Jonathan Smith and the Oregon State Beavers are on pace for the program's best recruiting class since 2013 for the 2022 cycle thanks to nailing official visits this summer and putting together solid developmental pitches.
If Smith can sign a top-40 class, it will be a signal of growth for a program that finished outside the top-100 last cycle (thanks to limited roster spots and COVID-19 disrupting any positive recruiting momentum).
Let's meet the current commitments in order of commitment date.
Name: Melvin Jordan IV, LB
Height/Weight: 6'09", 205-pounds
Composite Rating: 3-star, No. 48 LB, No. 466 overall
Getting Jordan IV, who held offers from schools such as Florida State, shows the Beavers can win some crucial battles after the growth shown under Jonathan Smith.
Name: Damien Martinez, RB
Height/Weight: 5'10", 220-pounds
Composite Rating: 3-star, No. 76 RB, No. 986 overall
Damien Martinez, a three-star running back from Lewisville, TX, committed to the Beavers following a high school season where he ran for 2,010 yards on 232 attempts (8.7 YPC), resulting in 30 touchdowns.
As a sophomore, Martinez ran for 2,629 yards on 325 attempts resulting in 38 touchdowns.
Name: Cole Prusia, WR
Height/Weight: 6'3", 200-pounds
Composite Rating: 3-star, No. 123 WR, No. 890 overall
Oregon State was the first school to offer the Tualatin product after he ran 670 yards and 11 touchdowns while catching three interceptions, being named Prep Redzone’s Oregon 5A/6A co-offensive player of the year.
Name: Travis Throckmorton, QB
Height/Weight: 6'3", 205-pounds
Composite Rating: 3-star, No. 52 QB, No. 752 overall
While a Beavers pledge, Throckmorton was named the most accurate quarterback in the Golden Gun Accuracy Challenge at Elite 11 regional.
Name: Dylan Lopez, Center
Height/Weight: 6'2", 285-pounds
Composite Rating: 3-star, No. 27 IOL, No. 654 overall
Once a USC commit, Lopez committed to USC over Cal. ESPN ranks him as the No. 2 center in the nation for the class of 2022.
Name: Carlos Mack, Safety
Height/Weight: 6'1", 175-pounds
Composite Rating: 3-star, No. 81 S
The 6'1", 175-pound prospect committed to Oregon State over offers from Colorado State, Fresno State, Northern Arizona and Sacramento State. He's rated as the nation's No. 86 safety, No. 102 player in California and No. 1,382 nationally by 247Sports composite ranking
Name: Jacob Strand, OT
Height/Weight: 6'5", 240-pounds
Composite Rating: 3-star, No. 151 OT
247Sports rates Stand as a three-star prospect as the nation's No. 159 offensive tackle at the time of his decision. He chose Oregon State over Air Force.
Name: Luka Vincic, OT
Height/Weight: 6'5", 275-pounds
Composite Rating: 3-star, No. 83 OT, No. 861 overall
The 6'5", 27-pound Vincic chose Oregon State over offers from Cal, Utah, Air Force, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, and Yale.
Name: Quincy Wright, DL
Height/Weight: 6'2", 270-pounds
Composite Rating: 3-star, No. 89 DL, No. 604 overall
Wright played high school football with current Beavers wide receiver Zeriah Beason. In 2019, the two led Duncanville to a 15-1 record en route to a Texas 6A D-I state runner-up finish.
Name: Jack Velling, TE
Height/Weight: 6'5", 225-pounds
Composite Rating: 3-star, No. 47 TE, No. 862 overall
Andrew Nemec reports after Michigan took in four-star tight end Colston Loveland, it paved the way for Velling to commit to the Beavers.
Name: Takari Hickle, DL
Height/Weight: 6'4", 240-pounds
Composite Rating: N/A
The 6'4", 240-pound lineman from Tenino, WA holds an offer from Nevada. He's unrated by composite ranking but 247Sports evaluates him as a three-star prospect as the nation's No. 207 DL and No. 39 player in Washington.
Now, he gets to stay in the Pacific Northwest and develop. He's playing 1A football in Washington but his measurements of an 83.5-inch wingspan (nearly 7 feet) and 11 1/8-inch hands give him a high-upside frame.