Lots of visitors, few spots

BYRON MOORE

OREGON STATE REPORTEDLY has about four spots left to fill in the 2011 recruiting class. But they're expected to host double digit prospects this weekend, one of the few remaining official visit weekends before Signing Day.

Mike Riley told the Gazette Times recently his estimate was to take an additional four more recruits leading up to LOI Day on Feb. 2, but that number remains fluid.

"We are getting tight right now, but it will all work out," Riley said. "We are still recruiting. We are limited with our numbers. We don't know what that final number (of recruits) will be - maybe four more."

The Beavs have 22 known commits (including holdover Josh Williams) which would put them over the limit of 85 scholarship players. Oregon State generally oversigns in order to compensate should some players do not qualify academically and to grayshirt (delay enrollment) others until the following January.

In a big official visit weekend like the one upcoming, there are generally some players already committed, and there can also be a few players the staff is looking at as another option -- a player who could earn an OSU full ride depending on how other situations shake out. At this stage, there can even be some official visitors OSU is pegging as preferred walk-ons.

There are, of course, also those big name targets.

Some of those for whom OSU hopes this weekend in Corvallis will make the difference, include Byron Moore, Todd Peat, Marvin Hall, Akeem Gonzales and Earl Foster.

Moore told Scout.com recently he was "down to Oregon State, Miami and Tennessee." Named junior college All-America this past season, he's a potential difference maker.

Peat has for a long time appeared to be Arizona State's to lose and a recent espn report said he was favoring ASU and Stanford. His final four include OSU, ASU, Stanford and Nebraska. The Beavs appear to have their work cut out for him. It would be a plus for the Beavs if Peat's parents are able to make the trip this weekend as well -- parents, like prospects, are blown away by the Corvallis official visit experience.

Hall told Scout.com a couple weeks ago he planned on waiting until Signing Day to announce, with his two January visits slated for OSU and Washington. Recruits can sometimes change their mind and move up their decision following a great visit, but this one appears at the moment to be a decision that will go on for a while.

Gonzales, like Hall, is scheduled to take an official visit the last weekend of the recruiting year, on Jan. 28, with Gonzales tripping to Nebraska. Whether his best position is on the o-line or defense at the next level has yet to be determined, but he packs a good deal of athleticism into his 6-4, 250 pound frame.

Foster is a longtime verbal commitment to Houston. Out of Lamar High in Houston, Scout.com says Foster has great speed, is solid in pass coverage and is particularly adept against the run -- where he does not hesitate, flies into the fray and can chase down the best of them from behind.

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