THE OFFICIAL ROSTER for Oregon State now lists members of the incoming recruiting class along with the veterans. But a recent ESPN report on one of those players, Simi Kuli, has had cyberspace buzzing on a) if the report was accurate and b) when he might arrive in Corvallis. Answers and context are within. Plus, what's it look like on Anthony Siilata and the rest of the class?
Simi Kuli does still have work to do academically and the ESPN report, here, was basically on point according to a source at Oregon State reached Wednesday morning with knowledge of the situation.
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There exists a key need for Kuli up front this season at Oregon State so his arrivial sooner, obviously, would be better than later. But when Kuli will actually touch down in Corvallis is pending -- it could be August 1, the first day of fall camp, but it could also be later. And the longer it goes, the more time a player, even a gifted one such as Kuli, would need to catch up.
There is, however, a high level of optimism in Corvallis that Kuli will make it to OSU, that it's just a matter of "when", and not "if".
Still, Kuli was expected to compete immediately for a starting position on the Oregon State defensive line in fall camp. An extended absence to begin the camp would, naturally, impact those plans the longer it goes.
Could it wind up that Kuli, a 5-star incoming junior, redshirts? Sure, it's possible, but that would also require getting very far ahead of one's self, while assuming circumstances that have not yet occurred and wouldn't for some time.
Anthony Siilata is not expected to be at Oregon State for camp, and his arrival date in Corvallis is to be determined. The offensive guard out of Kahuku, Hawaii, could be a grayshirt, but it's also too early to tell at this point.
Meanwhile, the news on the rest of the incoming class nothing but roses -- there can always be surprises as longtime watchers of college football have borne witness to over the years -- but Kuli looks to be the only real question mark for the incoming group, with the remainder all expected to buckle up the chinstrap on Aug. 1.
Three players in the class enrolled earlier this year -- Stephen Paea, Ryan Katz and Jeremy Francis all participated in the spring session.
Seven grayshirts also joined the program early and in time to participate in spring ball -- defensive linemen Jesse Fifita, Taylor Henry and Castro Masaniai (Mah-sahn-ee-I), defensive backs Josh LaGrone and Anthony Watkins, tight end Colby Prince and o-lineman Rory Ross.