16.Jan.2011 Recruiting Weekend Rumors

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The comment section in the thread below is becoming extraneous, so let's use this area to talk about what transpired over the weekend.

Jabral Johnson tripped to Texas Tech, didn't like it, and sured up his commitment to the Beavers. This is huge news.

Beavs reportedly made up a lot of ground with Marcus Peters and Vi Teofilo. There's a buzz that Peters will commit.

Byron Moore enjoyed this trip and made good friends with James Rodgers, but the weather seemed to be something he couldn't acclimate to.

Rudolf Fifita will likely be a Beaver. Someone from Southern Cal posted in the comment area that he thinks Fifita is a real sleeper. I don't see it, but the guy claims to have seen him in person. He's telling me his only offer is New Mexico State because of an injury issue. 

Lamar DeRego visited Arizona and loved it. Personally, I'd like him to go there so we can open a scholie at a position of need.

Those are my notes. If any of you have anything else let me know.

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  • angry angry says:
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    Oh, and go Jets!

  • VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
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    do you get better updates from beaverblitz or beaverfootball? which do you recommend for better information in january.

    • angry angry says:
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      I cannot recommend giving money to blitz–they are massive, oppressive dicks.

  • duckshooter5 says:
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    who’s visiting this week? i know the grant 4, torian white and jaswha james are but who else?

    • angry angry says:
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      Offensive guard, Samson Kaleikini.

      That’s it, then some guys like Scott and Klute who are already committed.

      • duckshooter5 says:
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        hopefully some of the committed guys can sway the grant 4 into coming to OSU maybe this recruiting class switches up OSU’s swagger a little with dudes that play with alot of swagger such as Jaswha James, Brandin Cooks, and Richard Mullaney.

        • angry angry says:
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          I don’t think Scott or Klute will have any affect on the Grant 4. Wish Cooks was in town next weekend–he and Darryl Jackson our best recruiters. I think Jackson is on campus…not sure about that.

          • duckshooter5 says:
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            well hopefully Jaswha James can sway Torian White into committing since there both from the same area(so cal) and maybe they can get into the heads of the grant 4 especially James Sample he’s a beast.

          • angry angry says:
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            There are all kinds of rumors swirling…some have the Grant 4 canceling, some have the two lower rated coming on visits, and some have all four on a visit…

            Gut tells me the Beavs don’t even get a visit from Sample or Moala.

          • mw2 says:
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            If Moala and Sample don’t visit, then why bother with Paulo or Lopa? The lesser two don’t impress me. Put the time into other recruits.

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            Lopa is really underrated. He’s been slept on but he will be good.

          • VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
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            Yeah, I read that just Paulo and Lopa are visiting. That is a definite blow. Getting Moala would’ve been huge.

  • VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
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    I think Marcus Peters commits real soon. He narrowed his list to Washington ad OSU. Would be a tremendous get for the Beavs.

  • OSU4Life says:
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    I really just hope we sign a really good class with a lot of speed on both sides of the ball this year! Does anybody know what the highest ranked recruiting class OSU has ever signed? I hope this year is the best ever for OSU!

    • beavers4life says:
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      nationally
      2002: 49
      2003: 56
      2004: 34
      2005: tied @51 with Northwestern
      2006: 41
      2007: 40
      2008: 61
      2009: 48
      2010: 67
      2011: 42 so far

      conference
      1)USC: 6th
      2)Stanford: 12th
      3)CAL:14th
      4)UofO: 16th
      5)UW: 19th
      6)Utah: 39
      7)OSU: 42
      8)WSU: 49
      9)ASU: 57
      10)Arizona: 60
      11)UCLA: 64
      12)Colorado: 88

      So if we get a few more 3-4 star recruits…I think we’ll be able to move up on the scout.com national rankings.

      • UofDuck says:
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        Rivals – top 50 (all that was listed for free) and the Pac – 10 order – as of 1-15:

        4. USC
        9. O
        10. Cal
        17. Stan
        27. UW
        30. UT
        49. AZ
        ? ASU
        ? OSU
        ? Wazzu
        ? UCLA

        Not sure where ESPN has everyone?

  • mw2 says:
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    Wheres the news on Juda Juda Juda Parker?

    Peters needs to eliminate Washington right now. Screw UW. They get good recruits but usually go 5-7 or 4-8.

    • Warren says:
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      Parker said the visit surpassed his expectations, and that he is visiting CU next week. However, we are definitely in the mix with him.

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        I think Parker ends up at OSU. He would be a big get.

      • mw2 says:
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        Has the ship sailed on Byron Moore?

        So he didn’t like the weather… he’s not going to choose OSU because he happened to visit on a freak weekend when we are experiencing 5 inches of rain?

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          Not at all. He won’t be choosing a school based off some bad weather. It’s down to Miami and OSU as far as I can tell. Seriously doubtful he ends up at Tennessee

          • angry angry says:
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            Recruits make decisions based on weather daily. Why would you say this?

          • VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
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            That is simply not true. A recruit turning down OSU because of a rainy weekend in Corvallis? are you serious? So if Miami had a bunch of rain during his trip do you think he would turn them down?

          • firebeav says:
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            no, but does miami have a reputation for lots of rain? we are known for our rain so this just establishes that further in any recruits mind

          • angry angry says:
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            Exactly. If it rains in Miami it’s an aberration, and having spent time there, I can tell you it rarely last more than a half hour. A weekend of downpours in a part of the country known for poor weather is completely different.

            The Beavs need to learn how to market their weather…they can say it’s eerie and only real men play in bad weather, etc. Challenge a guy’s manhood.

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            Some people really do have problems dealing with the gray skies and wet winters of the Pacific Northwest. Byron Moore may be one of those people. He originally chose LA and now he’s probably going to Miami.

            Honestly, if sun and blue sky are that important to him, Moore wouldn’t be happy in Corvallis, and he’s better off going to Miami. Better to figure that out in advance, rather than coming to OSU and being miserable from November through May each year. Sounds to me like Moore is just not cut out to be a Beaver.

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            If you are only going to recruit in sunny California, Arizona,Hawaii, Texas (occasionally), it’s a wonder anyone commits to the Beavers, assuming rainy weather is a detriment. On the other hand, March/April daffodils, greenery, and flowering trees will seem blissful to someone from snowy climates.

          • mckalk mckalk says:
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            Climate and the size of the city play a role with some kids from large metro areas. I think in general many are getting more sophisticated about how they will be coached, where they fit in on the roster and how soon they will be playing, but lets face it, these are just kids and from some of the curriculums I have seen, they are not going to be studying 24/7. They want cool options for their free time. That is where OSU faces an uphill battle at times.

  • mw2 says:
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    That scholarship OSU gave to DeRego sure would be nice to have back right about now.

    • mw2 says:
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      Any chance Riley pulls an offer from a lesser recruit if more higher profile guys commit than originally thought?

  • mw2 says:
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    Byron Moore twitter update:

    “Back to cali to dry off lol”

    “Bye bye beaver nation” <– hopefully not

    (James Rodgers is also corresponding with Moore on twitter- Did they strike up a bromance?)

    • Warren says:
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      Dude, you’re reading wayyy much into his tweets. “bye bye Beaver nation” probably refers t him going back home from his visit.

  • Pdx10 says:
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    I found the language in this quote to be interesting. “I’m not interested in any other job,” Riley said. “I hope I have my lifetime job right here.”

  • duckshooter5 says:
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    i doubt we’re getting any of the grant players period maybe paulo but lopa is going to UCLA most likely.

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    Well looks like the Beavers lost out on Moore. Just read he is leaning towards eliminating Oregon State. Probably going to commit to Miami.

    • angry angry says:
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      Where did you read this?

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        http://www.volnation.com/forum/tennessee-vols-recruiting/65136-09-ca-s-byron-moore-59.html

        If it is indeed true that he’s eliminating Oregon State that would be another lost opportunity, unfortunately.

        • angry angry says:
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          Funny, a Miami fan just wrote this on his twitter “word is your going to oregon st…would of been nice to see you starting at cb here at the U!”

        • Warren says:
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          Look at his FB page, his new photo album is just UT and UM. I think we’re done. Hopefully we can get McGill!

          • angry angry says:
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            In that case, we are probably done.

            If Peters signs I don’t see Moore as a big loss. We need a true corner much more than a safety or corner/hybrid.

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            Beavers I think will get 2 corners in the class (Foster and Peters) but Moore would’ve been a tremendous get for the football program. I just would like to see them for once get these A level recruits.

          • Warren says:
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            Peters is an A player IMO and so is McGill.

          • angry angry says:
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            Foster and Peters would both be good gets. I’d take them both over Moore. Something tells me Moore is a bit overrated…can’t get over his thick size (hip/swivel) for a corner, and the fact he doesn’t have top end speed. At safety, sure, but we’re stocked there.

            I realize I graded him as an A recruit, but I think I got caught up in the stars and hype…and I also thought we wanted him at safety…he’s a B level guy if you rewatch the film and look at it honestly.

          • mw2 says:
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            HAHA!

            He’s coming to OSU: “An A-Level recruit”

            He’s eliminating OSU: “He’s a B-Level recruit, really… We didn’t want him anyway!”

            And the cycle continues for Beaver fans…

          • angry angry says:
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            Well, first off I never said Moore was coming to OSU. I said he didn’t like the weather and likely wasn’t coming.

            Also, I hadn’t watched his film in months, and rewatched it this morning. Foster and Peters are not Beavers, yet I think they are better fits since we need true corners.

            In short, he’s an A safety and a B corner.

          • JackBeav says:
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            Dude! Let me clue you in to how some of these blogs work.

            VolNation is actually pretty fun to read, and I read a lot of it last year with Gio in the mix. But they are REALLY full of themselves… well… their school.

            They knew their coaching staff sucked hard eggs, but they loved that they could recruit. Now they’re in a sort of limbo. They’re sure that anything SEC is better than anything… um… anything.

            They’re not nearly as annoying a read as the Nebraska blogs. Those guys think they’re Ivy League academics, and the Pelinis are all Vince Lombardi clones. Frankly, they’re a bunch of pompous idiots who will awaken to a black day for the black shirts if they can ever pull it together for a complete season.

            In the end I think Moore is trusting of the USC staff that recruited him, and some of them are at Miami now.

  • mw2 says:
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    Hey guys, if the rest of the recruiting season turns sour fast, at least we can look back and say “We got Kellen Clute!”

    -Don’t forget your lunchpails!

    • angry angry says:
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      Hehe.

      Remember how we were all optimistic about the Grant 4 a few weeks ago…? Yeah. Another recruiting loss. I’m hoping we can salvage the MLB at least.

    • JackBeav says:
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      Again, Clute is not to be taken lightly. I know TE is an obscure position, but he is a football player. There was only one TE rated above him in Washington after the season.

      On top of that–and I know our staff will not do this–but Clute is an excellent candidate to convert to OT. I think Hamlett is also an excellent OT project from the ground up. But these guys are being promised TE duty.

      I think there’s a kid named Niklas out there who is smart enough to know that the whole TE vs. OT thing shouldn’t even be a discussion.

  • angry angry says:
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    We’re so thin at CB…looking at the roster.

    Poyer
    Hardin
    Reynolds

    Then it’s guys like Martin, Kenyan Parker, Handford…one injury and we’re in major trouble…

    It’s hard to believe the coaches haven’t been able to secure some CBs given the lack of depth.

    • ObjCritic says:
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      I’d love to see Handford get some playing time this year. Martin and Parker seem so damn light to be playing D in the pac-12; difficult to imagine them providing run support consistently.

      I would have preferred to see Parker’s speed used consistently on kick returns and as a wr rather than as a cb.

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        I’m curious to see how Scoobz (Handford) developed over the past RS year. He’s a funny guy on the twitter.

  • angry angry says:
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    I just looked, and the last true CB we signed out of high school was Martin back in 2009…

    Two years without a prep CB is suicide.

    Meanwhile, we have 20 Wrs and 15 DEs.
    The staff has to land Peters, and maybe even convert Larry Scott to CB.

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  • OSU4Life says:
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    I want to hear more about those who “DID” like OSU, than those who supposedly didn’t like OSU. Nearly 20 recruits visited this past weekend, the majority walked away impressed, I’m sure! OSU has a lot of selling points, and a lot to offer. What is the latest?

    • angry angry says:
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      Mullaney and Cooks loved it. Juda Parker said it exceeded expectations. Jabral Johnson raved about OSU after seeing Texas Tech. Peters loved it.

      Foster and McGill are two guys I’d like to hear from.

      • angry angry says:
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        Also, Teofilo now shows “high” interest in the Beavers on rivals. I think it was medium before…

        He’d be a nice get. We really need CBs, Guards, and DTs the rest of the way.

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          We will be finding out this week who Peters chooses. I think he chooses the Beavers.

          • mckalk mckalk says:
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            I get tired of the high, medium, low interest crap. I would love a recruit to just say….sorry not what I was looking for, cross me off of your list today.

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    Juda Parker cuts list to 4. OSU, Hawaii, Colorado, and Baylor. OSU appears to be the favorite right now especially since he really liked his visit. Would be a really good pickup.

    • angry angry says:
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      Yeah, he would. Seems like a great person, too. Not sure we need another DE…but, I’ll take him.

  • guest says:
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    Via Malcolm Marable’s Facebook:

    “My boy akeem on his official… Hotel room poppin!”

    Apparently Akeem Gonzalez made a trip?

    • angry angry says:
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      Good find. Nobody’s been able to confirm/deny he was there. We need OL!

      • Warren says:
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        Too bad Akeem said we’re recruiting him on the DL.

        • angry angry says:
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          That’s right.
          Dammit.

          Now we need Teofilo and this unknown guard from Hawaii big time. Two offensive linemen is just not enough…it’s how you wind up with 4 walk-ons starting. We all know this, though, so it’s a preach/choir thing. I just find it hard to believe Riley can’t sell playing time.

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            Which Hawaiian lineman you talking about? I saw that the Beavers are recruiting a kid by the name of Faitele Faafoi from California. See tape on him as a DT just not any as an OL.

  • Warren says:
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    Apparently we’re trying to poach a committed player, but I have no clue who he is. Should be interesting.

    • angry angry says:
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      Probably Torian White and McGill, no?

      • Warren says:
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        Apparently it’s someone else and I guess the people at Rivals don’t know if he wants his name out that he is looking around.

        • angry angry says:
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          Moreland?
          But we all know about him.

          I’m not sure…

          My guess is it would be someone from UCLA since they’re in turmoil, or possibly Stanford with the coaching changes.

    • mw2 says:
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      Could this committed player OSU is trying to poach be Moala? hehe.

      Whoever it is, I hope it’s a high profile guy and not some 2-star no one cares about.

      • mw2 says:
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        I’d be happy if it was Bishop Sankey we are trying to poach from Washington State. A kid that highly rated should not be going to WSU….

      • angry angry says:
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        “Hey man, James Rodgers was a 2-star!!” blah blah.

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    Beavers have another o-lineman visiting next week. His name is Samson Kaleikini, anyone seen any film on the guy?

    • angry angry says:
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      Correct.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSMmkESytw8

      Some impressive moments. Looks like he needs another 25-30lbs. Rivals lists him as a tackle, but he was a guard in HS and hopefully that’s what Riley has in mind.

      • JackBeav says:
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        He’s really quick off the line and maintains pretty good leverage. He needs some work, but his speed and strength are a good starting point.

        I still love his C, Manuia Ioane. It seems everyone he ends up on their butt. It’s too bad he’s only 5’10”.

  • brownale9000 says:
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    In other news, Rahmel Dockery enjoyed his visit to OS campus this past weekend.

    It sounds like he’s still holding out for an offer from UW, Hole or TCU, but if they don’t come, we’re his best offer. (Idaho, Hawaii, Wazzu)

    TCU offer is doubtful, they’ve already locked down two CB in this class. Hole has one commit but several offers to better players. Washington has no commits, but has several offers out there.

    I think when all is said and done, we get Peters and Dockery.

  • OSU4Life says:
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    Wow! This is all great stuff to hear! A lot of comments since I last posted, I was hoping just to get a response. Keep the info coming if you get any more!

  • angry angry says:
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    Nice, Vi Teofilo loved his trip. Gut feeling only, but I think he picks the Beavs over ASU. He canceled his SDSU visit. Just thinking logically, why would he cancel a visit (right after leaving Corvallis) unless he was completely blown away and knows where he wants to go? Good sign.

    • ean says:
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      What is he thinking? Why would you pass up a free trip to San Diego?

      • JackBeav says:
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        Because Hoke is gone.

        The poaching OSU is attempting (mentioned above) is very likely Ma’ataua Brown.

        I think Faitele Fa’afoi is a great prospect, but since he gets looks by the big time schools but no offers I’m thinking grades are an issue. he might be an OSU commit that makes it as a late qualifier.

        • JackBeav says:
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          Brown would be interesting. He plays either side of the ball at 6’5″, 300#. I think UW is telling him he’s going to be a DT, and he might want to play OT. It fits that he might want to keep it on the down low, because he’s a quiet kid (hates the recruiting process). If Heyward pulls him in to talk to Seumalo or Cav, we might be in the mix.

          • JackBeav says:
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            Fwiw, Brown has grade issues too. He has always been a little soft on UW, but he might be getting pegged as a scholarship pull due to the unknown quantity of his academics.

        • angry angry says:
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          Good thought process.

          You’d think Stanford would lose guys…I’m surprised to see them remain mostly intact. The lure of that degree is too much I suppose.

          • JackBeav says:
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            Troy Niklas to Notre Dame or USC is about all I hear for them losing any more, but it might be because of admissions. Amir Carlisle already jumped to USC.

  • Warren says:
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    After what Teofilo said, I definitely think we’re in the lead for him.

  • JackBeav says:
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    So, are we assuming six slots? Maybe seven if DeRego decommits?

    This is what I understand from this thread: Peters and Teofilo are likely.
    Parker and Dockery are maybes.
    We’re trying to poach McGill from Utah, Foster from Houston, White from UCLA (and in their minds, USC), and maybe Brown from UW.
    Moore is out, and nothing on Peat Jr.
    The Grant 4 are probably not an option.

  • ean says:
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    Odd there is no word on Peat Jr. He seems like one of the best possible gets out there.

    • BeavBuff says:
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      Peat is taking an official visit to Colorado next week.

      Also, there have been rumblings of academic issues with Peters…anyone know anything?

  • Warren says:
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    What do you guys think of Teofilo? And how soon do you think he could contribute?

    • angry says:
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      I think he’s a 3-star with a 2-star label. Good prospect. Should be a 5.6/3-star using the rivals scale.

  • OSU4Life says:
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    I think there is a fine line between recruiting rankings and finding players you need to be a successful program. To be more specific, I heard that if head coaches recuited based on stars or rankings, then they will be out of a job real soon! There is probably some truth to that, however I think if you are recruiting legit talent the rankings will follow eventually! Or your talent will transpire into wins on the field. OSU won’t sign a top 15 class this year, but they should be in the top 30 every year if they want a Pac-12 Championship! Just my opinion.

    • aicandme aicandme says:
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      OSU4Life, here’s an article that speaks to exactly what you wrote about. It’s too bad Shannon couldn’t improve enough this year to keep his job as I like him as a coach.

      http://msn.foxsports.com/collegefootball/story/Randy-Shannon-Miami-Hurricanes-ignore-recruiting-websites-082710

      • OSU4Life says:
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        Thank you for sharing that article! I would think with the highly ranked and very talented recruiting classes that Miami gets, that they would get more wins on the field. You can’t measure character, competitiveness, heart, coachability, leadership, passion for the game, or desire to win with stars or rankings. Often times what you don’t see measured by the recruiting services, turns out to be the most important!

        • mckalk mckalk says:
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          I personally think some of the Hurricane decline can be traced to now having to battle a competitive South Florida program for recruits. One more BCS team in the mix, that is now starting to get its share of the Florida player pool.

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    Off-topic I know, but what does CFN know that we don’t: In its “First Look” rankings for 2011, OSU is #23, Oregon #11.

    http://cfn.scout.com/2/1040315.html

    Cites return of Katz and 4 O-lineman as a reason, as well as D line and outstanding secondary:

    “2010 might have been a disappointment, and Jacquizz Rodgers might be gone, but the offense has more than enough returning experience to be solid. Who’ll step up and become a playmaker? QB Ryan Katz will the focal point of the attack, and he should get time to work behind a line that gets four starters back. The defensive front should be a major positive even with the loss of star tackle Stephen Paea. The secondary should be outstanding. “

    • brownale9000 says:
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      I’m not far off from that assessment.

      We’ll be better. Despite the kvetching about our offensive and defensive lines, we should overall be better. A stronger, more experienced O-line is better than a weaker, less experienced O-line. Right? Hope hope…

      But Oregon loses key positions…3 OL and 3 DL starters as well as 2 LB and 2 WR.

      Overall, I think they’ll be down from last year and we’ll be up a little bit. Probably won’t win the civil war, but I’m fine with a battle for the Holiday/Alamo bowl, which is kind of what I expect.

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    I think we will be better too. Maybe I am a Beaver homer but our biggest weakness was DE and LB play which is huge in Bankers system and it seems like the coaching staff has done a ton to address this. Paea will be a tough loss but in the past we have been put out good defenses with DT’s that just take up bodies. Dock will be a huge loss and it is too bad we didn’t lose Hardin too but safety play will be improved. Since Hardin will likely remain a CB I hope he is not lifting any weights and working exclusively on agility type stuff.

    The other huge issue is O-line (I think RB is an overrated position). We’ll see, I am cautiously optimistic that Riley will allow some competition. Also the pass protection for the most part was decent so I think that bodes well for a team that will look to establish the pass first next year instead of trying to force the run. It seemed like the run blocking really started to sag as the games went on last year… for a while I was thinking it was conditioning but now I wonder if it was more because we were trying to force the issue instead of attacking the opposing defenses weaknesses. We’ll know early what this team is about… we got to win that BYU game.

  • JackBeav says:
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    I’m going to guess that McClure chooses Michigan in the end. He really likes Brady Hoke, but he never liked that SDSU was a non-BCS school.

    This might be fun on the Cal blogs. They thought when Tedford fired Simmons and hired Ambrose away from Colorado that McClure would be a lock for them.
    http://www.nctimes.com/sports/high-school/nct/football/article_18dd3747-4dbe-53d7-9c8c-5480f29cdea7.html

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    Angry, in your opinionhas this weekend been a “flop” or is this normal for the “biggest recruiting weekend ever” to not have gotten a single verbal and on top of that crossed off 1 of the 2 4* lists. Maybe I’m over thinking it but seems odd to me. Maybe we’ll get Peters and Teofilo in the next couple days. I’d be happy with that. Just need that DT.

    • angry angry says:
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      Honestly, I think if this same group of recruits visited 4 months ago we’d have some commits by now. Since they have relationships elsewhere this late in the game, they have to tip toe around, and that takes longer to resolve. It’s not a flop until they all sign elsewhere, but it is disappointing that none liked it so much they went ahead and changed on the spot.

    • sparkyd73 says:
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      Sometimes it is easy to forget that these are still 18 year olds. I know my advice to my kids on a decision that is this important is always to wait out the emotion of a situation before you make a decision. I would not expect immediate decisions from these kids. That being said, I sure hope the coaching staff can close some of these better recruits.

    • ean says:
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      I don’t know that we can say there were no commitments. All we can really say is the recruiting services did not hear of any commitments.

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