The Beavers addressed some immediate need at cornerback with JUCO Steven Nelson. Coach Riley said that he is a five-star by their evaluation. The additions of very solid preps like Dashon Hunt, Corey Lawrence, and Charles Okonkwo also help depth.
At safety, the Beavers found a perfect fit in Brandon Arnold and a very good prospect in Justin Strong, who is more of a project than Arnold.
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at the NIKE and College Camps in addition to first hand accounts from high school
and junior college coaches that have worked with these players. We take into
consideration information from the player, the physical attributes of each athlete,
and information from other evaluators. We have taken the time to do film evaluation
of each recruit. We've also tracked many of the in-state athletes through out
their high school careers. The following comments are strictly our observations
and opinions and do not reflect those of the Oregon State coaching staff.
OREGON STATE 2013 RECRUITING CLASS - DEFENSIVE BACKS
BRANDON ARNOLD • S • 6-0 • 183 • - • 5.7 • Encino, CA
Strengths: Instincts...size...run support...toughness
Areas for Improvement: Top end speed
Conclusion: Arnold is a gifted safety that plays extremely well in run support. He is tough and knows how to use his adequate speed to make plays. Has a nice frame to be a very think safety down the road.
Dream Rating: 5.7
Rivals Rating: 5.7
DASHON HUNT • CB • 5-10 • 175 • 4.5 • 5.8 • Westlake Village, CA
Strengths: Instincts...quickness...technique...playmaking ability
Areas for Improvement: Top end speed & size
Conclusion: Hunt is a cornerstone player that you hear talked about. He is very fundamentally sound and makes a lot of plays on the field. He is someone you look to on the defensive side of the ball to take over the game. Very impressive player.
Dream Rating: 5.8
Rivals Rating: 5.8
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