win.

            I suggest people look at Earl Foster’s film and tell me with a straight face that he’s not the most promising CB prospect we’re interested in…if he’s 4.5 or lower you have to make him a corner instead of safety. I like his film more than McClure, Peters, Moore, McGill, etc.

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            Beavers recruiting Foster to be a CB.

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      God bless Brandin Cooks.

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    Keep in mind that if we get Todd Peat Jr. we might have the inside track to his brother Andrus who is a big time OL recruit in next year class.

  • angry angry says:
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    Niiice, Lamar DeRego liked his Arizona visit. Please decommit!

  • angry angry says:
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    Moore doesn’t seem to like the rainy weather. Looks like he bonded well with James Rodgers, though.

    • mw2 says:
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      Well, what’s Tennessee like in the winter time?

      Too bad these kids visited during major down-pour.

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    http://www.hawaiiprepworld.com/football/poi-report-kapolei-ol-to-visit-oregon-state/#

    Haha…. looks like we are fighting Montana for this kid.

    “Big and raw” – Just the way we take’em.

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    Oregon and Hawaii are recruiting him as well.
    Guard is definitely a position of need.

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    According to Scout.com

    Richard Mullaney committed to…….The Oregon State!

    http://oregonstate.scout.com/a.z?s=182&p=9&c=4&yr=2011

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