Recruiting Road Map: Defense
We've entered a dead period for college coaches over the next two weeks, giving them and the prospects a nice break from the constant recruiting. The Beavers coached at several camps throughout the country last month and made some end roads with some of their top targets and found some new names as well.
Not only are coaches looking for athletes to fit with the team, they have to be careful to address positions of need as well. Sure there may be 20 wide receivers who love Oregon State, but scholarship limits dictate how many players at each position the team can take each year.
That number per position is somewhat of a moving target. The staff may have penciled in three for linebackers for the class, but they have to leave some leeway for the unexpected star who wants to sign.
Following recruiting is not for the faint of heart and hours upon hours a day can be spent trying to keep up with all of the dominoes which fall and what that means to the Beavers. We will do the work for you as we work to keep you updated on the nuts and bolts of Oregon State's recruiting efforts.
Projected Signees: 2
Current Commitments: 1 Hunter Mattox
Commentary: Expect the Beavers to take one defensive end and one defensive tackle for the 2015 class, although I do expect that we could see that number increase. The lone commitment on the defensive line is Hunter Mattox is currently listed as a defensive end, but could project to tackle with his large frame. As far as offers out to defensive tackles, four-star Thomas Toki is still one to keep an eye on. Formerly from Washington state, he moved to the Bay Area this year. He's been committed to WSU since December, but the cousin of Stephen Paea could still take a trip to Oregon State before all is said and done.
Projected Signees: 4
Commentary: Coach Trent Bray is recruiting up a storm right now at linebacker. With two solid pick-ups in Haley and Ferguson, we expected one last linebacker in the mix until the recent announcement that Michael Greer was leaving the program. That opens up an additional spot at linebacker. Cameron Townsend is the top target for Coach Bray, but also high on the list is Angelo Garbutt. If Bray could land both, and hang on to the two he has committed, it could be the strongest linebacker class in recent memory. Adrian Talan is also a safety/linebacker hybrid to keep an eye on. The Beavers are also in the mix for inside linebacker Khalan Thomas, although most expect him to commit elsewhere.
Projected Signees: 1-2
Current Commitments: 1 (Solomon Matautia)
Commentary: Safety isn't a huge position of need this cycle, however the Beavers could sign two in February. The recent commitment of Solomon Matautia fills one spot. One recent offer to watch is Carrollton, Texas safety Omar Hicks-Onu who picked up an Oregon State offer after the coaches saw him at the Get It Done Camp in Dallas last month. He runs a reported 4.38 forty, which means he may not be under the radar for long.
Projected Signees: 2
Current Commitments: 1 (Treshon Broughton)
Commentary: The Beavers first commitment of the 2015 cycle was Broughton, who was a top target for Coach Perry when he was a prep (he did not qualify and went the junior college route). While the Beavers would love to add someone like Iman Marshall or Isaiah Langley, they would both be considered longshots at this point (although Langley has mentioned a possible visit to Oregon State). Antoine Albert is one to watch. The Pleasant Hill, California native has had positive things to say about the Beavers.