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January 1, 2014
Looking to close strong
With Letter of Intent Signing Day only 35 days away, where do the Beavers stand and what areas are they looking to improve upon?
Currently the Beavers have one junior college signee who is expected to be on campus in time for winter term. 6-foot-6, 275 pound offensive tackle Bobby Keenan from Sacramento (Calif.) American River College signed his letter of intent and looks to come in to compete and add depth up front for the Beavers.
The Beavers currently have 20 committed prospects who are expected to sign their letter of intent on February 5. Christian Martinek, a defensive end from Portland (Ore.) Jesuit is also committed, however he expected to be drafted in the MLB Draft this spring, so him ever playing football or baseball at Oregon State is very much in doubt.
Of the 20 athletes expected to sign, the class is divided evenly at ten offensive prospects and ten defensive prospects. Several of the athletes could play multiple positions however and will be evaluated once they arrive in Corvallis.
As of now the current commit list ranks #7 in the PAC 12 and #47 nationally by Rivals.com. Currently ASU leads the conference, with the Beavers over 500 points behind the Sun Devils.
Also of note, Oregon State and Colorado are currently the only teams in the conference without a four-star commit.
For a complete breakdown of the 2014 class as well as film breakdown and analysis, make sure to check out the comprehensive BeaverBlitz.com 2014 Recruiting Guide.
The Beavers are looking to close strong down the stretch and are on the list for several four-star 'cornerstone' athletes, including:
Kolton Miller (OT): Miller visited Oregon State in mid-December. The four-star lineman from Roseville (Calif.) Roseville has seen his recruitment pick-up over the last month with both Oregon and UCLA jumping on the offer train. UCLA is an interesting offer since the Bruins currently have 15 out of 16 athletes who are underclassmen and they have a commitment from former OSU commit NaJee Toran, who is expected to join the team in January. Miller is at the top of Oregon State's hot board.
Kaleb McGary (OT): Another four-star offensive tackle who is still very much in play for the Beavers. Washington, Washington State, and Oregon State are all in the mix, but Wisconsin has recently jumped on board and a mid-January visit to Madison is scheduled. McGary will make his last official visit to Washington later in the month. Washington may be the team to beat.
Kammy Delp (DT): Pomona (Calif.) Diamond Ranch defensive tackle has been on Coach Joe's hot list since last season. The 30th best DT prospect has stated that he will take an official visit to Corvallis in January, however he is expected to announce his college decision at the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl on January 5. UCLA and ASU could be the front runners for his commitment.
Kyle Peko (DT): The junior college signee from last year is back in the mix. Will he be able to qualify and arrive in Corvallis in time for spring camp? All eyes will be watching.
Antonio Guy (DT): Another JUCO defensive tackle to watch is College of Sequoias prospect Antonio Guy. The Beavers have been recruiting him for quite awhile, but it most likely depends on Peko whether or not the Beavers have room for two junior college DT's in this class.
Xavier Hawkins (WR): Expect the speedster from Tennessee to make a trip to Corvallis in January. He does not have any major offers so distance could be a factor here.
Offensive tackle, defensive tackle, wide receiver and cornerback appear to be the positions of need as the Beavers close out the 2014 class. Look for an updated War Room Watch List with additional players to watch tomorrow in The Lodge.
In the last month, all programs are looking to close on a strong note which means gauging the interest of committed players. Oregon State is not immune to this practice. Washington for example has seen it's class shrink with the move by Coach Sarkisian to USC. New Husky coach Chris Petersen is already on the hunt and has recently offered Oregon State defensive end commit Shane Bowman.
Bowman, considered by many to be a cornerstone commit has not indicated whether or not he will entertain an official visit to Washington. He is another prospect to watch carefully throughout the month as he could be called upon to play early if Scott Crichton declares for the draft this season.
Expect Oregon State coaches to be looking as well. One cornerback to keep tabs on is Maurice McKnight. The San Berardino, California prospect is currently committed to San Jose State, but an offer from the Beavers could force a visit to Corvallis.
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