Oregon football early signing day preview: The Beavers’ successful season is the best recruiting class in years

The Oregon State Beavers’ highly successful football season has resulted in a strong recruiting class.

The Beavers posted their best record (10-3) since the historic 2000 season in which they finished 11-1. They finished the season with an emphatic 30-3 victory over the Florida Gators in the Las Vegas Bowl.

Those are the numbers that helped produce the Beavers’ best recruiting class since 2019 as early signing day approaches. The three-day signing period begins on Wednesday and the Beavers are expected to sign a host of talented players.

One of the Beavers’ top commitments is quarterback Aidan Chiles from Downey High School in Downey, California. A dual-threat quarterback, Chiles is ranked among the top 20 quarterbacks in the country.

The 6-foot-4, 195-pound Chiles threw for 3,350 yards with 38 touchdown passes and five interceptions while completing 73% of his passes in 2022. He also ran for 940 yards and four touchdowns. He reportedly received offers from Oregon, Washington, Washington and Hawaii states.

The Beavers are also expected to sign Kelze Howard, a 6-foot-4, 250-pound defensive lineman from Spring Valley High School in Las Vegas.

Howard, ranked as the No. 2 player in the state by 247Sports.com, led the team with 12 sacks and tied the team lead with 64 total tackles through the 2022 season. He added two forced fumbles. Howard selected the Beavers over reported offers from Oregon, Utah, USC, and Michigan, among others.

The Beavers hope rushing Nico Taylor can be a defensive powerhouse in 2023. The 6-foot-6, 245-pound Taylor was out of Hutchinson Community College in Kansas. Ranked as one of the top junior college rushers in the country, Taylor recorded a team-leading 15.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks while recording 43 total tackles in 2022. He was being chased by Kansas State and San Diego State.

Monreal Hatton, a wide receiver from Texas’ Carthage High School, is expected to be signed on Wednesday.

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Hatten caught 26 passes for 418 yards and seven touchdowns while helping the Bulldogs finish a perfect season (16-0) by winning the Class 4A state title game in 2022.

The Beavers enjoyed a successful season, but some of their fans wonder what it might have been if they had a more consistent performance from the quarterback position. The Beavers hope to improve the situation, and can look at the transfer gate.

Oregon State football class of 2023

(19 commitments as of Tuesday)

Leonard Ah Yu, 3-star LB, Kahuku, Hawaii

Jacob Anderson, 3-star OL, Billings, Montana

Zachary Card, 2-star WR, Pittsburgh, CA

Aidan Chiles, 4-star QB, Downey, Calif

Isaiah Chisom, 3-star LB, West Hills, Calif

Thomas Collins, DT 3 stars, Uppsala, Sweden

Xander Estey, Two Stars OL, Auburn, CA

Montreal Hittin, 3-star WR, Carthage, TX

Harlem Howard, DB 3 stars, Pompano Beach, Florida

Kelsey Howard, D 3 stars, Las Vegas

Cooper Jensen, 3-star, TE, Snohomish, WA

Abraham Johnson, 3-star DT, Salt Lake City

Andre Jordan, DB 3 stars, Federal Way, Washington

Jermaud McCoy, Two Stars ATH, Whitehouse, TX

Let Redux, WR 3 Stars, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Zekeh Sayez, D 3 stars, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Nico Taylor, DE 3 stars, Hutchinson, KS

Dorian Thomas, 2 stars, TE, Kent, Washington

David Wells, 2-star WR, Lakewood, WA

Jeffrey C Arnold

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