02.Feb.2011 Discussion: Letters of Intent (Morning)

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Signing day is finally here. Feels like the second coming of Christmas, doesn't it?

*Insert lame, obligatory "I hope we don't get coal" joke* Har har har. A real knee-slapper right there.

Anyway, the official site will be posting real-time signinas LOIs filter through the fax. That link can be found here:

http://www.osubeavers.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/2011-signing-day.html

I'm sure our fellow readers will post updates, too. And finally, I'll do my best to contribute, but I'll be working until about noon Pacific time so I'm unsure how active I'll be.

There you have it. Sit back and enjoy, and let us cheer the good prospects and boo the bad as they come together to form the class of 2011.

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  • Warren says:
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    Rudolf Fifita is officialy a Beaver

    Peter Ashton faxed in his LOI

    • JackBeav says:
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      Rivals is getting theirs from here:
      http://www.osubeavers.com/allaccess/?media=223944

      Real time video stream… can’t beat it. OSU is learning.

      • JackBeav says:
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        Now they just need to realize that if they’re going to show something on video, they need to figure out who has the best handwriting, what size the font should be in order to capture a whole list but still see it, where the best lighting is.

        I know, these are football guys. But they can take a class in presentation. Can’t they?

  • Quatre Quatre says:
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    Any specific place you’re getting your info Warren?

  • Warren says:
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    I’m getting my info from Rivals

  • Warren says:
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    Justin Addie has faxed in his LOI

  • Warren says:
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    Storm Woods faxed in his LOI

  • Warren says:
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    Desmond Collins faxed in his LOI

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    Thanks for the updates Warren. Gotta love signing day…and FTD.

  • BeavBuff47 says:
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    Looks like Peat to nebraska. typical.

    • mckalk mckalk says:
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      I know Riley lacks the passion we would like to see at times, but Peat understands that the Pellini brothers are mentally ill, correct?

  • michaelm says:
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    Peat to Nebraska, damn.

  • Warren says:
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    Looks like Peat to Nebraska and McGill will stay with Utah. Not starting off good today.

  • Warren says:
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    Malcolm Agnew faxed his LOI in

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    signed on with beaverblitz last week. information is fast and accurate. message board info is great as warren says. biggest complaint is their message board is hard to read

  • angry angry says:
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    Darryl Jackson’s in.

  • angry angry says:
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    Blake Harrah, in. We can all breath a sign of relief!

    • Beavocalypse says:
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      Oh thank God, I thought we’d lost him for sure. I guess I can put my gun away because our defense will give me something to live for….

      Wait…considering this class, I still might wanna shoot myself anyway.

  • Beavocalypse says:
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    Daryl Jackson sent his in, according to OSU.

  • Warren says:
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    Richard Mullaney faxed in his LOI

  • Warren says:
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    Brandin Cooks faxed in his LOI

  • Quatre Quatre says:
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    Mullaney and Cooks LOI in.

  • ean says:
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    So what potential surprises are even left? White and Dockery? I am a little worried about DT but if Massiani can show up in better shape they should have a serviceable rotation with Thompson, Frahm, Massiani, and Tuivallia. At least until some of the undersized DT prospects can add weights.

  • ObjCritic says:
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    Is Ashton going to be a QB, or Riley’s next “punter project?”

    • ean says:
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      I am kind of curious too. Although I have heard he is more than just a project when it comes to punting.

    • angry angry says:
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      Word is he’ll be Hekker MKII

    • JackBeav says:
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      Ashton is a true QB at 6’3″, 200#, and runs a 4.55. I think he has a great arm, but he only threw the ball 100 times last year. I think Riley is liking the running QB, because Ashton ran for over 2000 yards last year. If he were going to the Ducks, I would be crapping my pants. He’s a combo QB with a great arm.

  • MudAndSticks MudAndSticks says:
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    Regarding the link angry put up for 2011 Beaver Signing Day Central: Does that page automatically update or do I have to keep closing and reopening it?

    TIA

  • angry angry says:
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    Rusty Fernando is in–not sure anyone mentioned him.

  • JackBeav says:
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    Trosin is in.

  • ean says:
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    Elisinoa Aluesi

  • OneEyedKing says:
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    Something to help everyone cheer up…

  • angry angry says:
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    Lavonte Barnett is in.

    • Jayson_L says:
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      Angry,
      There still not adding him. is that off twitter? I’m just enjoying being able to read up on the recruits finally.

    • angry says:
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      No, a buddy sent me a text saying he’s in.

  • BeaverBeliever20 says:
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    Interesting…..Oregon had lost out on some big time prospects today that appeared to be sure things just a few days ago.

    • angry angry says:
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      Like who?

      • BeaverBeliever20 says:
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        Delvon Simmons the 5th ranked DT in the country. Everywhere I read he was gonna be a Duck. Then he goes out and chooses UNC.

      • angry angry says:
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        I heard they wanted him, but he wasn’t a lock.

    • ean says:
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      not surprising… the higher profile you get the shadier everything is.

  • OSU4Life says:
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    I’m also finding fast updates on twitter! “OSUBeaversFB” is what I’m following. It’s linked to the OSU Athletic dept.

  • JackBeav says:
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    Where are all my Okie friends?

  • ean says:
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    Dam is Todd Peat still in elementary school?

    • BeaverBeliever20 says:
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      haha I found it strange that he announced at an elementary school.

  • Jayson_L says:
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    Larry Scott is in

  • JackBeav says:
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    My boy Clute! Let the heretics speak now.

  • Jordan says:
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    according to utah’s official website, Mcgill still has not sent his paperwork in

  • mw2 says:
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    Put Kellen Clute in the Mike Remmers category of awesomeness.

  • angry says:
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    Klute was an excellent movie from the 70s. If this Clute is even half as good as that movie I’ll be thrilled.

    • JackBeav says:
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      Mmmm… young Jane Fonda.

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        And a Paul Newman who would kill or be killed because he just didn’t like people.

        I always thought they did something to lighten his eyes too much for that film.

  • MudAndSticks MudAndSticks says:
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    Thanks for the link to the live feed Jack. I don’t see many OL’s or DL’s on the board so, right now at least, I’m disappointed.

    I’m thinking that they need to have the cheerleaders go past the camera every now and then just to give me SOMETHING to smile about.

  • Beavker says:
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    This is off subject, but I was talking with a co-worker about the Nebraska-Oregon State recruit battles (surpringly more than I would have thought), and we both pretty much determined that neither side has ended up winning whomever the recruit picks. We spoke about Kuli, Purify, etc…but he also mentiond David Ross? He was wondering what became of him. I don’t know. I’m dumb.

    Do you guys know the result? Flunk out? Dead? What happened to Ross?

  • JackBeav says:
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    He paused after he wrote Jaswha’s name wrong, but he didn’t correct it. Written at 9:25. how long before it’s corrected?

  • orangejulius orangejulius says:
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    uncomfortable close-up of fax machine…oh the drama!

  • BeaverBeliever20 says:
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    So pretty much it’s just down to Dockery and White at this point right? These 2 need to be Beavers. If they get them I’m really happy with the class.

    • michaelm says:
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      White is announcing at noon. Normally not a good omen for the Beavs when there is the slightest bit of fanfare involved.

  • JackBeav says:
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    Barnett must have been a paperwork snafu.

  • mw2 says:
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    Can OSU make rapper jewelery with all the diamonds in this class?

  • KC says:
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    McGill made it official on his facebook page. He’s a Ute.

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      Bummer…I think he’s going to be great. I was hoping for him and Peat out of all the undecided big fish.

      Johnny-come-lately strikes out again.

      • BeaverBeliever20 says:
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        It wouldn’t be a Beavers signing day if they didn’t strike out on guys. Come on, you know that.

  • Warren says:
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    Charlie Gilmur and Noa Aluesi are hounding Dockery on facebook.

  • JackBeav says:
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    He’s careful to add the ‘okina to Na’alii’s name… then he adds a B to his surname. How long before this one is caught? It was written at 9:41.

  • Warren says:
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    Spelled Robins’ name wrong. God damn.

  • ean says:
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    Robins signed. According to his coach he is the next Paea… lol.

    • BeaverBeliever20 says:
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      He said it cause it’s true. In fact he’ll be better than Paea I’m quite sure of it. OSU coaching staff told me themselves.

    • JackBeav says:
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      Well then, since he’s on our team for good now, let’s hope his coach is right.

      • ean says:
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        I think we would be lucky if he is the next Frahm.

        • JackBeav says:
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          So he can be serviceable in his first year at DT? Or did you mean our staff would waste two years trying to make him a DE?

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            just mean that he is a tweener. Not a DE and not a DT yet. I think they will make him into a DT from the start. Best case scenario is he is a serviceable DT in 3 years. He could be a solid prospect but I am not overly excited.

  • orangejulius orangejulius says:
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    Henry in …a lot of DLine on this board

  • Warren says:
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    One of the Rivals insiders told me we might have a 2012 commit somewhat soon, whether it be isaac Seumalo or a guy or two from DLS. The 2012 class will be better than this one, considering we started late in this class.

    • BeaverBeliever20 says:
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      Seumalo is a virtual lock at this point. Scout has him as a 4 star OL right now. Too bad he isn’t in the 2011 class.

      Will he be a DL with OSU though?

      I agree 2012 will be much better.

    • JackBeav says:
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      The 2012 Class will be better because we get the gift of genetics. Seumalo is a spectacular DT.

      Hopefully Andrus Peat is not locked in with what his brother did today.

      • BeaverBeliever20 says:
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        Beavers will take it. As long as OSU gets big time prospects they don’t care how it happens(within NCAA rules of course lol)

  • mw2 says:
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    If we don’t see Torian White of Rahmel Dockery on the white board today, this class will go from lackluster to semi-failure.

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      Two days ago, I was right there with you…not sure why, but I’m feeling better about these boys across the board, with a couple exceptions of course. White and Dockery would make it a better-than-usual class.

      Right now, we’re also missing that gratuitous 4/5 star commit that will never play D-1 Football.

  • MudAndSticks MudAndSticks says:
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    Where are the DTs or am I missing something?

    Per Rivals database:

    Collins 6’ 3” 240 DE

    James 6’ 2” 220 DE

    Barnett 6’ 2” 215 ATH

    Robbins or Robins Not listed

    Henry 6’ 5” 193 Ath

    Fifita 6′ 4″ 260 DE

    Wynn 6′ 3″ 234 DE

    Gonzales 6′ 4″ 240 DL

    • BeaverBeliever20 says:
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      Henry was a DE but I think will be moved to OLB. Harrah will become a DT and rivals has Brandon Bennett as a DT as well. Just have to wait for their LOI to roll in.

      Good news though Fifita is now listed as 2* on Rivals. This class is now complete haha

      • JackBeav says:
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        I’m excited about Henry at DE. He’s that athlete type I thought we could transform Gwacham into on the DL. Now I get my wish.

    • ean says:
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      Robins and Brandon Bennet are the DT’s. We have 3 on the roster in Frahm, Massiani, and Tuivalia (who is solid and under the radar). Fred Thompson is now enrolled too so there is some size and depth there.

    • angry says:
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      As always, we couldn’t land one, so we’ll be converting ~3 DEs into DTs.

  • angry says:
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    This is what I predicted…status quo signing day. No poaching either way. Pretty boring day overall. I held out a small hope we’d land a signing day surprise, but as is their wont, the staff failed to deliver. It’s a good class by OSU standards, but we needed some twists on signing day in order for this class to make us feel good, especially in comparison to some other classes around the conference. Our benchmark shouldn’t be say….the 2007 OSU class. It should be the 2011 Oregon, USC, Cal, and Washington classes, and we fail pretty miserably by those standards. It doesn’t mean we won’t be competitive, but it does mean we won’t get over the hump.

  • mw2 says:
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    Ha, the guy pumped his fist when Dylan Wynn came through on the fax.

  • angry says:
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    The poor optimists strike out again. Their “hope list” has been whittled down to Torian White Rahmel Dockery.

    Even out of those two I think we land neither.

  • MudAndSticks MudAndSticks says:
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    Rivals has Gonzales as an OL. The board shows him as DL. Does anyone know which way he’s going to play?

    • angry angry says:
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      DE. Apparently he can’t keep weight on.

      I believe both sides are open to moving him to OL down the road if it’s needed.

      • MudAndSticks MudAndSticks says:
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        DE! Wow, that’s great. I was worried about there being enough DEs in this class.

    • BeaverBeliever20 says:
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      Beavers want him as a DL. I would’ve preferred him be an OL.

  • angry angry says:
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    Vi Teofilo did in fact sign with ASU. That’s a real bummer since he wanted to be a Beav. His damn family got in the way, much like Moala.

  • MudAndSticks MudAndSticks says:
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    Well, at least we get a glimpse of a nice looking lady every now and then so it isn’t all bad.

  • mw2 says:
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    It would be hilarious if we all found out Zimmerman and Johnson went to Texas Tech at the last second.

  • OSU4Life says:
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    I noticed on the board from this link: http://www.osubeavers.com/allaccess/?media=223944
    That they have Larry Scott listed as a DB, rather than a WR. BTW, there is a cute blonde that appears every once and a while too!

    Also, regarding the Oklahoma recruits, they are having severe weather problems in Oklahoma which could be a reason why Zimmerman’s & Johnson’s LOI’s haven’t came in yet. Paul Buker tweeted this, he can be found as “Pnbuker” on twitter.

  • mw2 says:
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    Haha, the fax machine has been quiet because no one else want to come to OSU.

  • MudAndSticks MudAndSticks says:
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    So far Zimmerman and Johnson are not on the Texas Tech board

    http://www.texastech.com/sports/m-footbl/2011-signingday.html

    • JackBeav says:
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      Why would they be? Johnson was the only one who visited, and he said he didn’t like it. TT didn’t even get the obligatory, “It was nice” from him.

      • MudAndSticks MudAndSticks says:
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        “…Why would they be?…” Only because someone suggested in a post above that they might be. Thus I went looking to see what I could find.

    • ean says:
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      are those the only 2 verbals left to sign LOI’s?

  • mw2 says:
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    So are we gonna see a commit from WR Michael Thomas, or what?

    • JackBeav says:
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      I think he was reported as not going to commit or sign anything today. I think he wants to see who actually goes wherever before he makes a decision.

  • mw2 says:
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    So Rahmel Dockery will be announcing at 12 NOON huh?

    Seems like a lot of pomp for a kid only choosing between OSU and WSU.

    • BeaverBeliever20 says:
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      I last read he’s announcing at 11 am.

    • JackBeav says:
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      His nickname can be Underrated. He would instantly be the best all-around athlete on whatever team he joins. And I mean that seriously. I think he could work on his strength and be an Olympic decathlete if he really wanted to be one. He already jumps at an NCAA All-American level, and his speed is continually developing.

      The best part about Dockery is that he is an amazing football player. His height is the only thing keeping schools from offering… that and poor academic rumors. But he’s also active in the community (in great ways), so I have to wonder about the rumors about his grades.

      • BeaverBeliever20 says:
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        He’s one of my favorites. Been wanting him to be a Beaver for awhile. The kid is gonna be great for OSU. I don’t buy into the rumors about his grades. Just a rumor.

  • JackBeav says:
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    Brandon Huffman (scout?) tweeted late last night that there was going to be a Pac 10 shocker bigger than any DeAnthony Thomas to UO/UW rumor today. Anyone have any real shockers out there?

    • mw2 says:
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      Jadaveon Clowney to OSU!!!!

    • Trev says:
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      Probably Eubank to Utah.

      • JackBeav says:
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        Eubank to Utah? That would suck. Then Weasel would lose his job, and UCLA would go get a halfway decent coach to lead a roster chock full of talent.

        At least he stayed there long enough to gift us one Cooks, one Jackson…

        … and one White?

        If UCLA falls apart at the last minute… hmmm… that would be huge news I guess.

        • JackBeav says:
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          Wait… I was thinking of the wrong kid. Hundley has already signed his LOI. No UCLA meltdown imminent.

          Eubank to Utah is no big deal.

  • Jordan says:
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    when does moreland announce?

  • Max says:
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    Moreland has not signed with SMU yet. SMU fans are freaking out.

    http://smu.scout.com/2/1045000.html

    • BeaverBeliever20 says:
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      Good to know they aren’t suicidal or anything over a high school football player.

  • Ronix1080 Ronix1080 says:
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    Watching the live feed is like watching a kid go to the fridge over and over. Each time he opens the door he thinks something new is magically going to have appeared. Help us baby Jesus

  • OSU4Life says:
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    I would suggest that we all look at the 2011 class by the positions the players play and by the needs of the program, rather than rankings or star power. If we look at this class by rankings or star power, things don’t look so bright. But remember that character, heart, work ethic, desire to win, and attitude are not determined by rankings or star power. I recommend looking here: http://cliffkirkpatrick.mvourtown.com/2011/02/02/6874/
    Cliff breaks down almost every recruit and if you read what their coaches say about these recruits, it will lift your mood!
    The positives of this 2011 class are; filling the needs of the program, these recruits have speed and size, many come from high school powerhouses such as (De La Salle, Corona Centennial, Folsom, and recruiting rich Texas, and Oklahoma high schools) which will help OSU’s recruiting future! They also love Oregon State University and want to play here!
    I know that every year it is that same old song, but I think this year is different. OSU signed a fantastic class that is living in the shadow of what is happening to the recruiting class down south that happens to be ranked as one of the highest in the Nation. If uo signed a top 25 class instead of a top 5-10 class, I think the attitude around OSU’s recruiting class would be different. We all have a bitter taste in our mouths after the 2010 season’s outcome. 2011 is a new year and a great reason to be optimistic about the future of OSU football, and it starts with this years recruiting class!

    • ean says:
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      I agree that this is a solid class by OSU standards. I think these guys could compete down the road with another solid class… it is frustrating that we can’t take the next step though.

      • OSU4Life says:
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        I also agree with you EAN, that it would be great to take that next step and also sign a Top 25 class someday! While maintaining being a good person along with being a good athlete. Rome wasn’t built in one day either. This applies to every program in the Nation except for maybe oregon. With $300,000,000+ dollars being dumped into that program by a single donor can build you a Rome over(k)night!

    • MudAndSticks MudAndSticks says:
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      Just a couple of things based on past experience.

      – Let’s not grade this class until they’re all in school. Quite often it’s the kids with the most potential that have grade problems and never make it to OSU.

      – It seems to me that one way to determine the potential of the kids is to look at who else was recruiting them. For example, if a kid’s only other offer was from St. Mary’s school of the blind then I have to think the kid doesn’t show much potential.

      • OSU4Life says:
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        Well said MudAndSticks! We all remember the phantom Simi Kuli among others. Today is one thing, seeing who actually enrolls by fall is another.

  • mw2 says:
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    “Inside Source says Moreland is not going to SMU”

  • MudAndSticks MudAndSticks says:
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    It’s my humble opinion that OSU fans like to down play the star ratings because OSU is unable to recruit the big time players on a consistant basis.

    The fans keep telling themselves that stars don’t matter and just like with lies after a while they begin to believe their own bull shit.

    • BeaverBeliever20 says:
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      Stars don’t matter to a certain point. Like say a 3 star and 4 star in some cases is virtually the same. Or in rare cases guys just aren’t noticed and don’t get highly rated. However, more times than not guys that are 4 and 5 stars are probably a lot better than 2 or 3 star recruits. If the Beavers were to get a bunch of 4 and 5 star recruits they would ditch the 2 star and low 3 star guys in a heartbeat. They too often take what they can get and don’t try as hard as they can to get the big fish.

      • JackBeav says:
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        On average, the more highly rated players are better than the lower rated players. But in terms of gross numbers the 4/5 stars don’t outpace 3- in terms of production. If you took the top 25 football teams in the country and compiled their production (starters/contributors) in terms of ratings, it would be a lot lower than you think.

        We don’t like ratings this year because they’re wrong on some of our kids. We’re getting some really good to great players this year, but you wouldn’t know it looking at the recruiting sites. In fact, this year and last year are better than 2009… which was better than 2008 by far… which was better than 2007 by far.

  • BeaverBeliever20 says:
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    “Hear is what I’m hearing……Moreland was supposed to sign an hour ago…not NLI to SMU yet, so that could mean bad things? My sources were still saying SMU this morning because that is what Moreland was saying. Delays usually don’t mean good things.”

    Interesting. Would be awesome if he sat down to sign and then suddenly changed his mind and wanted to be a Beaver.

  • angry angry says:
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    Guys, new thread. Post in there.
    This one is cluttered.

  • BeaverBeliever20 says:
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    Well depending on what White,Moreland and Dockery decide, signing day will either be really good or just depressing.

  • MudAndSticks MudAndSticks says:
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    Here’s the link to Angry’s new thread.

    http://angrybeavs.com/recruiting/4714#comments

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