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December 8, 2012

Blitz Quicks: Recruiting

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We're in that strange NCAA phase where recruiting is heating up, the Bowl Games are ready to kick-off, Rivals Recruiting Rankings are being released, and coaches are making their moves while trying not to impact recruiting. Find out what's next for Oregon State recruiting effort.

Three-Star Spotlight

Oregon St. coaches should be applauded for identifying and landing recruits that are being recognized for their potential. The Beaver commitments received only increases when Rivals.com released updated recruiting ratings. All of the committed athletes (aside from X'Zavier Preston - still waiting on his senior film) have been bumped to 3-stars.

Damien Haskins made the biggest impression. Rivals Recruiting Analyst Jason Howell explained to BeaverBlitz.com that his ridiculous game production and film make him a running back to watch at the next level. His speed, balance, and power remind us of Ken Simonton.

Athlete Justin Strong moved from a 2-star prospect to a 3-star prospect, offensive linemanSkyler Phillips was recognized with a third star for his incredible SPARQ performance at Nike's The Opening, and Walter Jones joined the 3-star constellation with a savvy senior season performance.

In addition Brandon Arnold and Jermel Walker received higher positional rankings at safety and wide receiver. Both are already rated as high 3-star prospects.

Essentially Rivals.com validated the Beaver Staff's evaluations. It gives Oregon St. the foundation to close out the recruiting year with a big performance.

What's coming next?

Angie Machado is releasing the Recruiting Stock Exchange to break down positional recruiting throughout the month of December. The Beavers are connecting with 'cornerstone' athletes. With a strong recruiting finish the Beavers could receie immediate dividends going into the 2013 season.

Athletes like Steven Nelson, Dashon Hunt, and L.J. Moore have the skill sets to break into the rotation or possibly start.

Then the month of January arrives. There's no other month that has been more frustrating in recent years than the month before Letter of Intent Day. The coaches have had great success hosting huge recruiting weekends, but their ability to close on these individuals has been inconsistent.

Impact of Alamo Bowl on Recruiting

Don't expect the Beavers to suddenly land a couple Rodgers Brothers just because they are bowling in Texas. The Alamo is a major contest against Texas, but most of the benefits won't be felt until next season.

Running Back's Coach Chris Brasfield is licking his chops. He's been successful establishing himself as the Lone Star recruiter, and these showcase games are marketing gold.

Wide Receivers like Hunter Jarmon and San Antonio's Joshua Reynolds have the Beavers in their Top Five. It's possible one of these athletes could make a decision while Oregon St. is in San Antonio (Reynold's home town).

Jarmon could be special. The wide-receiver is a great baseball player and spoke to Pat Casey during a visit to Oregon State. He recognizes what Receiver's Coach Brent Brennan has done to develop two 1,000-yard receivers.

The Alamo Bowl will only help with this talented duo.

Pac-12 Coaching Carousel

The Pac-12 coaching carousel has been spinning wildly in December and we're keeping some of these topics in The Lodge during this recruiting cycle.

Coach Riley has one of the strongest staffs in the Pac-12, but he'll have to make some creative decisions by the end of the year. Some of these decisions could have an impact on recruiting.

Cal and Colorado are in the process of replacing head coaches, and it's likely Oregon will the next program with that decision if Chip Kelly makes his move to the NFL.

It's unlikely these three programs would have a direct impact on the Beaver staff, but Riley needs to figure out a way to keep Trent Bray who has proven himself. For more information on potential coaching updates visit The Lodge.


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