So The Candy Report will up up tomorrow, but I had a few other thoughts that are not in there that I thought I would share:
1. Offensive line recruiting was really meager prior to the February 2012 class *
The 2009 class was great with Josh Andrews, Grant Enger, Michael Philipp, and John Braun (who ended up being a solid defensive tackle). Andrews, Enger, and Phillipp accounted for a lot of quality starts for OSU and had good to- solid careers for OSU. The real struggles came in 2010 and 2011. Roman Sapolu, who saw some solid playing time this year before getting injured, was the sole recruit in the 2010 class, and 2011 saw OSU land Justin Addie (injured his first two years), Akeem Gonzalez (now a defensive end) and Darryl Jackson (retired). So that is two scholarship players during two years that panned out for the offensive line.
Fast forward to 2012, and you have the class of Isaac Seumalo, Grant Bays, Garrett Weinreich, Gavin Andrews, and Josh Mitchell. Everyone, except Weinreich, is expected to start next season. However, Garrett has been injured and if he can come back healthy could be a dark horse.
The 2013 class consisted of Sean Harlow and Fred Lauina. Harlow is already a starter and looks primed to contribute a lot next season.
So far, Drew Clarkson, Yanni Demogerontas, and Trent Moore make up the 2014. While none of them have high star rating, many OSU insiders think that Clarkson could be a great fit. Also, and with the coaching change at UW, it looks like the Beavers might be in the driver’s seat for 4-star tackle Kaleb McGary, the second-ranked player in Washington.
If the Beavers are able to secure McGary, this class will also have some high-quality players. Just as Stanford has taken on the identity of an offensive-line juggernaut, Oregon State is poised to have some of the best athletes they have had taking the field in the trenches during the next two or three seasons.
*All recruit information pulled from www.beaverblitz.com
2. Pro Style Offense
There has been a lot of talk about the pro-style offense and its antiquated approach. While there are ways of improving it, one thing that it offers in this day and age, is diversity. All offenses are based on core concepts as old as the game. Blocking, tackling, and forcing teams to defend against the unknown and separation from your opponent.
In 2005, the ducks were a crazy new offense that was so hard to defend because you had to change how you defended every other week to fit that one odd example. Today, OSU will play up to eight teams with a spread option/up-tempo offense every year (ducks, Arizona, ASU, Colorado, Utah, Cal, WSU, and UW). Only Stanford, USC, UCLA, and OSU run a pro-style offense. If Sark implements the up-tempo offense he used at UW at USC, that would lower that to three programs.This could be a pretty big deal to OSU if USC starts competing with Arizona, ASU, and the ducks for the top spread option QB’s, while OSU is just competing with Stanford and UCLA for the best pocket passers.