Thursday, February 3, 2011
Oregon State recruiting wrap
By Ted Miller
OREGON STATE BEAVERS
The 2011 class
Recruits: 24, which includes 21 high school players and three JC transfers.
Top prospects: Darryl Jackson is a huge -- 6-foot-7 -- offensive tackle. He might get into the mix pretty quickly, considering the Beavers' offensive line struggles in 2010. Brandin Cooks is a top-fifty receiver. More than a few folks believe tight end Kellen Clute is an underrated prospect.
Needs met: The class included six defensive ends -- three from the JC ranks -- four receivers, four defensive linemen, three athletes, two running backs, two offensive linemen, a tight end, an outside linebacker and a quarterback. At least a couple of the defensive ends will immediately compete for playing time, and the Beavers needed to restock at receiver and running back, where Jacquizz Rodgers must be replaced.
Analysis: The typical Oregon State class. Not a lot of headliners (thought more than a few schools would have signed Jackson), but a solid top-to-bottom class of athletes, most of whom will need a bit of seasoning to get Pac-12 ready. It will be interesting to see if either of the running backs -- Storm Woods and Malcolm Agnew -- get into the mix in the fall.
ESPN recruiting grade: C+