Overview of the 2020 Beavers Recruiting Class: Defense

Overview of the 2020 Beavers Recruiting Class: Defense

This is the second article in a three article series breaking down the current Oregon State Beavers 2020 recruiting class.

[PART ONE:] Overview of the Beavers 2020 recruiting class: Offense.

Now let’s go over the defensive commits:

Alex Lemon, DE, 3 Star

Lemon is a 247Sports composite three-star strong-side defensive end out of San Diego Mesa College that measures at 6-foot-4, 275 pounds. His other offers included Florida, Arizona State, LSU, Nebraska, Oregon and Oklahoma. As a JUCO transfer, he’ll look to make an immediate impact. In six games played this season, he has 11 tackles and one sack. 

John Miller, ILB, 3 Star

An in-state 247Sports composite three-star inside linebacker out of Tualatin, OR. He’s the reigning co-defensive player of the year in the Three Rivers League, and a favorite to win the 6A Defensive Player of the Year this season. Oregon State the first to offer the 6-foot-1, 215 pound linebacker and he committed quickly so the Beavers are his only offer. 

Junior Walling, ILB, 3 Star

Another in-state 247Sports three-star composite inside linebacker out of Keizer, OR. The 6-foot-1, 231 pound recruit had offers from Air Force, Army, and Utah among other teams. 

Tavis Shippen, DE, 3 Star

Shippen is a 247Sports composite three-star strong-side defensive end out of Mt. San Jacinto College. The 6-foot-5, 275 pound JUCO transfer held offers from Arizona State, Oregon, Utah and UCLA. Through 10 games, he has recorded 62 tackles and 4.5 sacks.

Shane Kady, DE, 3 Star

Kady is a 247Sports three-star composite weakside defensive end out of Mililani, HI. The 6-foot-3, 210 pound defensive end held offers from Fresno State, Arizona, BYU, Hawai’i, among others. He originally committed to Illinois out of high school before going to junior college. 

Ron Hardge III, CB, 3 Star

Another JUCO transfer, Hardge III comes out of City College of San Francisco. The 6-foot-1, 175 pound cornerback held Oregon State as his lone offer. 

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Overview of the Beavers 2020 recruiting class: Offense

Overview of the Beavers 2020 recruiting class: Offense

Oregon State enters their second bye of the season which not only gives the program a week to rest and prepare for Arizona, but it gives the coaching staff free time to recruit the next class of Beavers. 

Bye weeks are essential to recruiting because they permit coaches to go on visits while they do not need to worry about a game that weekend. However, much of the 2020 recruiting class has been filled already.

Let’s introduce you to all of them. This will be the first article in a series that will span articles going over each offensive commit, defensive commit and targets still being recruited. 

Now, let’s look at the offensive players already committed.

Isaiah Newell, RB, 3 Star

A 247Sports composite three-star running back out of Walnut Creek, CA. He held offers from 16 schools including Arizona, Arizona State and Colorado. At 6-foot-2, 225 pounds he rushed for 2,166 yards and 32 touchdowns as a junior last season. He also played out of the slot and due to the high talent level in the Beavers backfield should get playing time there in Corvallis. 

Zeriah Beason, WR, 3 Star

A former Rivals four-star, now three-star, wide receiver out of Duncanville High School (Dallas, TX). He held offers from 23 schools such as Florida, LSU, Michigan State, Arizona State, Baylor and Oklahoma State. At 6 foot, 180 pounds he lines up on the outside and is given plenty of bubble screens called for him. He’s able has good field vision to get yards after the catch.

Ben Gulbranson, PRO QB, 3 Star

247 Sports rates the 6-foot 3, 210-pound quarterback as the 33rd best pro style quarterback in the country for the 2020 recruiting class, good for a three-star rating.  He held offers from California, Arizona State, Kansas State and San Jose State. His tape shows off good accuracy and an ability to deliver balls in the right spot despite imminent pressure. 

Cooper Darling, OG, 3 Star

A 247Sports composite three-star out of Gilbert, Arizona rates as the 86th best guard in the country. At 6-foot-4, 290-pounds he has a frame to play at the Pac-12 level. His only other Power 5 offer was Arizona State. 

Silas Bolden, ATH, 3 Star

The younger brother of former Beavers receiver, Victor Bolden Jr, has a grade of three stars from 247Sports. He’s 5-foot-10, 175 pounds and held offers from Hawai’i, Idaho, Sacramento State and San Jose State. Like his older brother, he excels in the return game. In high school, he appears to operate on the outside as a wide receiver. 

Trevor Pope, ATH, 3 Star

A 247Sports composite three-star out of Tracy, CA. He held offers from Oregon State, Fordham, New Mexico and San Jose State. The 6-foot-1, 165-pound athlete played wide receiver in high school stretching the defense and getting yards after the catch on drag routes.

Samuel Peacock, OT, 3 Star

A 247Sports composite three-star out of Gig Harbor, WA. He also held offers from Georgetown, Idaho, Portland State, among others. At 6-foot-6, 265-pounds he will need to put on some weight to compete in the trenches on the Pac-12 level. 

Tommy Spencer, TE, 3 Star

A 247Sports composite three-star out of Roseville, CA and the 95th ranked tight end. He also held offers from Fresno State and San Diego State. At 6-foot-5, 248-pounds he showed proficiency at run-blocking tight end and hopes to catch passes as well in college. His college tape shows off good run blocking and route running.

Nation's top quarterback prospect picks Clemson over Oregon

Nation's top quarterback prospect picks Clemson over Oregon

The nation's top quarterback prospect has made his decision. Five-star DJ Uiagalelei committed to the Clemson Tigers, which was widely expected.

Oregon and Clemson were in a recruiting battle for the 6-foot-4, 240-pound St. John Bosco (California) athlete who is praised for his out-of-this-world arm strength.

Uiagalelei visited Oregon several times, including a recent trip for the spring game where he met former Oregon quarterbacks Marcus Mariota and Jeremiah Masoli, who are two of his favorite college football players.

At Clemson, Uiagalelei will be behind quarterback Trevor Lawrence for probably one season while he is groomed to take over the defending national champions upon Lawrence’s likely declaration for the 2020 NFL Draft. 

With seven commitments, the Ducks are still piecing their 2020 recruiting class, which includes five four-star prospects. The 2020 class currently ranks first in the Pac-12 Conference and 14th nationally on 247Sports.  Oregon coach Mario Cristobal looks to build on his 2019 class that ranked first in the Pac-12 conference, seventh nationally and featured 5-star prospect Kayvon Thibodeaux and 11 4-star athletes.

Oregon will continue to look for a quarterback in the 2020 class to compete against Tyler Shough and Cale Millen for the starting role when Justin Herbert takes his talents to the NFL.

DJ Uiagalelei's commitment to commit is silly

DJ Uiagalelei's commitment to commit is silly

The nation's top quarterback prospect has made his decision. Five-star DJ Uiagalelei committed to... well, he's going to keep us guessing for the next five days. 

Oregon and Clemson are in a recruiting battle for the 6-foot-4, 240-pound St. John Bosco (California) athlete who is praised for his out-of-this-world arm strength. He also included Mt. San Antonio College in the mix of his top three schools. 

Side note- is he the only college football player to have Mt. San Antonio College in his top three that also includes the defending national champions?

He took to his Twitter to post a beautifully edited hype video from a Los Angeles agency. The video announced that he will announce his commitment on May 5th (his mom's birthday). 

After the quarterback tweeted on Tuesday night that he would make a "big announcement" on May 1st, I turned my notifications on for his tweets. When I watched his "big announcement" video, I couldn't help but think... Isn't this a little out of control? I know we live in the age of social media and I'm all for the excitement that comes along with football recruiting. Maybe I woke up on the wrong side of the bed, but how many "big announcements" are too many? It's silly in my opinion. Yet, many are all aboard the hype train. And hey, you only commit to a college football program once in your life, right (sarcasm)?

I wonder what Uiagalelei's wedding invitations will be like some day, will he mail a save the date to check your mailbox for your save the date?

The tease comes after Uiagalelei visited Oregon several times, including a recent trip for the spring game where he met former Oregon quarterbacks Marcus Mariota and Jeremiah Masoli, who are two of his favorite college football players. 

It is widely expected that Uiagalelei will committ to the Clemson Tigers. At Clemson, Uiagalelei would be behind quarterback Trevor Lawrence for probably one season while he is groomed to take over the defending national champions upon Lawrence’s likely declaration for the 2020 NFL Draft. At Oregon, Uiagalelei would also enter a primo situation; Quarterback Justin Herbert's departure opens a starting role for the Ducks in 2020, competing against backups Tyler Shough and Cale Millen.

If he chooses Oregon, coach Mario Cristobal will have landed the nation’s No. 1 prospect in back-to-back recruiting classes (defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux, the nation’s top prospect by ESPN in 2019).

As Uiagalelei would say, STAY TUNED! BIG ANNOUNCEMENT COMING MAY 5!