After a horrendous 3-9 finish in 2011, Mike Riley‘s Oregon State Beavers did a complete 360 in 2012, finishing 9-4 overall and ending the season with a heartbreaking 31-27 loss to the Texas Longhorns at the Alamo Bowl — a game that was within their grasp for the entire 60 minutes.
This turnaround and the praise heaped upon Mike Riley for helping to make it happen appears to have paid significant dividends on the recruiting trail, as the Beavers have earned what is arguably the best recruiting class in the history of the program among its 2013 commits.
Rivals, a well-respected recruiting website, ranked the Beavers as the 36th best recruiting class in the country overall, with one four-star player — California-born defensive back Dashon Hunt — and a host of three-star players that rounded out the class with totaled 25 young men.
One of the most interesting facets of the class is that none of the players are from Oregon — and instead Mike Riley is making some solid in-roads in two talent-rich states which any Division I coach absolutely must have a presence in — California and Texas. Of the 25 commits for 2013, 15 are from California, and another four are from the Lone Star State. The class was heavy on the defensive side of the ball — with 17 of the 25 commits coming on defense — something that bodes well for depth on the defensive unit in coming seasons, and something which is absolutely essential in the offense-first Pac 12.
In the 24 three-star commits, you’re certain to have some guys that could have just as easily been four-star, but very few that would actually be considered two-star by another site. In other words, this is a high quality class for Mike Riley who should have a few guys emerge and make an instant impact in 2013.
The type of impact that could help the Beavers to be right in the mix for a Pac 12 Conference championship.