CORVALLIS, Ore. -- You could say Oregon State's recruiting class has the Aloha Spirit.
Several of the Beavers' top prep recruits are from Hawaii, including defensive end Lamone Williams, defensive tackle Kalani Vakameilalo and athlete Fitou Fisiiahi.
Williams, at 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds, helps fill a hole left by the departure of Scott Crichton, who left Oregon State early to enter the NFL draft. The Beavers got another defensive end in Glyeb Ewing, a 6-foot-5, 235-pound prospect out of Iowa.
Vakameilalo, who is 6-foot-4 and 300 pounds, is "one of the guys most ready physically to step in and compete," coach Mike Riley said.
Riley also wooed 6-foot-1 linebacker Ricky Liuchan, a four-star prospect out of Mission Hills, Calif., despite intense interest from California.
The Beavers got letters of intent Wednesday from a pair of quarterbacks, 6-foot-2 Marcus McMaryion from Dinuba, Calif., and 6-foot-2 Nick Mitchell of Snoqualmie, Wash. Also waiting in the wings is Luke Del Rio, a transfer from Alabama who has enrolled at Oregon State but will probably have to sit out a year because of NCAA rules. He is the son of Jack Del Rio, former NFL player and defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos.
Current Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion will be a senior next season.
Two question marks on signing day were Texans Datrin Guyton and Bright Ugwoegbu. Guyton, a 6-foot-4, 180-pound wide receiver, and Ugwoegbu, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound linebacker, both drew interest from other schools but signed with Oregon State.
Offensive lineman Kammy Delp, who had verbally committed to Arizona State, changed his mind and signed a letter of intent with Oregon State. He went to Twitter to post a picture of himself signing the letter wearing a Beavers hat.
"Officially signed to Oregon State. Going to live it up today," he posted with the photo.
The Beavers also signed wide receiver Xavier Hawkins out of Knoxville, Tenn. Although small at 5-foot-8 and 165 pounds, Hawkins has drawn comparisons to Brandin Cooks, who also has decided to leave school early for the draft.
Other signees include cornerback Dwayne Williams, a 5-foot-9, 158-pound track star out of Killeen, Texas, and two local players: tight end Ryan Nall, who played for Portland's Central Catholic, and Tanner Sanders, who is from Corvallis and could play multiple positions, perhaps even quarterback.
Oregon State went 7-6 last season, capping off the year with a 38-23 victory over Boise State in the Hawaii Bowl.
National rankings (Rivals 49; Scout 48).
Best in class: defensive tackle Kalani Vakameilalo of Hawaii.
Best of the rest: Receiver Xavier Hawkins from Tennessee.
Late addition: Offensive lineman Kammy Delp of Pomona, Calif., decommitted from Arizona State.
One that got away: RB Harris Ross of Pittsburg, Calif., has not qualified academically, but still plans to enroll.
NOTE: Mike Riley: "The beauty of this class was there were no surprises."
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HIGH SCHOOL SIGNEES
Player Pos HT WT Hometown (High School)
Drew Clarkson OL 6-3 275 Camas, WA (Camas)
Kammy Delp OL 6-3 310 Pomona, CA (Diamond Ranch)
Yanni Demogerontas OT 6-5 270 Orland Park, IL (Sandburg)
Glyeb Ewing DE 6-5 235 Waukon, IA (Waukon)
Fitou Fisiiahi ATH 6-2 240 Honolulu, HI (Kaiser)
Datrin Guyton WR 6-4 180 Manor, TX (Manor)
Xavier Hawkins WR 5-8 175 Knoxville, TN (Fulton)
Kevin Hayes CB 6-3 175 Bakersfield, CA (Bakersfield)
Sumner Houston DE 6-3 270 San Ramon, CA (De La Salle)
Jake Knight TE 6-4 225 Meridian, ID (Rocky Mountain)
Ricky Liuchan LB 6-1 215 Escondido, CA (Mission Hills)
Marcus McMaryion II QB 6-1 180 Dinuba, CA (Dinuba)
Nick Mitchell QB 6-3 190 North Bend, WA (Mount Si)
Trent Moore OL 6-5 250 Chandler, AZ (Hamilton)
Ryan Nall TE 6-3 235 Sandy, OR (Central Catholic)
Robert Olson OL 6-5 260 Eden Prairie, MN (Eden Prairie)
Tanner Sanders ATH 6-5 205 Corvallis, OR (Crescent Valley)
Adam Soesman DB 6-2 195 Clovis, CA (Buchanan)
Bright Ugwoegbu LB 6-2 205 Katy, TX (Seven Lakes)
Kalani Vakameilalo DL 6-4 300 Kapolei, HI (Kapolei)
Dwayne Williams DB 5-10 175 Killeen, TX (Shoemaker)
Lamone Williams DL 6-3 240 Kahuku, HI (Kahuku)
Jonathan Willis LB 6-2 210 Tulsa, OK (Booker T. Washington)
JUNIOR/COMMUNITY COLLEGE SIGNEES
Player Pos HT WT Hometown (High School/JC)
Luke Hollingsworth DL 6-3 260 Hooper, UT (Fremont/Snow JC)
Bobby Keenan OL 6-5 280 Sacramento, CA (Rio Americano/American River CC)
Demarlon Morris DB 5-11 185 Chicago, IL (Percy L. Julian/Mesa CC)
Kyle Peko DT 6-2 295 La Habra, Calif. (La Habra/Cerritos CC)
Player Pos HT WT Hometown (High School/JC)
Luke Del Rio QB 6-3 210 Highland Ranch, CO (Valor Christian/Alabama)
Baker Pritchford DL 6-3 270 South Jordan, UT (Bingham/BYU)
JUNIOR/COMMUNITY COLLEGE SIGNEES
Luke has three years of playing eligibility remaining with a redshirt year available … originally attended Weber State before transferring to Snow JC … made 30 tackles last season, including seven for loss and three sacks … 2011 Utah 5A All-State Defense First Team, Deseret News 2011 5A Defense First Team, Salt Lake Tribune 2011 5A Defense First Team, 2010 Utah 5A All-State Defense Second Team, 2010 National Underclassmen (NUC) top tight end at the Southwest USA Dallas Combine and Salt Lake Combine … grew up in Aledo, Texas where he was part of four youth championship football teams, before moving to Utah in the eighth grade … chose OSU because – “I love the climate in Corvallis and I really love that it is a college town. I like that there is less "hype" in Corvallis which attracts a more serious cerebral player. Most of all I have an immense admiration for Coach Joe Seumalo's style and his savvy to come and find me in Ephraim Utah and to leave no stone unturned to get me to OSU” … his father is a retired F-16 Fighter pilot and now flies commercial jets … his sister, Annalyn, played softball at Arizona and North Texas, and is currently the head softball coach at Texas Permian Basin … another sister, Chelsea, was recruited to play soccer at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy … intends to major in business. Follow Luke on Twitter @HollingsworthLJ
Keenan signed his LOI during the winter JC signing period and enrolled at OSU for winter term that started Jan. 6 … he has three years to play two seasons … earned North Division First Team honors for the 2013 season … two-year letterman at American River and led the Beavers to an 8-3 record and an appearance in the Bothman Bulldon Bowl in November … graduate of Rio Americano High School in Sacramento where he made 64 tackles in his junior and senior seasons combined as a defensive end – also played offensive tackle … also was a standout in track throwing the shot put.
Demarlon has three years of eligibility to be completed in four years … used as a kick and punt returner, averaging 23.6 and 20.7 yards respectively … 70 tackles last season at Mesa, with a team-leading five interceptions (9th in the country) and seven pass breakups … earned First Team Arizona Community College Athletic Conference (ACCAC) honors last season as a defensive back and Second Team Western States Football League selection ... also earned ACCAC Second Team honors as a returner … JCGridiron.com ranks Morris as the No. 4 cornerback in the country … helped Mesa to the Heart of Texas Bowl last season … First Team All-City and All-State as a junior and senior at Chicago’s Percy L. Julian High School … led the state for interceptions his final two prep seasons with eight as a senior and 13 as a junior … Demarlon on his decision to be a Beaver – “OSU is the perfect spot for me, due to the experience that my position coach and defensive coordinator have; very smart coaches and I look forward to getting better and help the team” … Mesa head coach Ryan Felker on Morris – “Demarlon is a hard working young man that helped our team reach the Western States Football League Championship. He made big time plays for us on defense as well as special teams. He has the ability to play the game of football at the highest level.”
Kyle has two years to play two seasons … Rivals listed Kyle as the No. 52 top junior college prospect in the nation after the 2012 season … made 46 tackles, including 11.5 tackles-for-loss and three sacks as a sophomore, and 39 tackles, including eight quarterback sacks as a freshman at Cerritos … a two-time All-CIF and 1st Team All-Freeway League selection at La Habra … earned the league’s Lineman of the Year two years in a row… was a three-time All-Area selection and the team won the CIF Championship his sophomore year … named the team’s Rookie of the Year as a sophomore… is the cousin of ninth-year defensive tackle Damato Peko of the Cincinnati Bengals and Tupe Peko, who played for the Atlanta Falcons and Indianapolis Colts.
Luke will enroll at Oregon State for spring term (March) … he will be required to redshirt in 2014 due to NCAA transfer rules and thus will have three years of eligibility to play three seasons … following his senior season he was rated as the No. 2 player in the state of Colorado and the No. 27 pocket passer nationally by ESPN ... Rivals listed him as the nation's No. 28 pro-style quarterback and the No. 3 player in the state ... ranked as the 33rd-best pro-style quarterback in the 247Composite and No. 4 in Colorado ... the No. 36 quarterback by 247Sports.com ... Scout ranked him as the No. 47 signal-caller nationally ... son of former NFL player and current Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio ... as a senior in 2012, played at Valor Christian High School, leading the Eagles to the Colorado 5A State Championship ... passed for 2,275 yards at Valor Christian with 28 touchdowns and only four interceptions ... named a first team All-State selection by the Denver Post ... also named the quarterback for the Denver Post All-Colorado team ... threw for 2,580 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior in 2011 at Episcopal High School in Jacksonville, Fla.
Baker transfers to OSU after spending two years on an LDS Mission to Hawai’i … attended BYU in 2011, but did not play thus utilizing his redshirt year … has four years of eligibility remaining to play four seasons … 2010 Second Team All-State by the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News … named the top defensive lineman in Region 3 … rated the No. 8 prospect in the state and the No. 37 defensive end in the nation by Rivals following his senior year … Rated the No. 27 Midlands prospect by SuperPrep … helped Bingham to state titles in 2009 and 2010, where he had 118 career tackles for his career with 15 sacks … played in the inaugural Polynesian Football Classic … placed first in the Bingham Classic Powerlifting Championships in June of 2011 that included first place in the bench press … originally recruited by Oregon State following his senior year … his brother, Iona Pritchford, is a senior running back for BYU.
HIGH SCHOOL SIGNEES
Drew was one of 90 players who participated in last month’s Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in California … Rivals lists him as the 15th best center in the country and the ninth-best prospect in Washington … received recruiting interest from numerous schools in the West Region … First Team All-State and All-Greater St. Helens League as a junior and senior ... Tacoma News Tribune NW Nuggets team member … member of the Tacoma News Tribune’s “Western 100” top recruits on the West Coast … member of the 16-player Seattle Times “Red Chips” list … Clarkson on his decision to attend OSU, courtesy of the Northwest Prep Report -- “The coaches, and campus, the other guys were all perfect. It feels like family there and that to me was the perfect fit. The sense of family is amazing. The coaches were real to me and very genuine and I have hung out with some of the players and loved it” … helped Camas to the Washington 4A title game in 2013 and to the semifinals in 2012 … led a fundraising activity last September – “Everyone Walk” to create awareness of Testicular Cancer with all proceeds going to charity … also plays basketball and rugby … contemplating majoring in agriculture.
Rated the No. 23 offensive guard in the country per Scout … Rated the No. 49 overall prospect in California per Rivals … played defensive tackle as well at Diamond Ranch … played in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl … made 70 tackles as a senior, including 16 for loss and seven sacks … helped Diamond Ranch to a 9-2 record in 2013 … Hacienda League MVP as a senior … First Team All-CIF South Division … also played tight end and running back during his prep career … voted the most valuable lineman at the 2013 Oakland Nike Football Camp … invited to Nike’s “The Opening” camp for elite players … Kammy on his decision to attend OSU – “Oregon State felt like home to me; loved the feeling. Nothing more to say than just that I'm very grateful for this opportunity and can't wait to be a Beaver” … also plays basketball … born in American Samoa … contemplating majoring in communications with a minor is psychology with the aspirations of becoming a motivational speaker … approximately 20 major college scholarship offers.
Yanni (pronounced Yah-nee) Demogerontes (pronounced De-moy-er-raunt-us) is ranked the 45th best prospect in Illinois … missed most of his senior season due to a broken ankle … started his entire junior season … was expected to also play on the defensive line his senior season if healthy … named to the 24-team Chicago All-Combine Team in the summer of 2013 at an event with over 800 players … from FOXSports/Scout.com national recruiting analyst Allen Trieu – “The Beavers came into Illinois and came out with a sleeper. He was little more under the radar, partly due to an ankle injury that ended his senior season. What I like about him is that he’s very quick, mobile, and has good feet. He’s definitely going to be a guy who can be asked to pull, trap and make blocks in space” … from Sandburg High School head coach Dave Wierzal – “He was elected a captain by his teammates mostly because he is a leader by example - whether in off-season training, summer camp, in season practice or on game day, he works hard to play at his highest potential and to help his teammates reach their potentials.”
Glyeb (pronounced Gleb) is rated the sixth-best prospect in Iowa, per Rivals … helped Waukon to the state title game … First Team All-District … was the team’s kicker, and earned District MVP at the position … Des Moines Register, Hampton Chronicle, Iowa City Press-Citizen and Clinton Herald First Team All-State … American Family Insurance USA Today All-Iowa First Team … participated in OSU’s summer camp … also participates in track … Gyleb on choosing OSU – “I had an instant bond with all of the coaches. From all the schools I had to pick, I knew that Oregon State was the right fit. I knew these coaches really know what they are doing and they can get me to the next level after college” … BeaverBlitz on Ewing – “He’s a raw athlete with dynamic skills on defense, and he punishes runners. He is also a strong student who will perform well in the classroom” … academic interests include marine biology and sports science … born in Ukraine, moving to the United States when he was four – returned to Europe following the second grade and attended a private school before returning to the USA prior to the seventh grade … follow him on Twitter at @glyebwardstudly.
Fitou (pronounced Fee-two) Fisiiahi (Fee-see-ahi) played running back and linebacker for Kaiser … rushed for 772 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior … led Kaiser to the state Division II title last December … American Family Insurance USA Today All-Hawai’i Team … member of the Tacoma News Tribune’s “Western 100” top recruits on the West Coast … standout rugby athlete … Kaiser head coach Rich Miano on Fisiiahi, courtesy of Rivals – “He is the toughest kid I have ever coached and he is the best prospect in Hawai’i this year.” … BeaverBlitz on Fisiiahi – “He’s an accomplished rugby player which explains why he has good hands and moves well for an athlete of his size.”
Datrin (pronounced Day-trin) is rated the No. 97 best prospect in Texas … among the Dallas Morning News’ top 100 players in the state … also played safety and returned kicks for the Mustangs … class 4A second team All-state and first team all-conference… 44 receptions for 1,058 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior; added another three scores via kick returns … excels as a sprinter in track … Guyton on his decision to attend OSU and his strengths as a player – “The family atmosphere that I felt on my visit impressed me and I’m excited to be a Beaver. I feel like I’m a good all-around player with good speed. Returning kicks is something I’m interested in college to go along with playing receiver” … contemplating majoring in education … Manor (pronounced Main-or) is located near Austin.
Led Fulton to back-to-back 4A state titles and to record-setting offensive performances … 2,329 all-purpose yards and 37 touchdowns during his senior year and was named the Offensive MVP of the 2013 Blue Cross Bowl … 4A Offensive Player of the Year … finalist for the Tennessee Titans’ Mr. Football Award … Tennessee Sports Writers Association First Team All-State receiver … also played defensive back for Fulton … 166 yards receiving and three touchdowns in the state quarterfinal playoff game … finished second in last year’s state 100 and 200 meters in track, and was the anchor of the 4x200 state championship relay team … Fulton head coach Rob Black on Xavier, courtesy of Rivals -- "He is one of the major heartbeats on this team. He does so many different things for us. He is one of the most explosive players I have ever coached. And on top of that, he works every day and tries to get better. He is never satisfied and is also very unselfish."
Kevin accounted for 2,597 all-purpose yards as a receiver, kick and punt returner at Bakersfield … scored 19 receiving touchdowns and 23 for his overall career … helped Bakersfield win the CIF-Division I title (first since 1927); the team ended the year ranked No. 21 in the country and No. 5 in the state of California … two-time All-Area wide receiver … sprinter on the track team and plays basketball … BeaverBlitz on Hayes – “Hayes is a long prospect with effortless movement, fantastic quickness, and good speed. He’ll get his first opportunity at cornerback, and if his frame fills out then he can also play free safety.”
Houston plans to study mechanical engineering … 3.6 cumulative GPA … rated the No. 62 defensive end in the country… Bay Area News Group All East Bay both ways, offensive/defensive line...Bay Area News Group Defensive Player of the Year … San Francisco Chronicle All-Metro First Team Defensive Line ... MaxPreps 2013 Northern California Defensive Player of the Year ... Cal-Hi Sports First Team California All-State defensive lineman ... MaxPreps 2013 Second Team All-American Defensive Team ... Student Sports 2013 Second Team All-American defensive lineman ... three-year starter … co-team captain as a senior … helped De La Salle to a 42-2 varsity record ... De La Salle won consecutive California State Championships in 2011 and 2012 … 59 tackles, including 14-for-loss as a senior … East Bay Athletic League MVP as a senior … standout in wrestling where as a sophomore he placed in the heavyweight division of the North Coast Section Championships … De La Salle head coach Justin Alumbaugh on Houston – “He's sort of the anchor of the team. He was always the hardest worker and always grinding in the weight room. That rubs off on the people around him” … Houston on his play courtesy of the Contra Costa Times – “I had to carry on the craziness, the intensity, the physicality," Houston said of his future teammate current Beaver DE Dylan Wynn (De La Salle grad). “Everything that Dylan started, I have to bring that to the table every game” … Houston on his decision to attend OSU – “I can't wait to win with Coach Riley and my new brothers at Oregon State. The academics and the football atmosphere are a perfect fit for me” … Wisconsin quarterback Bart Houston is his older brother … father, Guy, was a scholarship athlete in baseball and football at St. Mary’s College … his grandfather was a scholarship football athlete at Fresno State.
First Team all-league linebacker as a junior … second team all-state tight end … first team All-Southern Idaho Conference as a junior … one of the state’s top shot put athletes, finishing third in the state as a junior … caught 29 passes for 582 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior … plays forward on the basketball team … Knight on his decision to attend OSU, courtesy of the Idaho Statesman “I really like the town and then coach (Mike) Riley is just a great guy and a good coach. All their coaches on their coaching staff are great. They use the tight end a lot, and it was just a great fit” … BeaverBlitz on Knight – “Knight has a burst, moves effortlessly for a big man and generates strength in his lower body. He exudes toughness according to his coaches.”
Liuchan (pronounced Loo-CHEN) is rated the No. 43 outside linebacker in the country and the No. 53 best prospect in the state of California per Rivals … led Mission Hills to its first ever CIF Southern Section title as a senior and to the Division I Avocado Conference title in 2012 … rushed for 112 yards on 19 carries and had a 35-yard interception return in the 2013 title game … All-San Diego Section First Team as a junior and senior … one of only two juniors on the CIF Southern Section First Team on defense in 2012 … BeaverBlitz on Liuchan – “Liuchan is a relentless tackler and has the speed to play sideline to sideline. He also displays great leadership.”
Rated the No. 16 best dual-threat quarterback in the country by Rivals … threw for 6,136 yards and 71 touchdowns over his final two prep seasons … passed for 501 yards in a game his junior year … 3,477 yards and 43 touchdowns as a junior, going the first 11 games of his varsity career without an interception ... played in the West Coast Bowl in January, an all-star game for the nation’s top high school players … led Dinuba to the Division III Valley Conference title as a senior … comes from a prep program that runs a similar offense to OSU’s … MVP of the National Underclass Ultimate 100 West Regional in Los Angeles last summer … invited to attend last summer’s Top Prospect Elite Camp in Norman, Okla. ... McMaryion on his ability and decision to attend OSU, courtesy of The Oregonian -- "I'm definitely a threat with my legs if I have to. If a play's not open, I can extend a play” … on attending OSU – “I just got the vibe that's the place I could see myself the next four or five years” … Dinuba head coach Kevin Scharton on McMaryion’s, courtesy of the Fresno Bee -- "All throughout youth football, we knew he was a special player. He led most of his teams to championships and always had the ability to make all the throws. But you have to prove yourself (playing varsity). And once he started playing, he wrote his own book” … academic standout, sporting a 4.00 GPA at Dinuba.
Rated the No. 28 pro-style quarterback in the country and the No. 6 best prospect in Washington by Rivals … Seattle Times First Team All-Area … Associated Press Second Team All-State … KingCo Offensive Player of the Year … Tacoma News Tribune NW Nuggets team member … member of the 16-player Seattle Times “Red Chips” list … passed for 2,066 yards, 23 touchdowns and just three interceptions, completing 59 percent of his passes and also rushing for nine touchdowns as a senior ... team captain as a senior … threw for 2,329 yards, 33 touchdowns and six interceptions as a junior, and was named first-team All-KingCo Conference … Offensive Player of the Year in KingCo 3A … holds school records for season and career touchdown passes, completions, passing yards and total offense … competed in the Elite 11 Quarterback Camp at the San Francisco 49ers’ practice facility last May … his brother Josh Mitchell is an offensive lineman for the Beavers … his older brother, Taylor Mitchell, plays linebacker at Humboldt State … Nick on his decision to attend OSU, courtesy of the Snoqualmie Valley Record – “It seems like the perfect school to go to. It’s a great family atmosphere. They not only help you become a better player, but also a better man” … Mount Si head coach Charlie Kinnune on Nick, courtesy of The Oregonian -- "He has really good feet, great vision and balance, accuracy, timing, all those things. He'll really benefit from a redshirt year, learning from Sean (Mannion) and adding a little muscle” … follow him on Twitter at @ Nick_Mitchell03
Rated the No. 129 offensive tackle in the country per Scout … first team All-District as a senior … East Valley Tribune First Team selection … First Team All-Academic selection with over a 3.50 cumulative GPA … Hamilton was the state runner-up in 2013 and the state champions in 2012 … played tight end as a junior … lived in Oregon for one year … chose OSU because “I researched the school and football program and it was a place I want to be” … contemplating studying business … follow him on Twitter at @trentalones
As a senior, Nall rushed for 1,684 yards and 22 touchdowns … 6A Offensive Player of the Year … first team all-state linebacker and running back as a senior … led Central Catholic to its first state title in 60 years in December rushing for 196 rushing yards and three touchdowns to go along with four tackles and an interception … rushed 14 times for 332 yards and four touchdowns and added two catches for 46 yards in the 2013 state semifinal game, leading to being named the OregonLive.com and Oregon Sports Awards Player of the Month … CBSSports.com tabs him one of the “five steals” of this year’s national recruiting class … Mt. Hood Conference Second Team selection at running back as a junior … Central Catholic head coach Steve Pyne on Nall, courtesy of the Portland Tribune -- "Ryan played like a man amongst boys throughout the season and especially in the playoffs. He's a quiet leader and an extremely humble kid. Oregon State may have landed the best player in Oregon and one of the top players on the West Coast. He will do great at OSU” … also plays basketball at Central Catholic.
Eden Prairie went undefeated in 2013 and was ranked No. 47 in the country … First Team Lake Conference selection … selected to the 30-member Minnesota Vikings’ All-State High School Team, as voted on by the sportswriters and sportscasters in Minnesota … finalist for Mr. Football in Minnesota … Eden Prairie averaged 323 yards per game rushing last season … Robert attended camps at the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin … Randy Shaver of KARE TV in Minneapolis on Olson -- “Robert is just a beast at tackle for Eden Prairie. He is a nasty blocker, physical, aggressive and he is technically sound” … plays basketball … 4.00 cumulative GPA.
Rated the No. 5 prospect in Oregon per Rivals … 5A Honorable Mention All-State as a quarterback and first team All-Mid-Willamette League as a quarterback … career passing yards of 4,571 with 34 touchdowns on 225 of 447 completions … 1,243 career rushing yards … 6,676 total yards for his prep career … The Oregonian included Tanner in its “Ten Difference Makers” entering the 2013 prep football season … nominated for the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl … Tacoma News Tribune NW Nuggets Team member … Mid-Willamette League Baseball Player of the Year as a junior and first team all-state … also plays basketball … BeaverBlitz on Sanders – “Scouting services aren’t giving Sanders the credit he deserves at QB. His footwork and throwing motion are polished, and he has good vision partly because he can see over the line” … Sanders on his decision to attend OSU – “I chose OSU because of the people in the program; they are all high character and make you feel like part of the Beaver family. Also, I have been a Beaver fan my whole life so getting the offer was a huge deal for me and my family. It just seemed like the right fit for me to commit to Oregon State” …
... son of Scott Sanders, an OSU graduate who played linebacker and baseball for the Beavers and lettered 1986-89 … Scott is the head football coach at Crescent Valley High School in Corvallis.
Soesman (pronounced Sews-man) is rated the No. 50 safety in the country and the No. 61 best prospect in the State of California by Rivals … nominated for the Cal-Hi Sports All-State Team … first team all-league as a junior … competed in the Oakland Nike Camp last summer … one of the top 110-meter hurdlers in the state, winning the league title as a junior … also a sprinter and competes in the high jump, long jump and triple jump … helped Buchanan to the league track titles as a sophomore and junior … also plays basketball … BeaverBlitz on Soesman – “His speed and ability to cover a lot of field in a short amount of time makes him dangerous to opposing quarterbacks. His athletic ability will help continue to build depth at Oregon State in the safety/linebacker positions” … Soesman on his decision to attend OSU – “They were always one of my top schools I was considering. Then I took an unofficial (visit) over the summer and loved everything I saw, especially meeting the coaching staff. It just felt like the best fit. I sat down with coach (Rod) Perry when I was there and talked about different packages and he likes big physical safeties that can cover the field in the secondary and nickel" … Buchanan head coach Mike Jacot (Jay-cot) and two-year Beaver letterman (1996-97/FB) on Soesman – “I’m excited for Adam. He has picked a great institution to continue his education and has chosen one of the best coaches in the game to play for. He possesses all the physical tools to be one of the best at his craft. I’m looking forward to watching him play over the next four years.”
Ugwoegbu (pronounced oog-way-boo) lived in Nigeria until he was 9-years-old … 45 tackles, seven tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, eight pass breakups and two sacks as a senior … All-District First Team as a senior … 54 tackles and two fumble recoveries as a junior … Bright’s head coach is Lydell Wilson, who coached the Rodgers brothers at Lamar Consolidated … Wilson on Ugwoebu – “Bright is a hard-working, intelligent football player who has a huge ceiling. He’s very good in the box and a great leader. He is a very respectful young man and will represent the university well. His biggest strength is his leadership skills and work ethic. Coach Riley runs a great program and Bright will grow and flourish in his program. He will be a big asset to the Beaver program” … listed as one of the top 100 recruits in the region by the Houston Chronicle … one of the state’s top triple jumpers, winning District last year … Ugwoegbu on his decision to attend OSU – “I decided to attend Oregon State because of the great atmosphere; coach Riley really focuses on family and he really made me feel welcome and I felt like I was at home. It's also exactly what a college town should be! Everything was so close together and within reach just like I like it” … intends to study mechanical engineering … follow him on Twitter at @BrightUgwoegbu and on Instagram @BRIGHTU3
Vakameilalo (pronounced vah-kah-may-lah-loh) is rated the No. 1 prospect in the Hawai’i per Rivals … did not play football until high school … played defensive tackle and defensive end at Kapolei … participated in the All-Poly and Michigan Wolverines’ summer camps … First Team All-State … reported to have more than 10 offers from major programs … team captain as a junior … Baltimore Ravens’ defensive lineman Haloti Ngata is a cousin as is Arizona Cardinals offensive lineman Paul Fanaika … Vakameilalo on his decision to attend OSU – “I chose Oregon State because of the family atmosphere and no big city distractions. The campus is just beyond beautiful; reminds me of Hawai’i” … The Bleacher Report tabbed Vakameilalo “Oregon State’s most underrated recruit” and columnist Edwin Weathersby on him – “Vakameilalo has adequate quickness at the snap to powerfully engage with guards. He shows outstanding strength at the point of attack, plus he flashes the ability to anchor and make a mess at the line of scrimmage” … follow him on Twitter at @kvakameilalo
Dwayne helped Shoemaker to a 7-4 record last season, it’s best ever … two-year varsity letterman … District 8-5A Defensive Player of the Year … First Team All-State defensive back … 10 interceptions as a senior, returning one for a touchdown … also a kick and punt returner, and wide receiver … started playing football his freshman year … standout in track, earning a gold medal in the 800-meter Texas 5A State meet … owns the fastest 400-meter time in Shoemaker history at 50.09 and the fifth-fastest 200-meter time at 21.7 … Killeen Daily Herald Player of the Week after a late November game where he returned a punt for a touchdown and intercepted a pass … Shoemaker head coach Channon Hall on Williams, courtesy of the Killeen Daily Herald – "He did it all. When they threw it his way, he either knocked it down or picked it off. It’s an honor to play in the Pac-12 and be in a big conference. I think he’s going to do great things in that conference.”
Lamone (pronounced Lah-moan) is listed as the top prospect in Hawai’i at the beginning of the 2013 season … American Family Insurance USA Today All-Hawai’i Team … Kahuku head coach Reggie Torres on Lamone – “He’s a very humble person with a great work ethic and he’s very talented. He’s been a great role model for the younger kids in the program” … 3.50 cumulative GPA … Kahuku has produced several standout Beavers over recent years, including players Jeremy Perry and Al Afalava to name two … Williams on his decision to attend OSU – “One of the main reasons I wanted to attend OSU is it allows my family to support me if they ever want to come up and see me, but overall I’m just really excited to be a Beaver” … academic interests including the medical field.
Rated the No. 11 prospect in Oklahoma per Rivals … started his prep career as a running back … 15.5 sacks as a junior led Oklahoma’s 6A prep division … had 13 sacks as a senior … voted the best defensive lineman via fan vote by the Tulsa World … played defensive end at the start of his junior season before moving to linebacker in a formation change during the season … current Beaver linebacker Michael Doctor is a graduate of Booker T. Washington … BeaverBlitz on Willis – “they are receiving an athlete that disrupts the running game and applies pressure on passing downs; with the adoption of the nickel defense, that makes Willis’s skill set at LB even more enticing.”