A detailed look at the Beavers 2017 recruiting class

A detailed look at the Beavers 2017 recruiting class

JUNIOR COLLEGE SIGNEES

Player | Pos. | HT, WT | Hometown | JC/JC Coach / High School/HS Coach)

Clay Cordasco | OL | 6-6, 330 | Cornish, Maine | Los Angeles Valley JC/Robert Tucker/ Kennett HS/Mike Holderman

Craig Evans | DT | 6-3, 330 | Sun Prairie, Wis. | Arizona Western CC/Tom Minnick / Sun Prairie HS/Brian Kaminski

Jake Luton | QB | 6-6, 230 | Marysville, Wash. | Ventura College/Steve Mooshagian / Marysville-Pilchuck HS/Rudy Grandbois

Justin Sattelmaier | OL | 6-7, 310 | Temecula, Calif. | Palomar CC/Joe Early/ Temecula Valley HS/Rick Mey

Aaron Short | WR | 6-0, 200 | Fairfield, Calif | Sierra College/Ben Noonan /Rodriguez HS/Berwyn Hutcherson

 

HIGH SCHOOL SIGNEES

Player | Pos. | HT, WT | Hometown | High School HS Coach

Kesi Ah-Hoy | ILB | 6-0, 215 | Kahuku, Hawai’i | Kahuku HS/Vavae Tata

Quantino “Tino” Allen | WR | 5-11, 200 | Belle Glade, Fla. | Glades Central HS/Rick Casko

Benjamin “BJ” Baylor | RB | 6-0, 190 | Wharton, Texas | Wharton HS/Tim Finn

Josh Bowcut | OL | 6-6, 290 | Sherwood, Ore. | Sherwood HS/Greg Lawrence

Jaelen Bush | DE | 6-6, 225 | Lacey, Wash. | Timberline HS/Mike Spears

Onesimus Clarke | OG | 6-4, 325 | Waianae, Hawai’i | Waianae HS/Walter Young

TraJon Cotton | S | 6-1, 185 | Sacramento, Calif. | Inderkum HS/Terry Stark

Isaiah Dunn | CB | 6-0, 175 | Antioch, Calif. | Antioch HS/John Lucido

Arex “Champ” Flemings |WR |5-6, 150 |Altadena, Calif. | Cathedral HS/Kevin Pearson

Justin Gardner |CB | 6-1, 170 | Charlotte, N.C. | Shiloh HS (Ga.)/Ryan Andrews

Kaleb Hayes | CB | 6-0, 175 | San Bernardino, Calif | San Gorgonio HS/Ron Gueringer

Isaiah Hodgins | WR | 6-4, 210 | Oakley, Calif. | Berean Christian HS/James Hodgins

Travis Mackay | OT | 6-6, 270 | Portland, Ore. | Central Catholic HS/Steve Pyne

Jeffrey Manning, Jr. | S | 6-1, 195 | Lakewood, Calif. | Cathedral HS/Kevin Pearson

David Morris | S | 6-3, 200 | Sherwood, Ore. | Sherwood HS/Greg Lawrence

Kolby Taylor | WR | 5-11, 195 | Chandler, Ariz. | Chandler HS/Shaun Aguano

Calvin Tyler | RB | 5-9, 190 | Beaumont, Texas | Silsbee HS/Randy Smith

Charles “Moku” Watson | S |6-2, 180 | Wahiawa, Hawai’i | Leilehua HS/Nolan Tokudo

Brock Wellsfry | OG | 6-6, 285 | Pasco, Wash. | Hanford HS/Brett Jay

Aidan Willard | QB |6-2, 185 | Napa, Calif. | Justin-Siena HS/Brandon LaRocco

 

JUNIOR COLLEGE SIGNEES

 

Clay Cordasco, OL, 6-6, 330, Cornish, Maine, Los Angeles Valley JC/Kennett HS) -- @clay_cordasco

Started both years in junior college at either right or left tackle … will have two years to play two seasons … second team all-conference selection last year … four-year varsity football player, his senior year at Kennett High School in Maine and the previous three years at Sacopee High School in New Hampshire … invited to play in the east-west New Hampshire all-star bowl following his senior season … honorable mention all-state as a senior … two years of playing eligibility remaining after redshirting as a true freshman … also attended Pierce Community College, where he played in 2015 … Cordasco on his strengths, courtesy of Recruiting News Guru -- “One of my strengths at offensive tackle is my good hand speed. My other strengths are my pass protection and foot speed. I am agile for a big guy. I played offensive tackle all the way through high school. I switched to left tackle at Pierce and I stuck there. That was my first time playing left tackle” … contemplating a career in criminal justice … involved in community service.

 

Craig Evans, DT, 6-3, 330, Sun Prairie, Wis. & Jackson, Miss. (Arizona Western CC/Michigan State/Sun Prairie HS)

Four-star junior college defensive tackle by Rivals … ranked in Scout’s JuCo Top 100 … registered 58 tackles, including 18.5 tackles-for-loss, and 5.5 sacks in his lone season at Arizona Western … originally signed with Michigan State as a four-star defensive tackle out of high school spending two seasons with the Spartans … played in all 14 games as a redshirt freshman at MSU in 2015 recording 21 tackles, including 3.5 tackles-for-loss, and one sack … named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team by BTN.com and ESPN.com … played three games as a true freshman before missing the remainder of the season due to injury and using his redshirt year … selected to the USA Football roster for the 2014 U.S. Under-19 National Team against Team Canada in the International Bowl series … participated in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Orlando … ranked as one of the nation’s top players by several recruiting services out of Sun Prairie HS … named the top recruit in the state of Wisconsin by Rivals and on the Detroit Free Press Best of the Midwest list … named to PrepStar’s All-Midwest Team … four-year starter at Sun Prairie for coach Brian Kaminski … two-time first-team all-state selection by Associated Press and Wisconsin Football Coaches Association … registered 71 tackles including 15 tackles-for-loss with six sacks as a senior … will have two seasons to play two when he arrives in Corvallis.

 

Jake Luton, QB, 6-6, 230, Marysville, Wash. (Ventura College/Idaho/Marysville-Pilchuck HS) --@JakeLuton7

Considered a consensus three-star junior college quarterback … named as a Junior College All-American … ranked among the ESPN top JC 50 recruits … ranked in Scout’s JuCo Top 100 … set Ventura College school-records – both season and career – with 3,551 passing yards and passing touchdowns with 40 scores in 2016 … in addition, he rushed for 175 yards and six touchdowns … led Ventura to the playoffs in his only season … originally signed with Idaho playing in four games as a redshirt freshman in 2015 … completed 49-78 passes for 383 yards and one touchdown for the Vandals and also ran for five TDs … displayed passing and running ability at MPHS, a school with a history of rushing the ball … led Marysville-Pilchuck to the Wesco 3A league championship as a senior … completed 7-9 passes for 137 yards and three touchdowns in the championship game becoming the school’s top passer ever … threw for over 1,300 yards and picked up 450 yards on the ground as a junior … will have two seasons to play two … Luton on choosing Oregon State, “Oregon State overall fits me well as a player, person and student. It really resonates with me that Coach Andersen and his staff are straight shooters. I feel as though they’ve been open and honest with me throughout this process and from speaking with players and people around the program he’s a genuine guy who truly cares about his players.”

 

Justin Sattelmaier, OL, 6-7, 310, Temecula, Calif. (Palomar CC/Western Oregon/Temecula Valley HS) -- @jsattelmaier

Justin is ranked in Scout’s JuCo Top 100 … unanimous first team all-conference as the left tackle at Palomar in 2016 … earned two letters in football and three in wrestling at Temecula Valley HS … originally went to Western Oregon University to play football, using his redshirt season in 2015, before transferring to Palomar College where he played in 2016 under coach Joe Early … will have three years to play three seasons … was an Honor Roll student at Temecula Valley … earned all-state academic team honors in wrestling and was the Southwestern League champion in the heavyweight division under head wrestling coach Arnold Alpert … two-time CIF heavyweight champion … Sattelmaier on why he chose Oregon State – “I chose Oregon State because I really like the coaching staff and their philosophy. I believe that they are taking the program in the right direction and that’s something I want to be a part of” … Sattelmaier on what stood out during the recruiting process with OSU – “The thing that stood out most is how much they cared for their players and focused on so much more than just football. It was about football obviously and turning it around but they focus so much on grades and after football making sure the players are young men with jobs that contribute to society. That stood out to me as these coaches were different and someone who I wanted to play for and develop with.”

 

Aaron Short, WR, 6-1, 200, Fairfield, Calif. (Sierra College/Rodriguez HS) -- @Kingshort15

Played at Sierra College last year after attending College of San Mateo for two years – played his sophomore year … will have two years to play two seasons … scored seven touchdowns last season, the second-highest total in the NorCal Division … played a shortened season last year due to an injury … played on the varsity team two years at Rodriguez HS, earning team MVP as a senior and the offensive player of the year as a junior … first team all-league as a senior and second team as a junior … selected to play in a postseason all-star game, but had already began his collegiate career … sprinter in his high school two years, where he was all-league in the 100, 200 and 400 meters … his cousin Anthony Hines plays at Missouri … Sierra head coach Ben Noonan on Short – “Aaron came to Sierra College as a student-athlete on a mission! It has been exciting to watch his maturation process in regards to his academic approach, specifically the way he recently began to compete in the classroom as he does in between the white lines. As for Aaron’s football talents, the sky is the limit and we (Sierra College staff) could not be prouder of his recent achievements and look forward to watching him continue his success on the Saturday gridiron at Oregon State’ … Aaron chose OSU because of the “football program and opportunity to receive a great education.”

                                                                                                     

HIGH SCHOOL SIGNEES

 

Kesi Ah-Hoy, ILB, 6-0, 215, Kahuku, Hawai’i (Kahuku HS) -- @kesiahhoy

Kesi is rated the No. 1 running back in Hawai’i and No. 14 in the West per Scout … No. 12 running back in the nation per 247Sports … in addition to running back, Ah-Hoy played in the “wildcat” formation on offense and safety on defense … Kahuku won the 2015 state title in a game where he rushed for 103 yards on 30 carries and scored four touchdowns … November 2015 Hawai’i Quarterback Club SportsPerson of the Month … 2015 Oahu Interscholastic Offensive Player of the Year … also plays basketball, rugby and track and field at Kahuku … played in the inaugural Polynesian Bowl last month … 2016 and ‘15 First Team All-State … team captain as a senior … his older sister Camilla Ah-Hoy was a standout volleyball student-athlete at OSU (2006-09) … contemplating pharmacy for a major.

 

Quantino “Tino” Allen, WR, 5-11, 200, Belle Glade, Fla., (Glades Central HS) -- @Tinoo17_17

Rated the No. 22 prospect in the state from Florida … one of the fastest players in the country … highly recruited … played multiple positions at Glades Central including receiver, kick returner, running back, strong safety, free safety, defensive end, cornerback and linebacker … three-year varsity starter … Palm Beach Post First Team All-District last season and Second Team as a junior … averaged 44.3 yards per kickoff return as a senior to go with 499 receiving yards and six touchdowns – also rushed for 213 yards and two scores … led Glades Central to the 4A playoffs last year …the Palm Beach Post rated him No. 19 on its “Big Board” heading into his senior season … also plays basketball and competes in track and field … Honor Roll student … aspires to have a professional career in sports management.

 

Benjamin “BJ” Baylor, RB, 6-0, 190, Wharton, Texas (Wharton HS)

BJ rushed for 1,997 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior, and added another four scores receiving … led Wharton to the Class 4A playoffs … Victoria (Texas) Advocate All-Area Team member … offensive MVP of District 15-4A … two-time District 15-4A all-league … running back MVP at the Next Level Houston Showcase last week … four-year starter, sharing running back duties until his senior year … rushed for 1,997 yards and 28 touchdowns  last season  … also played linebacker, safety and was a kick returner during his prep career … Greg Powers of Scout on his performance at the Showcase – “The Wharton (Texas) High speedster secures the award after showing tremendous footwork and short area quickness. He was also great going up against the linebackers” … sprinter on the track and field team … his cousin is former OSU standout Pac-12 Men’s Soccer Player of the Year Khiry Shelton … BJ’s mother Linda is a cousin to former OSU standouts James and Jacquizz Rodgers … member of Wharton High School’s Student Council … Wharton head coach Tim Finn on Baylor – “You could not ask to coach a better kid; no one associated with BJ would say a bad word about him. He’s a hard worker who was under-recruited due to the depth at running back we had up until his senior year. He’s very good at catching passes out of the backfield and he was outstanding in the big games we played during his career. I’m thrilled for him and I know he is very excited about his opportunity.”

 

Josh Bowcut, OL/DL, 6-6, 290, Sherwood, Ore., (Sherwood HS) -- @JoshBowcut

Three Rivers League First Team as a senior and Second Team as a junior … all-state second team offensive and defensive lineman … Josh accounted for 68 tackles and 10.5 sacks as a defensive lineman in his two varsity years … originally from Washington, moving to Sherwood prior to his junior year … Bowcut on his decision to attend OSU, courtesy of OregonLive -- "I decided to commit because I felt like it was a great fit for me. Whenever I go to Corvallis it feels like it's where I'm supposed to be. I like all the coaches there and believe they are building something special. When I told David (Morris), he was telling me to commit. I was also just asking about what he thought about the program? His commitment there had a little bit to do with my decision, but not too much, it was just about how I felt. I'm definitely excited to play with him on the next level, though” … Sherwood head coach Greg Lawrence on Bowcut – “Josh came to Sherwood as a sophomore and what a great addition he was to our program.  He has grown into a very good football player.  His determination and skillset helped our football program reach the success we did.  Josh will be a great addition to the Beaver program and help them reach the next level” … standout in track and field in the discus, shot put and javelin … anticipates taking a two-year LDS Mission before enrolling at OSU.

 

Jaelen Bush, DE, 6-6, 225, Lacey, Wash. (Timberline HS)

Olympian First Team All-Region … Courtesy of The Olympian – “Jaelen is a long player — long arms, long legs, towering presence. Quick and smart off the line”blocked eight passes this season (18 in his career with the Blazers) as a defensive end ... 3A South Sound Conference first-team selection and also led the league in tackles for losses (15), and added seven sacks … Tacoma News Tribune All-Area Second Team … Timberline HS head coach Mike Spears on Bush – “Jaelen is an awesome young man and a great student. He was our team captain this past season and showed great leadership. He was a pleasure to coach and get to know. He is very mature and a student of the game -- he’s the type player every coach loves to coach” … currently playing basketball where he has appeared in 69 career games … also plays soccer, earning all-area honors … standout in the classroom with a near 4.00 cumulative GPA and is closing in on an AA degree at South Puget Sound Community College while at Timberline … President’s and Vice President’s academic list at South Puget Sound CC … contemplating majoring in civil engineering with the aspirations of working for a city or state government agency … highly involved in community service, including Special Olympics … recipient of the Timberline HS George Stegie Award for leadership and excellence … Bush on his decision to attend OSU – “I love the location, the campus and the people of the Corvallis community are very welcoming.  The engineering program at OSU is exceptional and provides a great opportunity that was not available at other schools.”

 

Onesimus Clarke, OG, 6-4, 325, Waianae, Hawai’i (Waianae HS) -- @OAPLC

Pronounced Oh-nis-a-muss… highly recruited … rated the No. 1 offensive tackle in Hawai’i and No. 21 in the West … among the top 15 recruits in the state per 247Sports … two-year starter on both the offensive and defensive lines … Polynesian Bowl participant … attended the All-Poly Camp last summer … Honolulu Star Advertiser and USA Today First Team All-State … also plays volleyball as an outside hitter … contemplating majoring in kinesiology with his sights set on a sports medicine career … standout academically with multiple Honor Roll achievements and Principal’s List academic membership … his sister, Shekinah, attends Oklahoma City University and plays volleyball … Onesimus on his connection to OSU, courtesy of Scout -- "I had to remember that Oregon State has been there for me from the start. It was just the amount of family atmosphere that really caught my attention and grabbed my heart. I was inspired to go there because the coaches are connected to the Polynesian culture. I looked at Oregon State as another home. Coach Andersen came through and told me how much Oregon State means to him. It has affected his life as well in a good way and that's something I want to be a part of” … Waianae HS head coach Walter Young on Clarke – “Onesimus is a great kid, very coachable, and willing to do what’s needed to be done. His attitude is great; he’s very respectful. He has a lot of talent and skill, and wants to be pushed to his full potential.”

 

TraJon Cotton, S, 6-1, 185, Sacramento, Calif. (Inderkum HS) -- @Darkskinkingg

Rated the No. 3 safety in California, No. 7 in the West and No. 46 nationally by Scout … First Team All-Metro as a junior and senior … two-time MaxPreps honoree … four-time all-league … MVP of the league as a senior … played quarterback and safety … 2,834 career passing yards with 29 touchdowns; 734 rushing yards with 11 touchdowns … 155 career tackles with 10 interceptions … contemplating majoring in business … Honor Roll student … chose OSU because “the coaches took me in with open arms. I think I made the best decision of my life.  The whole atmosphere around the staff and the players stood out. Coach 'A' really cares about the players a lot. It is way more than just football. He doesn't talk about football as much as he does about developing me into a man” … also a sprinter and high jumper in track and field … Battle Prep West on Trajon’s skills – “Playmaker, plays with big time excitement, premium speed, will run away from you; good DB with nice ball skills; nice size and athleticism.”

 

Isaiah Dunn, CB, 6-0, 175, Antioch, Calif. (Antioch HS) -- @isaiahdunnnnn

Highly recruited … rated among the top 100 cornerbacks in the country and in the top 25 at the position in the West … 18.9 yards per reception for his career as a wide receiver … eight total touchdowns during his senior year, seven as a receiver … a standout kick returner … also played quarterback during his prep career … had a 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown last season in a nationally broadcast prep game vs. De La Salle … San Francisco Chronicle reports just three passes completed against him all of last season and he was selected to the Chronicle’s Second Team All-Metro Team … San Jose Mercury News Second Team … contemplating majoring in psychology … sprinter on the track and field team … chose OSU because “The Beyond Football Program caught my eye and the relationship I have developed with the coaching staff and current players” … Antioch head coach John Lucido on Dunn – “Isaiah is a very competitive player. He is the best man cover corner I have ever coached. He has a high ceiling and is very physical. He has state caliber track speed.  Isaiah will be a great player for Oregon State.”

 

Arex “Champ” Flemings, WR, 5-6, 150, Altadena, Calif. (Cathedral HS) -- @deucethedon

Pronounced Air-ix … No. 20 wide receiver prospect in California per Scout … 1,936 career receiving yards on 155 receptions with 24 touchdowns … also a kickoff returner …MaxPreps Player of the Game in a November victory over Rancho Verde where he had a Cathedral record 15 receptions – held the record with 14 in the season before … two-time Angelus League First Team honoree … helped Cathedral to the league title and an 11-1 overall record … earned multiple academic Honor Roll mentions at Cathedral … from 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong from last spring’s Pylon 7-on-7 Tournament in Las Vegas that drew some of the nation’s elite players - "Pound for pound, the best player on the field may have been Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral's Arex Flemings. He was very explosive allowing him to separate on every play. He's a big play waiting to happen in space” … Flemings on his style of play -- "I bring electricity. Every time I line up, there's a play waiting to happen. Every time the ball is snapped, I'm going to make a difference - blocking, running a route to hold the safety for someone else to score or make a play myself. There's a mentality I bring to the table that not a lot of people bring, because of my size difference. Being this small, you have to play with a certain edge, confidence and swagger that makes you pretty much mentally untouchable."

 

Justin Gardner, CB, 6-1, 170, Charlotte, NC., Shiloh HS, Ga.) -- @Justin_G23

Justin earned Atlanta Journal Constitution Honorable Mention All-Region selection after his senior season … honorable mention all-county … Justin on his decision to commit to OSU – “It felt like home when I visited. The coaching staff feels like family and I know they are going to push me to my ability.” … Shiloh High School head coach Ryan Andrews on Gardner – “Justin is an absolute great kid and has tremendous upside. Most do not know that he is only 17 years old and will not be 18 until October. Oregon State got an absolute steal. I am very excited to see his continued growth and development” … contemplating majoring in engineering.

 

Kaleb Hayes, CB, 6-0, 165, San Bernardino, Calif. (San Gorgonio HS)

Rated No. 12 in the “athlete” category in California per Scout … played wide receiver, running back and quarterback … accounted for 3,139 passing yards with 30 touchdowns during his junior and senior seasons combined, and 2,610 rushing yards with 34 touchdowns – 5,749 total yards ... selected to play in the Inland Empire All-Star Classic … led San Gorgonio to its first state title last season where he had 135 yards passing and 131 yards rushing in the championship … 2015 San Andreas  League Offensive MVP … contemplating majoring in business or economics … San Gorgonio head coach Ron Gueringer on Kaleb, courtesy of Rivals – “Kaleb is an outstanding athlete and was the offensive MVP of the San Andreas League last year" … Coach Gueringer told BeaverBlitz -- "He's fast too, this past spring on the track he clocked a 10.5 in the 1oo, 21.5 in the 200, and a 48 flat in the 400. He's 6-1 and has long arms and legs and great speed, which is his main asset. He's also a tremendous kid. He has a 3.4 GPA and is easy going and unassuming." 

 

Isaiah Hodgins, WR, 6-4, 210, Oakley, Calif. (Berean Christian HS) -- @IsaiahHodgins

Consensus four-star recruit at wide receiver … ranked as top five receiver in the west by Scout ... considered a top 25 receiver recruit in the nation by multiple recruiting services … Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 … recorded 94 receptions for 1,521 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior for the Eagles … registered 94 catches for 1,483 yards and 23 touchdowns in 2015, and added four punt return touchdowns as a junior … named Cal-Hi Sports second team all-state following his junior season … 76 receptions for 1,069 yards and 17 scores in 2014 … Isaiah’s father, James, played under current OSU receivers coach and then-San Jose State head coach Dave Baldwin … James was also Isaiah’s prep coach … Hodgins on his choice of Oregon State – “I love the family atmosphere and bond at Oregon State. It’s what stood out to me most. I love the coaches and got along with the players well. I feel like I can help them as they rise to the top of the Pac-12. I love the area and I’m comfortable at Oregon State.”

 

Travis Mackay, OT, 6-6, 270, Portland, Ore. (Central Catholic HS) -- @travis125792

Rated the No. 10 prospect in Oregon, per 247Sports … No. 17 on Scout’s list for offensive tackles in the West … No. 2 ranked lineman in the state per MaxPreps … interest from a number of programs … First Team All-State as a senior … Mt. Hood Conference First Team as a senior and honorable mention as a junior … played with current Beaver lineman Blake Brandel … Central Catholic head coach Steve Pyne on Mackay -- “Travis has a tremendous work ethic and is a high character young man.  On the field, he plays with a chip on his shoulder and knows how to finish plays.”

 

Jeffrey Manning, Jr., S, 6-1, 195, Lakewood, Calif. (Cathedral HS) – @jmanningjr150

Rated the No. 92 prospect in the state of California by 247Sports … No. 12 cornerback in the state of California and No. 57 overall in the country per Scout … highly recruited … transferred to Cathedral from Bellflower HS prior to his senior year … invited to play in the Army All-American Bowl … participated in several Nike Open Regional events … from Scout’s Greg Biggins on Manning Jr., -- “His size/athleticism combination should allow him to compete for playing time right away and he's not close to reaching his ceiling. He comes from one of the top programs in the SoCal area and the Beavs were able to beat out several other Pac-12 competitors for his services. Manning is a great kid off the field, works very hard and will be a model student-athlete in college. He's a kid who really wants to be great and has all the physical tools to play as long as he wants” … Manning on his thoughts of OSU, courtesy of Scout -- "I loved the overall feel of Corvallis. It's a true college town and I had a great comfort level there on my visit. Not only that but the coaches really connected with me and my family, and made us feel very welcome. My whole family loves Coach (Gary) Andersen, we really bonded well when I took my visit.”    

 

David Morris, S, 6-3, 200, Sherwood, Ore. (Sherwood HS)

Highly recruited by several Power 5 schools … No. 3 prospect in the state per 247Sports and a four-star recruit by Scout … Oregon 6A Defensive Player of the Year and Second Team all-state running back … second team all-state on both sides of the ball as a junior … 2016 and ‘15 USA Today Oregon First Team on defense  ... Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 … three-year varsity career accumulating 3,484 all-purpose yards as a running back and returner with 37 touchdowns … 184 career tackles with eight interceptions … Tacoma News Tribune Northwest Nuggets “Best of the Rest” … sprinter and javelin thrower on the track and field team … Morris on his selection to OSU prior to last season, courtesy of OregonLive -- "They were the first ones to believe in me, to offer me, and that meant a ton. For me, just getting an opportunity to play at the next level was big. The first school to do that was Oregon State, and that meant a lot to my family. Also, having Coach Andersen come to my football game and actually watch it. That was big for me as well. I feel comfortable there” … Sherwood Head Coach Greg Lawrence -- “It is incredible how David brings an energy to his teammates that changes the momentum of the game.  When he makes a big play his excitement and enthusiasm is contagious.  It has truly been a pleasure and honor to have coached him and watched him play every week. In my 30 years of coaching he is without a doubt the best overall player that I have ever coached.  I am excited to watch him help take the Beavers to the next level.” 

 

Kolby Taylor, WR, 5-11, 195, Chandler, Ariz. (Chandler HS) @thekolbytaylor

Four-star recruit at wide receiver by ESPN.com … considered a top 10 recruit and the No. 1 wide receiver from the state of Arizona by multiple recruiting services … earned first team all-state as a junior and honorable mention as a sophomore … Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 … set the Chandler High single season receptions record with 69 catches for 879 yards, and 10 touchdowns as a junior … added six scores on the ground and one via kickoff return … played three seasons of varsity football at Chandler High under head coach Shaun Aguano – missed his senior year due to an injury suffered prior to the season … was a team captain as a senior … has three brothers, all of whom played at Arizona State … Eastbay Football Freshman All-American … Taylor on what drew him to Oregon State – “I chose Oregon State because of the coaching staff’s great character. I like that Coach Andersen is a players’ coach. He lets his players be themselves and doesn’t worry about the little things. He’ll tell you the truth on how things are and doesn’t sugar-coat it. And I really like the opportunities Oregon State offers after I graduate. I’d like to pursue a job with Nike when I’m done with football and there is no better place to go than Oregon State with it being in Nike’s backyard.”

 

Calvin Tyler, RB, 5-9, 190, Beaumont, Texas (Silsbee HS) @BlessedAthleteC

Highly-recruited among the nation’s elite programs … rated the No. 18 all-purpose back in the country per 247Sports … District 10-4A and District 22-5A MVP … Vype Southeast Texas Player of the Year … four-year letterman and three-year starter … Tyler was named the 2016 Super Gold Offensive Player of the Year after compiling a school-record 2,861 rushing yards, the most in the state of Texas, and 29 touchdowns in his senior year … rushed for a Silsbee HS record 396 yards in a game last season … SuperGold MVP – regional honor … as a junior at Beaumont (Texas) Ozen High School, Tyler rushed for 1,809 yards with 24 touchdowns on 204 carries … also plays basketball and track and field … Christine Michael of the Green Bay Packers is his cousin … contemplating majoring in business … member of the National Honor Society and multiple Silsbee HS Honor Roll member … involved in community service … Tyler on his commitment, courtesy of Scout -- "The coaches passed the first test and I like they are very up front. I know I can trust them, so I was just waiting to make it to Corvallis and when I made it, it felt like I was in my hometown. I enjoyed being with the other players already there. I see the brotherhood and how close they are and they welcomed me with open arms. I'm ready to get back to Corvallis and win the Pac-12 Championship. The players, coaches and I are all on the same page and ready to turn things around at Oregon State and build the canvas for the recruits that come after me and the ones after them."

  

Charles “Moku” Watson, S, 6-2, 180, Wahiawa, Hawai’i (Leilehua HS) -- @MokuSeul

Played in the inaugural Polynesian Bowl where he announced his commitment to Oregon State … highly recruited by Power 5 programs … rated the No. 13 safety in the West … No. 3 rated overall prospect in the state of Hawai’i per 247Sports … also played wide receiver at Leilehua HS and early in his career was a quarterback … helped Leilehua to the semifinals of the state playoffs last season … First Team All-State as a utility defensive player and Second Team as a junior and sophomore … two-year team captain … Watson on his skillset, courtesy of Hawai’i Prep World – “I’ll bring some edge to the defense. They’re (OSU) looking for some guys on the safety and corner spots. I think I bring a lot of versatility to the defense” … Watson on his decision to attend OSU – “It was a really hard decision. It took me until today to figure out where I wanted to go.  I just woke up this morning and that’s what my heart chose” … Watson on Corvallis/OSU program – “It’s beautiful. When I took my visit, it reminded me of Wahiawa. A lot of trees, real cool temperature. They have great coaches, great facilities. It’s always been my dream to play for a Pac-12 school” … Leilehua head coach Nolan Tokudo on Charles -- "Charles is a blessing to have in your program, he will make everyone around him play better and he will have fun working hard! Charles is a fabulous athlete.” 

Brock Wellsfry, OG, 6-6, 285, Pasco, Wash. (Hanford HS) -- @BWellsfry

Highly recruited lineman … rated No. 9 at his position in the West and No. 36 in the country by Scout … also was a defensive lineman … selected to play for the USA Under-18 Team … Seattle Times First Team All-State and the Times’ Jayda Evans wrote – “Oregon State commit is just as imposing offensively as he is defensively with his size and quick feet” … USA Today Washington Second Team … all-conference on both sides of the ball … also has played hockey that Wellsfry correlates to helping him have good footwork … track and field athlete and is among Washington’s best in the shot put, discus and javelin … played first base for an American Legion team … contemplating majoring in business … Wellsfry on his style of play prior to last season that he credits to his hockey background, per Scout – “It was great for my feet and also giving me that aggressive nature and that's something I take with me into every game I play. I can move well for a guy my size and I feel like my pass protection is probably my best asset. I've been working a lot on getting stronger and getting out on the field with my trainer, and working on my footwork and conditioning” … Brock on his decision to attend OSU – “I love the community, campus and coaches. I’m excited to help take the program to the next level.”

Aidan Willard, QB, 6-2, 185, Napa, Calif. (Justin-Siena HS) -- @waterboywill

Numerous offers coming out of high school … No. 16 rated prospect in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Chronicle heading into his senior year … No. 12 rated prospect by NorCalPreps … rated among the top pro style passers in the country … honorable mention all-conference as a senior … All-CIF nominee following last season … Napa Valley Newcomer of the Year as a sophomore after leading Justin-Siena to the section title … threw for over 2,800 yards during his varsity career even though he played just four games his senior season due to injury … 29 career passing touchdowns … also rushed for over 1,800 yards during his career and added 17 scores on the ground … also plays basketball and is a sprinter on the track and field team at Justin-Siena … Aidan on his decision to attend Oregon State, courtesy of OregonLive -- "It's been a dream of mine to play at Oregon State for as long as I can remember. Both of my parents went there and I couldn't pass up the great opportunity. It's a great school and I'm excited about the coaching staff and young, talented roster" … Justin-Siena head coach Brandon LaRocco on Willard – “Aidan is a truly gifted dual-threat quarterback, a great combination of size, speed and strength. He possesses excellent arm strength and has an outstanding ability to move in the pocket, escape the rush, and extend the play.  He is a competitor in every sense of the word.  You can really see it in the way that he plays the game.  One of the things that stood out to me this year is the growth he made as the leader of our team. He set the tone every day in practice by pushing himself and his teammates, he really embraced this role.  We are so proud of the growth Aidan has made during his four years with us and are looking forward to watching his continued growth at Oregon State.”

 

Former Oregon State Beaver Mikayla Pivec will sit out the 2020 WNBA season

Former Oregon State Beaver Mikayla Pivec will sit out the 2020 WNBA season

Former Oregon State guard Mikayla Pivec, who was set to enter her WNBA rookie season, has decided to sit out of the 2020 season.

The Atlanta Dream made the announcement on their Twitter page Monday, saying Pivec will not play in the 2020 season due to personal reasons, adding she ‘will be suspended by the Atlanta Dream.’ The Dream’s PR tweet did say the team would welcome Pivec back next season.

Oregon State's all-time leading rebounder and the shortest player in Pac-12 history to haul in 1,000 rebounds was selected by the Atlanta Dream as the 25th overall pick in the 3rd round of this year’s draft.

[RELATED]: Everything Mikayla Pivec does moves the needle

During her senior year, Pivec averaged 14.8 points and 9.3 rebounds per game.

The 5-10 guard was focused on enjoying the process and controlling what she can control just days before the WNBA Draft as she explained in April's Talkin’ Beavers Podcast.

You try not to worry too much about where you go or what's going to happen. Just know that hopefully God will steer me to the right place, and He will. Enjoy this moment and take it all in and spend time with family... Embrace the journey. -- Mikayla Pivec said ahead of the WNBA Draft in April

The 2020 WNBA season remains paused because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Five-star OSU commit Talia Von Oelhoffen 'a perfect fit' says Jamie Weisner

Five-star OSU commit Talia Von Oelhoffen 'a perfect fit' says Jamie Weisner

Last week, Oregon State secured a commitment from five-star wing Talia Von Oelhoffen: the nation's tenth-ranked prospect for the 2021 class. 

This week, the soon-to-be Beaver got some well-deserved praise from former Beaver starter Jamie Weisner on the Talkin' Beavers Podcast.

I actually played with her older sister in AAU days so I knew her since she was maybe five years old and she was just a little girl at the hotel pool. I got an opportunity to reconnect with her a couple of years ago, through a trainer and her mom, so I did a lot of workouts with her. She's just a very nice, mature, kind girl. Works hard and obviously her skills are some of the best in the nation. - Jamie Weisner

Weisner, who was a starter for the Beavers when the program went to its first Final Four in 2016, knows the program well and thinks that Von Oelhoffen will excel in Corvallis under head coach Scott Rueck.

"I think she's like a perfect fit for Oregon State. If all goes well I think she'll come in and do her thing right away so I'm very excited to watch her, especially at Oregon State."

With the graduation of Mikayla Pivec and the transfer of Destiny Slocum, the Beavers' starting backcourt is up for grabs. Senior Aleah Goodman is expected to start at one of the spots, but the other appears to be up for grabs next season. 

As a junior at Chiawana High School, Von Oelhoffen averaged 26.2 points, 3.2 assists and 3.1 steals in 21 games played.

Von Oelhoffen joins another five-star prospect, Greta Kampschroeder, in the 2021 Oregon State recruiting class.

Listen to the full Talkin' Beavers podcast with Ron Callan and guests Deven Hunter, Ruth Hamblin, Sydney Weise, Gabby Hanson, and Jamie Weisner-Scott from the 2016 Final Four squad here.

Mikayla Pivec awarded this year’s Oregon State Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Mikayla Pivec awarded this year’s Oregon State Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Find a student-athlete who demonstrates achievement both on and off the court, in the classroom and in the community and we’ll raise you one Mikayla Pivec.

Pivec, who led the Oregon State women’s basketball team to another phenomenal season in Corvallis, wrapped up her four-year career in orange and black as the program’s leading rebounder; eighth in career scoring; fourth in career assists; a Senior CLASS Award First Team All-American; All-Pac-12; and WBCA, AP and USBWA All-American Honorable Mention.

Presenting this year’s award is her head coach, Scott Rueck:

This award is given to the student-athlete who demonstrates high achievement in the classroom, who is engaged in the everyday champion program and is also active in our local community. — Scott Rueck

The award defines exactly what Pivec has done throughout her four years in Corvallis, Oregon. Not just her accomplishments on the court, but Pivec held the highest GPA on the team while getting her degree in BioHealth Science.

Her drive to help the community was also just as impressive.

According to the Oregon State University Foundation, she decided to do her Honors College thesis project on the challenges homeless people encounter, looking at the resources they use and how they can better be adapted to serve the population. With support from SURE Science, she has been working with Human Development and Family Sciences Professor Kelly Chandler from the College of Public Health and Human Sciences. 

SURE Science is a competitive program designed to support summer research opportunities for College of Science undergraduate students. 

Mikayla decided to donate part of her SURE Science award to the homeless shelters in Corvallis. 

“I was so lucky to have that opportunity – it’s my way of giving back for what was given to me,” said Pivec.

I am so thankful for Mik for all that she’s done for our program, our community, on and off the court. She’s in the career top-10 in several statistical categories at Oregon State and her successes are obviously well-documented. Even more amazing, is how she consistently found ways to make herself and our community better through all of her efforts. For that reason, Mik will go down as one of the greats to ever put on our uniform. Congrats Mik, thank you. I’m so proud of you. — Scott Rueck

The 5-foot-10 guard finished her career averaging 14.8 points and 9.3 rebounds per game and was selected No. 25 overall in the 2020 WNBA Draft by the Atlanta Dream. 

Congratulations, Mikayla!

This year's Male recipient of the award is Joel Walker of the Oregon State men's soccer team.

Be sure to check out the latest Talkin’ Beavers Podcast with host Ron Callan and special guest Oregon State softball head coach Laura Berg.

Brandin Cooks and his wife sharing touching pregnancy announcement 

Brandin Cooks and his wife sharing touching pregnancy announcement 

Six-year veteran Brandin Cooks will be on a new NFL team this season, and he’ll soon add a new title to his resume as well: Father.

Cooks, who was traded to the Houston Texans after two seasons with the Los Angeles Rams, recently announced that he and his wife, Briannon, are expecting their first child together. 

In a moving tribute on Instagram, the former Oregon State standout shared that his wife underwent in vitro fertilization, which included rounds of injections. Cooks saved hundreds of his wife injections and said in the special message “since you didn't trust me to administer the shots, I figured I would save them to show you my appreciation."

Over 200-plus IVF needles were displayed in the photo and in the middle were the words “worth every shot,” and a positive pregnancy test. 

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To my amazing wife, Here’s a little project I’ve been working on I hope you like it. I watched you take 200+ shots over a 5 month span! You are warrior in so many ways. I cannot thank you enough for what you did to get us to this point as a family! • While it may not be the way we envisioned conceiving you always kept a positive attitude about it and I thank you for that. God helped us find a way when there seemed to be no way. Your testimony is powerful and will inspire others 🍼 • Since you didn’t trust me to administer the shots I figured I would save them all to show you my appreciation. • @briannoncooks You carry this family in ways you will never understand. We are beyond blessed and fortunate to have the means to use some of the best doctors in the country for our IVF process. EVERY 💉 WAS WORTH IT🏹 #happymothersday #soontobemom #ivf #blessed

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Cooks and Briannon met while they were both attending Oregon State. Briannon was a cheerleader and Cooks was setting Pac-12 records for the Beavers. He finished his career at Oregon State with 128 receptions for 1,730 yards and 16 touchdowns. 

When selected in the first round by the New Orleans Saints in 2014, Briannon was by his side. The two were later engaged in Hawaii in June 2017 and then married in Portland on July 7, 2018. 

The Cooks family will get a fresh start in the Lone Star State in 2020 and add a much-welcomed addition to the family. Congratulations!

Be sure to check out the latest Talkin’ Beavers Podcast with host Ron Callan and special guest Oregon State softball head coach Laura Berg.

Beavs land commitment from nation’s No. 10 prospect, 2021 five-star wing Talia Von Oelhoffen

Beavs land commitment from nation’s No. 10 prospect, 2021 five-star wing Talia Von Oelhoffen

Not one, but make that two of the nation’s top 15 players in the 2021 recruiting class will be heading to Corvallis, Oregon to join head coach Scott Rueck and the Oregon State Beavers.

The nation’s No. 10 player overall (No. 2 for wings), 5-foot-11, five-star wing Talia Von Oelhoffen, from Chiawana High School in Pasco, Washington, has committed to Oregon State.

Von Oelhoffen chose Oregon State over Uconn, Stanford, UCLA and Oklahoma.

Here’s what the scouts had to say about Von Oelhoffen after her performance at the Adidas Gauntlet in July 2019:

Agile perimeter prospect with versatility; manufactures shots and delivers from beyond the arc; mid-range game threat takes defenders off the dribble and scores in traffic; superb court awareness, passes with purpose; unselfish playmaker with skill set of a point-forward; an impact prospect in the class of 2021.

As a junior at Chiawana High School, Von Oelhoffen averaged 26.2 points, 3.2 assists and 3.1 steals in 21 games played.

Von Oelhoffen joins other five-star prospect Greta Kampschroeder for the 2021 Oregon State recruiting class.

Be sure to check out the latest Talkin’ Beavers Podcast with host Ron Callan and special guest Oregon State softball head coach Laura Berg.

Los Angeles Sparks see bright future with Sydney Wiese, sign contract extension

Los Angeles Sparks see bright future with Sydney Wiese, sign contract extension

The Los Angeles Sparks have signed Sydney Wiese to a contract extension to remain in Los Angeles through the 2022 season. 

The former Oregon State guard was selected in the first round, No. 11 overall by the Sparks in the 2017 WNBA Draft.

Sydney is a huge part of the culture and identity we’re building in Los Angeles. She had a great season for us in 2019 and I’m excited for her continued growth with our group. — Eric Holoman, Managing Partner and Governor 

Last season, Wiese appeared in 32 games and started 16, averaging 4.8 points and 1.8 assists per game, while shooting 37% on 3-pointers. She averaged 20.6 minutes per game and appeared in all four of the Sparks playoff games.

Sydney Wiese is an invaluable part of our organization. She can play multiple backcourt positions, provides outside shooting, and is a model teammate and professional. — Sparks head coach Derek Fisher

But you probably already knew that. Wiese shined throughout her four-year career at Oregon State. 

Here are just some of her accomplishments:

Senior CLASS Award winner; AP Second-Team All-American; Wooden Award All-American; USWBA All-American; WBCA All-America Honorable Mention; ESPNW Second Team All-American; One of 14 players all-time to make the All-Pac-12 team all four years of her career; Pac-12 Scholar Athlete of the Year; Academic All-America Third Team; Wooden Award Finalist; Naismith Trophy Semifinalist; Pac-12 All-Tournament Team.

She finished her career averaging 15.2 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game while setting the school record for assists and three-pointers made.

I have so much gratitude for our owners, Michael Fischer, and Coach Fisher. They have stuck with me throughout my transition from college to becoming familiar with the league. Their commitment to me as a person, player, and professional is unmatched. I take pride in wearing purple and gold and I am excited to continue to represent the Sparks organization. — Sydney Wiese

Be sure to check out the latest Talkin’ Beavers Podcast with host Ron Callan and special guest Oregon State softball head coach Laura Berg.

Jonathan Smith reveals how long it would take to get Oregon State ready to play football

Jonathan Smith reveals how long it would take to get Oregon State ready to play football

With the coronavirus pandemic continuing throughout the United States, the world of college athletics has been shaken.

It's been two months since the cancellation of all spring NCAA events including spring football practice and each program has been managing in their own way.

In a Zoom press conference with UCLA head coach Chip Kelly and Arizona State head coach Herm Edwards, Oregon State head coach Jonathan Smith spoke about multiple topics including how long he would need to get his team ready to play a game.

“Six weeks," claimed Smith. "I feel like that’s a minimum but doable. Starting with the health and safety, getting them into shape and we want to put a good product out there. We want to have enough time to be able to play quality football.”

As for the possibility of canceling nonconference games such as games against Colorado State and Portland State, both of which are scheduled to take place at Reser Stadium, Smith says that's a question for athletic director Scott Barnes who "has done a great job of communicating with all of our coaches."

Earlier this week, USC head coach Clay Helton said the conference is considering playing 11 conference games which would eliminate all non-conference opponents. According to ESPN's Paul Finebaum, Alabama and TCU are in discussions to play each other rather than scheduled games against USC and California due to a belief that neither Pac-12 school will be ready to play. Currently, Alabama and USC are scheduled to begin their seasons at AT&T Stadium on September 5th and TCU was going to travel to Berkeley, Calif. on the same date.

Additionally, last week Oregon Governor Kate Brown advised that "all large gatherings should be canceled or significantly modified through at least September." Barnes later reassured that football will be played during the upcoming academic year.

Smith addressed the governor's comments on Wednesday.

“We’ve talked to them continually about – we’re always learning. It’s almost like we’re learning on a weekly basis. We’ve talked about there’s going to be a light at the end of the tunnel. We don’t know exactly how long this tunnel is that we’re in but we’re going to get an opportunity to play, to get them back and when we can get them back we want to do it safely and properly.

“The unknown is what it is, and we’re working through that. Just continue to work hard on that day-to-day because the light’s at the end of the tunnel.”

Jonathan Smith has "been on Zoom in different position meetings and doing some recruiting" and leaving the conversations about the future of the schedule to the athletic department. He also mentioned watching a ton of tape from last season due to the lack of spring ball video. 

The Beavers staff as a whole has begun recruiting virtually which has paid off already landing a verbal commitment from 2021 four-star inside linebacker Easton Mascarenas, who hasn't set foot on campus yet. 

“There’s no question it’s been an adjustment," said the Beavers head coach. "The virtual tours – they can’t come to your campus, you’re trying to bring it to them. There are high school players that are worried about being able to play their senior year and what the fall is going to look like. We’re all having to adjust as we go through this recruiting process.”

Once the pandemic has subsided enough to play football, the Beavers will be ready.

You can listen to the full Talkin’ Beavers Podcast with host Ron Callan and Coach Berg here.

Hidden Valley QB Sam Vidlak commits to Oregon State

Hidden Valley QB Sam Vidlak commits to Oregon State

The Beavers received more good news on Wednesday afternoon.

Hidden Valley High School quarterback Sam Vidlak has flipped his 2021 commitment from Montana to Oregon State as announced on his Twitter. 

"Excited to stay in my home state and play football for the Oregon State Beavers," wrote the 6'2", 175-pound signal-caller. "Go Beavs! Thank you Coach Smith, Coach Lindgren, and Coach Cookus for believing in me. #GlorytoGod"

247Sports rates Vidlak as a two-star recruit and the seventh-best composite player in Oregon for the 2021 class (15th best according to solely 247Sports). He held offers from Montana, Northern Arizona, and Yale in addition to Oregon State. Given that list, it was a no-brainer to commit to the Pac-12 school.

He explained the decision further to BeaversEdge: "It means a lot (to commit to OSU) and is something I am super thankful for. It was just something I couldn’t pass up. I am really proud to represent my school, my family, my faith and the state of Oregon.”

As a junior, Vidlak threw for 3,404 yards, 44 touchdowns and just three interceptions per MaxPreps, albeit against 4A competition. 

Former West Linn head coach and Houston Roughnecks offensive coordinator Chris Miller tweeted his congratulations to the newest Beaver. 

You can watch his junior season highlights here.

You can listen to the full Talkin’ Beavers Podcast with host Ron Callan and Coach Berg here.

Laura Berg blessed to be a part of Oregon State community

Laura Berg blessed to be a part of Oregon State community

Laura Berg picked up a bat and started playing softball at six years old.

After a long, illustrious softball career highlighted by being apart of the Team USA squad, Berg finds herself coaching the sport she loves in Corvallis, Oregon. 

Here are just some of her highlights playing as a member of Team USA: 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist; 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist; 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist; 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist; and a WBSC World Championship Gold Medalist in 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2006.

Sometimes, you have to pinch yourself to believe something is real and that’s exactly how Berg feels with the opportunity to coach the Beavs in Corvallis.

It truly is a blessing. I feel like I got the best job in the world. There are times where I have to pinch myself and be like ‘Is this real? Do I really get to coach a sport that I truly love and have been playing since I was six years old? And am I really in a community that is just as amazing as it is?’ — Laura Berg

Believe it. 

Berg finished her eighth season at the helm of the OSU Softball program in 2020.

Berg joined the Beavers’ staff as an assistant prior to the 2012 season after one of the most successful softball careers in NCAA and Team USA history. During the summer of 2012, she also served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Women’s National Team in its run at the ISF XIII World Women’s Championships in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, and has worked with Team USA in every summer since.

Berg coached Oregon State to four straight NCAA regional appearances from 2015-2018.

Oregon State also swept in-state rival Oregon in 2014 for the first time since 2006.

The 2020 Beavs were off to a 17-9 start and about the begin Pac-12 Conference play at Arizona before the spring sports season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. OSU received votes in six consecutive USA Softball/ESPN.com polls.

You can listen to the full Talkin’ Beavers Podcast with host Ron Callan and Coach Berg here.