With this class progressing at a record pace (12 players committed before Fall Camp) I thought I would take a moment to look at the different position groups and break down how many I think they need total this cycle, how many we have, what I think of those and then who the most likely players to fill out the class are. Whew!
I will start with my most familiar group, since everyone else gets a little dicey after them in terms of my knowledge and how much stock you should put in what I say.
2017 Class Needs: 5 (6 with a JC player)
Current Commits: 2/5
Who we have:
- Fabian Kratz: Fabian is a pretty amazing story. Born in Germany, Kratz was an exchange student in Napperville, IL at Naperville Central (same area that former Beaver Timi Oshinowo came from) and played on their playoff team in the top division of Illinois football. Because of his relative obscurity, he was an under the radar player that was seeing his recruitment amp up quite a bit. He is now home in Germany and will be coming back to play football in Connecticut. As teams get more desperate, the feeling they can poach one from us will in crease, so his recruitment will be a dog fight. He is a big (6’5″, 287lb), strong, athletic player who has great pass blocking technique and plays very aggressively.
- Brock Wellsfry: Another big, strong kid, 6’5″ and 290lb Brock Wellsfry will be coming to Oregon State from Richland, WA (Tri-Cities area). Wellsfry has had a Beaver offer for a while and while his recruitment has been heating up, he chose to pull the trigger for the Beavers. Brock is a very intelligent student who chose Oregon State as much for the opportunities of the school as for the glory of the gridiron. Brock is a hard working, tough nosed player that has worked very hard to get the best opportunity available. Fortunately for the Beavers, that was in Corvallis.
Most likely to be a Beaver?:
- Jaxon Kirkland: The Jesuit (Portland, OR) product fits the bill of what Coach Woods is looking for (6’7″, 300lbs), and has stated recently that his four leaders are his four Pac-12 offers (Oregon State, UCLA, Washington State and Cal). UCLA appears to have a slight edge but that is not necessarily the end story. His father is a UW alumnus and should the Huskies offer, they would probably be seen as the favorite. Jaxon is one of the top targets on the Beaver’s list, so look for them to keep swinging until February. Jaxon is a 5.6 rated 3 star athlete according to Rivals.
- Onesimus Lutu-Clarke: The 6’5″, 290 pound tackle from Wai’anae Hawaii is more than a handful for the defense. The super aggressive Lutu-Clarke has huge upside and a ton of strength to go with his massive frame. His recruitment should explode in the next few months, but the fact that the Beavers got in early should be a benefit for them. Onesimus is a punishing blocker who is raw, but has the tools to be a very good player. Lutu_Clarke is not rated by most services, but he has offers from Oregon State, BYU, Utah and Hawaii.
- Travis Mackay: Another Oregon product, Central Catholic’s (Portland, OR) Travis Mackay is a clone size wise of the previous players. 6’5″ and 277 pounds, Mackay is a big body that has been working hard to add weight while maintain his quickness and athleticism. He has an offer from Cal as well, and is hoping that his Senior film will get him some attention from more Pac-12 schools. He is currently an unrated athlete on most services but has offers from Nevada and Cal in addition to his Oregon State one.
Other names to look out for:
- Jordan Agasiva – Mililana, HI
- Morris Anatua – Kapaa, HI