Six players signed with OSU last Wednesday, which marked the first day mid-year transfers could sign with their new schools. And with the Beavers needing a serious infusion of talent, their signings were welcome news. Here’s several thoughts about the class.
SURPRISE! Defensive lineman Phillip Napoleon and offensive lineman Gus Lavaka were pleasant additions because I am not sure anyone saw them signing with the Beavers. Both of them bring a lot of size as they are both listed as taller tan 6-3 and weighing more than 285 pounds. With defensive line being an area of need, expect Napolean to push for time this season. Lavaka is returning from a mission, so he might be more of a project, but you can teach 6-5, 350 pounds!
Getting a jump start. Two of the Beavers’ signees, quarterback Mason Moran and linebacker Shemar Smith, are planning to finish high school early and arrive for spring ball. This is huge, not just for their development, but for the OSU’s depth. With Nick Mitchell transferring, Moran will help with OSU’s depleted QB situation. Smith is promising addition to young group of linebackers, that also has lost some players — due to graduation and position switches. Moran, especially will benefit from enrolling early, as it sets him up to definitely be a favorite in 2017.
Where do they fit? Kyle White (RB) and Timmy Hernandez (WR) I am sure are fine players. But I am wondering how much of an impact they will make for the Beavers, due to depth at their positions. In the case of White, why bring him in if Tim Cook is as good as advertised? Barring transfers, the Beavers also return Chris Brown, Damien Haskins, and Deltron Sands to the mix. And receiver-wise, all three of OSU’s starters are back. Is Martinez strong enough to push them?
Not all roses. Losing Markell Simmons to TCU was a blow, as he would’ve provided help in the secondary. And with Kalani Sitake taking the BYU job, it seems like OSU’s once promising shot to land coveted 4-star DT Handsome Tanielu is gone. Tanielu would’ve easily been the cornerstone of this class, and perhaps the Beavers’ entire recruiting class. Replacing Kyle Peko was already a tall task, and DTs don’t grow on trees.
All in all, the Beavers inked a solid class that should be able to help them now and later on… If I was betting man, Napoleon will make the biggest impact right away. Looking ahead, again I can’t stress how huge it is for Moran to be here this spring. What did you think of the Beavers’ mid-year signing class?
Go Beavs! And Merry Christmas to you and your families!0