February 9, 2010

Scouting Report: the defensive line

In 2009 the Beavers stocked up on offensive linemen, in 2010 the need was on
the defensive front and the Beavers did a good job of identifying and recruiting
some top calibur players. In Thomas Molesi, the Beavers landed a prospect who
could come in and compete right away at tackle. Oakland Tech tackle Fred Thompson
is another player who the Beavers targeted early and could make a big impact
down the road.

The lone junior college transfer is Mission Viejo (Calif.) Saddleback College
defensive end Dominic Glover. The Beavers recruited Glover out of high school,
but he played at Oregon before an injury sidelined him. Now healthy, Glover
looks to make his return to the PAC 10 as a Beaver.

Tacoma (Wash.) Foss defensive end Scott Crichton's recruitment flew a little
under the radar, however the Beavers saw him early at their camp in June 2009
and offered him on the spot. Crichton is an explosive athlete who has the speed
and athleticism to fit into Coach Seumalo's scheme.

The Beavers also landed a talented defensive tackle who looks to greyshirt and enter the fray in January 2011 in Mana Tuivailala. Academics probably kept Tuivailala off the charts, but he is doing well in the classroom and is expected to qualify by winter.

The BeaverBlitz Scouting Reports are based on the experience we've had
at the Nike and College Camps in addition to first hand accounts from high school
and junior college coaches that have worked with these players. We take into
consideration information from the player, the physical attributes of each athlete,
and information from other evaluators. We have taken the time to do film evaluation
of each recruit. We've also tracked many of the in-state athletes through out
their high school careers. The following comments are strictly our observations
and opinions and do not reflect those of the Oregon State coaching staff.

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