Oregon State continues our 12-part series where we are ranking the best recruits to sign with each Pac-12 school since the advent of serious recruiting coverage on the Internet (2002 serving as the furthest year back that you can find rankings for players online). Our rankings are put together by combining players' rankings from recruiting sites, offers and the amount of hype that surrounded their singings.
Please note that these are taking only into account how highly-rated players were coming out of high school, not their college careers. So please, no angry, insult-laden comments about how only a child murderer wouldn't realize that LaMichael James (Or any player who had a great college career, but was an under-the-radar recruit) should be number three on the list.
1. Isaac Seumalo Class of 2012 G Corvallis, OR
It shouldn't have been surprising that Seumalo was one of the best offensive linemen to ever come out of the state of Oregon and the top guard in the Class of 2012 since his dad Joe Seumalo, was a veteran offensive line coach at Oregon State. The Beavers scored huge with Joe on their staff and were able to keep Seumalo away from a bevy of elite programs, including USC. Seumalo immediately became the Beavers' starting center in 2012 as a true freshman and looks like a future star.
2. Michael Philipp Class of 2009 G San Bernadino, CA - Arroyo Valley
Philipp was one of the top linemen in the Class of 2009 and an athletic road grater that was very adept at opening up holes for runners. Philipp was recruited hard by a number of top Pac-10 schools and chose the Beavers in a bit of a surprise decision as Stanford, UCLA, Oregon and Cal went hard after him. Philipp looked like a star in the making as a freshman starter and has battled injuries, but has high expectations going into his senior season.
3. Jacquizz Rodgers Class of 2008 RB Rosenberg, TX - Lamar
Rodgers was a small, powerful back who was a star in Texas and the younger brother of James Rodgers, who was already on the Beavers at the time. The Beavers got a huge advantage with James already on the roster and were able to pluck Rodgers out of Texas, a huge feat for a school in the Northwest. Rodgers became a standout from day one at Oregon State and went on to become one of the best running backs in the country and then went onto the NFL.
4. David Ross Class of 2007 CB Compton, CA - Dominguez
Ross was one of the best cornerbacks out West in 2007 as a good coverage guy with great instincts from college football factory Dominguez. The Beavers beat out Nebraska, Colorado and Arizona State for Ross' signature in what was a very big recruiting victory for them. Ross was never able to make an impact as a Beaver though and ended up transferring to Portland State.
5. Joe Newton Class of 2002 TE Roseburg, OR
At 6'7 240, Newton had a body that was built to excel at tight end in college and combined with great athleticism, it made him one of the top tight end recruits in the nation in 2002. The Beavers ended up winning a big Northwest battle for Newton over Oregon and Washington. Newton had a great career at Oregon State and was All-Pac-10 before heading to the NFL.
6. Gabe Miller Class of 2006 LB Lake Oswego, OR
Miller was an athletic, rangy athlete that was a projected star at outside linebacker and defensive end and was a leader for powerhouse Lake Oswego and could have been projected as a tight end too. Miller was another guy who the Beavers battled a number of other good Pac-12 programs for and won, including Oregon, Cal and Colorado. Miller started out as a tight end but then moved to defensive end later in his career and excelled and ended up being drafted in the fifth round as a tight end by the Chiefs.
7. Reggie Dunn Class of 2007 WR Los Angeles, CA - Verbum Dei
Dunn was an undersized athlete that could absolutely fly and make plays down the field as he ran a 4.3 40. The Beavers had to fight Oregon, Arizona and Arizona State for Dunn's signature, but ended up winning out and getting one of the top-rated players they have ever pulled from LA. Unfortunately for the Beavers, Dunn didn't end up qualify, went to a junior college and then ended up at Utah where he became an incredible return man.
8. Dylan Wynn Class of 2011 DE Concord, CA - De La Salle
A high-motor prospect that was a little undersized, but made up for it with effort and explosion, Wynn was rated as a four-star prospect by Scout. The Beavers were able to win Wynn over some solid non-Pac-12 schools like Oklahoma State and Kansas State and was the best recruit in their 2011 class. Wynn has started to emerge as a solid player up front for the Beavers and is expected to be a starter again in 2013.
9. Dashon Hunt Class of 2013 CB Westlake Village, CA - Westlake
Hunt was part of a really great defensive back crop in Southern California in 2013 and though he is undersized, he drew massive attention for his speed, instincts and pure football skills. He committed to UCLA early, but opened things up and ended up choosing the Beavers over schools like Nebraska, Washington and Boise State.
10. Lance Mithcell Class of 2007 S Pasadena, CA - Muir
Mitchell wasn't the fastest guy but was a huge hitter and a pure football player that was ranked as a four-star prospect by Scout. The Beavers pulled him away from other Pac-10 schools and he was one of the highest-rated defensive backs to sign with Oregon State at the time. Mitchell ended up having a great career at safety with the Beavers and graduated as one of the best Beaver defensive backs in recent history.
Cameron Collins Class of 2007 S Santa Monica, CA
Lamar Herron Class of 2004 S Sacramento, CA - Natomas
Ruben Jackson Class of 2005 WR San Francisco, CA - San Francisco Junior College
Simi Kuli Class of 2008 DE Torrance, CA - El Camino Junior College
Brandon Lockheart Class of 2002 T Santa Monica, CA - Santa Monica Junior College