The 2018 Oregon State Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the relative strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Oregon State Recruiting Class Overview
With almost no time to work, Jonathan Smith has done a decent job so far. Oregon State isn’t going to get the superstar prospect, but it’s bringing in several good parts to help try turning things around in a hurry.
JUCO transfer Jack Colletto helped the quarterback situation in case things aren’t working out with the current options, but Jake Dukart is the bomber for the future.
The defensive tackles are being brought in to add a little bit of depth early on, and there’s versatility for several spots to see what the coaching staff can do with the parts – there’s work to be done.
Smith was able to do a nice job putting together a deeper class after the Early Signing Day, but more offensive playmakers are needed next year.
The Oregon State Class Is Heavy On …
This might be part of the versatility. The Beavers have three interesting tight ends who can all play on the offensive side, but have the frames to beef up a little more and potentially be tried out in other places.
Isaiah Smalls out of Los Angeles is the best prospect of the group, with wide receiver-like skills in a 6-3, 225-pound frame. He’s tough enough to push around any defensive back – he can block, too – and could fit an H-back role.
The Star of the Oregon State Class Is …
QB Jake Dukart, 6-3, 180
There are better prospects and more talented players in the class, but if Oregon State is going to get good at this whole football thing again, it’s going to need a passer like Dukart to get the team there.
He’s got the touch on the midrange passes, and he can drive the ball well, too. Don’t expect a lot of running, but he’ll wing the ball around the yard.
The Oregon State Biggest 2018 Depth Chart Hole Is …
Ryan Nall leaving early for the NFL takes away the most consistent offensive threat for the Beavers, but Thomas Tyler and Trevorris Johnson are gone, too. In all, 17 of the 18 rushing touchdowns from last year have to be replaced.
5-11, 190-pound Jermar Jefferson out of Los Angeles is a slippery-smooth runner who was wanted by several Pac-12 schools and many from the Mountain West. He might not be a workhorse, but he can be the type of playmaker the offense needs right away.