February 9, 2011
Scouting Reports: a look at the LB's & DB's
While the class was loaded with defensive linemen, the Beavers also addressed some concerns at linebacker and defensive back by recruiting solid athletes who could play several positions. In fact Rusty Fernando and Jaswha James were both recruited as defensive ends but are expected to give linebacker a try first. Jabral Johnson is the one true linebacker that was recruited this year and he could be one of the big surprises of the class.
The Beavers weren't in a dire need to sign a defensive back, although they were in the market and it came down to the wire with blue chip players such as Stefan McClure and Byron Moore. Athlete Larry Scott will most likely get his first look at cornerback when he suits up in Corvallis.
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.
OREGON STATE 2011 RECRUITING CLASS - LINEBACKERS/DEFENSIVE BACKS
RUSTY FERNANDO • LB • 6-3 • 223 • 4.6 • 5.6 • Glendale, AZ
On the Hoof: Fernando is hard to get a feel for, at least when it comes to where he will play. He played defensive end for his JC team, but he has the speed to play outside linebacker. On the other hand though he lacks the size to be an every down defensive end.
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