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March 4, 2013

Comparing the Classes: 2009

Comparing the Classes...2009
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Taking a look at the Oregon State recruiting effort over the last four years, we examine a number of criteria by which each class will be judged. Over the next few days, see where each class fell in the rankings, key departures, early impacts players, and a number of other criteria. How does the current class stack up when put next to previous years?
2009 Signees (24)
NAME
POSITION
STARS
Joshua Andrews
OL
Michael Beaton
OL
John Braun
OL
Kevin Cummings
WR
Dax Dilbeck
ATH
Michael Doctor
LB
Reggie Dunn
WR
Grant Enger
OL
Obum Gwacham
WR
Micah Hatfield
WR
Kyrell Hudson
ATH
Ashton Jefferson
RB
Josh Kaiwi
DE
Jack Lomax
QB
Sean Martin
DB
Michael Philipp
OL
Jordan Poyer
DB
Rashaad Reynolds
ATH
Rueben Robinson
LB
Mana Rosa
DE
Zeke Sanders
DB
Tyler Thomas
OL
Cody Vaz
QB
Markus Wheaton
WR
Rankings

Rivals ranking: 54
Avg. Star Rating: 2.63

Position Switches

Dax Dilbeck and Rashaad Reynolds were moved to DB from ATH. John Braun moved to DL.

Early Impact

Several true freshmen played during the 2009 season, including Michael Philipp who started at tackle all season. Jordan Poyer saw significant time on special teams and Rueben Robinson also played quite a bit at linebacker.

WR Markus Wheaton also saw a great deal of action with the fall camp injury to Darrell Catchings.

Three other true freshmen who signed in previous classes, but took church missions also saw the field as well: Geoff Garner, Jovan Stevenson, Devin Unga and Kevin Unga.

Early Departures/Delayed Enrollees

Michael Beaton--enrolled in Spring 2010--left program
Kevin Cummings--enrolled January 2010
Michael Doctor--enrolled January 2010
Reggie Dunn--enrolled at Utah
Obum Gwacham--enrolled January 2010
Kyrell Hudson--signed a Major League Baseball contract
Ashton Jefferson--left program
Josh Kaiwi--DNQ
Dax Dilbeck--left program
Tyler Thomas--left program
Jack Lomax--left program
Zeke Sanders--left program

ENROLLED FROM PREVIOUS CLASSES

Geoff Garner
Jovan Stevenson
Devin Unga
Kevin Unga

Analysis

A strong senior class is imperative to the backbone of a program. The 2009 class is full of leaders who helped the team make the big turnaround in 2012. Several of the players did not redshirt and have utilized their eligibility and are moving on including Jordan Poyer and Markus Wheaton.

This class had a large turnover with 10 of the original 24 signees no longer with the program. Some of those were disciplinary (Ashton Jefferson) or personal (Dax Dilbeck) while many were misses in evaluation during the recruiting process.

While Wheaton, Poyer, Rueben Robinson, and Feti Unga have graduated, several players from the 2009 class look to make major impacts in 2013 including Michael Philipp, Joshua Andrews, Kevin Cummings, Michael Doctor, Grant Enger, and Cody Vaz. Also looking to make a contribution are John Braun, Obum Gwacham, Micah Hatfield, Sean Martin and Mana Rosa.



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