Beavs' haul is highest ranked class in memory

CHARLES TUAAU

OREGON STATE'S CLASS is ranked No. 36 in the land, on the strength of JUCO d-end who just officially signed, and it might still go up further if OSU adds one more recruit who's still out there. Since scout.com came into existence, OSU's haul is the second highest rated class Oregon State has ever fielded. And based on the number of recruits, you can make the case it's the top rated class...

The Beavs have put together a number of seasons where they're ranked in the final Top 25.

They've done so despite recruiting classes that are generally ranked somewhere between 40-60.

So what might happen when the guys in this class get a few years under their belts?

Since Scout.com came into existence with the 2002 class, Oregon State's highest ranking ever was No. 34, in 2004.

This year's ranking looks even better considering the Beavs have 24 commitments at present. In 2004, the Beavs had 28 in the class.

The Beavs just officially added to their haul, announcing the signed LOI of DE Charles Tuaau. He's rated three stars and was a dominating presence on the d-line at Riverside this past season. he has two-to-play-two.

Tatum Taylor, a three-star prep prospect, could also come the Beavs' way. He didn't sign yesterday and is considering running track at ASU or playing football for OSU. If Taylor were to come on board, he would bump OSU's ranking up a bit more.

The big need, though, was on the d-line. And that's where OSU focused the most on JUCO talent.

Defensive tackles Edwin Delva, (6-3, 290), Siale Hautau (6-0, 315) and Kyle Peko (6-2, 295) will try to fill the void on a team losing its two starting DTS to graduation -- Castro Masaniai and Andrew Seumalo.

Defensive ends Lyndon Tulimasealii (6-4, 270) and Tuuau (6-4, 265) will vie for quality rotation time behind Scott Crichton and Dylan Wynn.

Riley also said JC cornerback Steven Nelson will be counted upon to compete for the spot left vacant by Jordan Poyer -- although you don't easily replace a consensus All-America pick.

Still, Riley called the 2013 class "one of our best defensive back classes ever." In addition to Nelson, there's 4-star corner Dashon Hunt, Charles Okonkwo (6-1, 180) plus safeties Brandon Arnold (6-0, 183) and Justin Strong (5-11, 189).

As for others who signed, the Beavs recruited guys with track skills at receiver. WR Victor Bolden is a star hurdler in high school, Walter Jones is an outstanding long- and triple jumper and Corey Lawrence, who could end up at safety, wideout or somewhere else, clocks in at 10.5 in the 100.

"I disagree with guys who don't let people compete in other sports," Riley said. "Especially track, I think it's good for them. There's always carryover, whether it's speed or strength or agility."

There's also variety and a sense that the needs were met. The way things shook out, it appears every position except tight end was added to.

OSU recruiting rankings through the years:

34 - 2013*
44 - 2012
43 – 2011
67 - 2010
48 - 2009
61 - 2008
40 - 2007
41 - 2006
t-51 - 2005
34 – 2004
56 - 2003
49 - 2002
*yet to be completed

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