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?
Peter Ashton: moved from quarterback to safety
Lavonte Barnett: moved from ATH to linebacker
Akeem Gonzales: moved from offensive line to defensive line
Jaswha James: moved from defensive end to linebacker
Tyrequek Zimmerman: moved from wide receiver to defensive back
Several players suited up and played as true freshmen from the 2011 class including: Malcolm Agnew, Brandin Cooks, Rusty Fernando, Rudolf Fifita, Jabral Johnson, Dylan Wynn, and Tyrequek Zimmerman.
Noa Aluesi--no longer with program
Malcolm Agnew--no longer with program
Darryl Jackson--retired from football
Tyler Trosin--no longer with program
Perhaps the most striking thing from the 2011 class was the number of qualifiers. The Oregon State coaches did a good job of identifying prospects who actually made it into school on time.
True freshmen such as Malcolm Agnew, Dylan Wynn and Brandin Cooks were starters, while Tyrequek Zimmerman and Jabral Johnson saw quite a bit of action on special teams.
A couple of players players are on the cusp of making an impact including Kellen Clute and Richard Mullaney. Several defensive players, especially on the defensive front could make a significant contribution including Lavonte Barnett, Desmond Collins, Brandon Bennett-Jackson, Akeem Gonzales, Blake Harrah and Alii Robins look to break into the rotation. These players know the Beavers defense, but will be pushed by a set of junior college players who signed this year.