CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Dashon Hunt kept the Oregon State Beavers hanging.
The four-star cornerback from Westlake Village, Calif., long ago gave his verbal commitment to the Beavers, but on Wednesday he didn't send in his letter of intent until early afternoon.
Hunt, who got offers from numerous schools, including Nebraska, UCLA, and Washington, had 32 tackles, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries as a senior as Westlake High School. He also ran for 404 yards and five touchdowns as a running back.
Hunt was the highest-ranked player in Oregon State's 2013 recruiting class, but the Beavers and coach Mike Riley are known for finding overlooked talent. Brothers Jacquizz and James Rodgers weren't highly recruited, nor was Jordan Poyer, who finished his college career this past season as one of the most decorated cornerbacks in the school's history.
2013 OREGON STATE FOOTBALL SIGNEES
HIGH SCHOOL SIGNEES
Player Pos HT WT Hometown (High School)
Brandon Arnold S 6-0 183 Winnetka, Calif. (Crespi)
Victor Bolden WR 5-9 165 Etiwanda, Calif. (Los Osos)
Titus Failauga DE 6-4 240 Waipahu, Hawai’i (Pac-Five)
Michael Greer LB 6-2 193 Palm Springs, Calif. (Palm Springs)
Sean Harlow OL 6-5 275 San Clemente, Calif. (San Clemente)
Damien Haskins RB 5-9 213 New Boston, Texas (New Boston)
Manase Hungalu LB 6-2 225 Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i (Kealakehe)
Dashon Hunt CB 5-10 175 Westlake, Calif. (Westlake)
Hunter Jarmon WR 6-0 190 Waco, Texas (Midway)
Walter Jones WR 6-1 173 Redlands, Calif. (Redlands)
Kyle Kempt QB 6-5 200 Massillon, Ohio (Washington)
Fred Lauina OL/DL 6-3 270 Pago Pago, America Samoa (Tafuna)
Corey Lawrence ATH 6-1 175 Del City, Okla. (Del City)
Lawrence Mattison RB 6-1 225 Spring Branch, Texas (Smithson Valley)
Charles Okonkwo CB 6-1 180 Fontana, Calif. (Summit)
Terin Solomon LB 6-2 195 Murrieta, Calif. (Murrieta Valley)
Darrell Songy LB 6-1 220 Austin, Texas (John B. Connolly)
Justin Strong S 5-11 189 Rialto, Calif. (Summit)
Jordan Villamin WR 6-5 205 Fontana, Calif. (Etiwanda)
JUNIOR/COMMUNITY COLLEGE SIGNEES
Player Pos HT WT Hometown (High School/JC)
Edwin Delva DT 6-3 290 Miami, Fla. (North Miami Beach HS/Antelope Valley)
Siale Hautau DT 6-0 315 Ephraim, Utah (Skyline/Snow)
Steven Nelson CB 6-0 185 Warner Robins, Ga. (Northside/College of Sequoias)
Kyle Peko DT 6-2 295 La Habra, Calif. (La Habra/Cerritos CC)
Lyndon Tulimasealii DE 6-4 270 Anchorage, Alaska (W. Anchorage/College of the Desert)
JUNIOR COLLEGE RECRUITS
Edwin Delva, DT, 6-3, 290, Miami, Fla. (North Miami Beach HS/Antelope Valley)
JC Athletic Bureau First Team All-America … signed with OSU Christmas Day during the JC early signing period … three years to play two seasons … did not play the 2010 football season … Rivals lists Edwin as the No. 26 junior college prospect in the nation … 37 tackles, including 12 for loss and 3.5 sacks as a sophomore … 29 tackles, nine for loss with three sacks as a freshman … highly recruited … from Beaver head coach Mike Riley -- “Edwin will make an impact on this team. He’s an important piece of the puzzle at defensive tackle where we lost a pair of starters off the 2012 team. We are very excited to welcome him to Beaver Nation.”
Siale Hautau, DT, 6-0, 315, Ephraim, Utah (Skyline/Snow)
Siale Hautau (see-ALL-a HOW-tau) had 20 tackles, including seven tackles-for-loss and three sacks in seven games in 2012 … 5A First Team All-State as a senior at Skyline and helped the team to a state title … rated the No. 65 junior college defensive tackle by Rivals … threw the shot put at Skyline … embarked on a two-year LDS Mission to Guatemala prior to his arrival at Snow … from OSU head coach Mike Riley – “Siale will have an immediate opportunity to impact our team with the losses of Castro Masaniai and Andrew Seumalo.
Steven Nelson, CB, 6-0, 185, Warner Robins, Ga. (Northside/College of Sequoias)
Nelson had 71 tackles, 19 pass breakups and six interceptions for his two-year career at the College of the Sequoias … is enrolled at OSU and currently attending classes … three years to play two seasons at OSU … 247Sports four-star recruit and rated the second best junior college cornerback … double digit scholarship offers … an All-Middle Georgia selection at Northside as a returner as a senior after returning five punts for touchdowns … all-region defensive back honors and as a senior he made 30 tackles and six interceptions … selected to play in the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association North/South All-Star Classic … Beaver head coach on Mike Riley on Nelson – “Steven is an outstanding corner who we have had our eye on for quite some time. He is a talented player who will step into our program and compete immediately.”
Kyle Peko, DT, 6-2, 295, La Habra, Calif. (La Habra/Cerritos CC)
Kyle has three years to play two seasons … Rivals lists Kyle as the No. 52 top junior college prospect in the nation … made 46 tackles, including 11.5 tackles-for-loss and three sacks as a sophomore, and 39 tackles, including eight quarterback sacks as a freshman at Cerritos … a two-time All-CIF and First Team All-Freeway League selection at La Habra … earned the league’s Lineman of the Year two years in a row… was a three-time All-Area selection and the team won the CIF Championship his sophomore year … named the team’s Rookie of the Year as a sophomore… is the cousin of eighth-year defensive tackle Damato Peko of the Cincinnati Bengals and Tupe Peko, who played for the Atlanta Falcons and Indianapolis Colts … Peko on his commitment courtesy of Rivals – “I felt at home and I felt comfortable with all the coaches at Oregon State. I actually told the coaches I was going to commit when I was on my visit, but I had to come home and talk to my parents about it before I did it.”
Lyndon Tulimasealii, DE, 6-4, 270, Anchorage, Alaska (W. Anchorage/College of the Desert)
Tulimasealii (pronounced two-lee-ma-se-A-lee-E) has three years to play two seasons … 38 tackles, including 4.5 for loss last season … 21 tackles as a freshman … 2010 state of Alaska Prep Defensive Player of the Year … nominated for the Army All-American Bowl following his senior season … born in American Samoa, moving to Hawai’i and then Alaska in the first grade … played in the first ever Tanoa Bowl in 2011, an all-star game in Washington for Polynesian players … threw the shot put and discus in high school and ranks among the top five in both for school records … from ESPN regarding Lyndon – “Tulimasealii is a high-motor, blue collar end who is likely best suited for the tackle position. He is a big, strong player at the point of attack. He can be explosive on the snap and can be very disruptive and productive because he can get going so quickly. He has good lateral movement and can work along the line of scrimmage and shed off blocks.”
HIGH SCHOOL RECRUITS
Brandon Arnold, S, 6-0, 183, Winnetka, Calif. (Crespi)
Rivals lists Brandon as the No. 58 prospect in California and the No. 39 safety in the nation … PrepStar All-American … Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 member … Scout West 150 member … same high school as current Beaver wide receiver Kevin Cummings … 54 tackles, two interceptions and four fumble recoveries as a senior … 49 tackles and six interceptions as a junior … highly recruited by several programs in the west … Crespi was 8-2 last season and ranked No. 19 in California … Pac-5 second team selections as a junior and senior, and first team all-area on defense … school record 97-yard interception return for a touchdown … Arnold on his decision, courtesy of Rivals -- "It is a real good school and the stadium was live (Arizona State game). The fans were just amazing and I just fell in love with it. It is 100% a college football school and town. I feel like I really fit into their defense, especially with all of the dime packages that they run. I play downhill and my strength is reading the tackles, guards and tight ends to determine whether I go downhill or not. I also feel that a strength is my ability to read quarterbacks” … from Crespi head coach John Mack – “He’s an athlete. He can run and cover, but his biggest thing is his ability to stop the run. Brandon is very physical. He would do things defensive backs couldn’t do. He’s a great weight room guy. He’s very unselfish and will do whatever the coaches ask of him.”
Victor Bolden, WR, 5-9, 165, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. (Los Osos)
All-CIF Southern Section Inland Division and all-league as a “utility” player … accounted for 1,236 yards (rushing and receiving) as a senior with 13 touchdowns … All-San Bernardino County as a receiver … All-Inland Empire and voted the fastest player in the region … PrepStar All-West Region … holds the school record with 109 receptions … also played running back, where he lined up in the “wildcat” formation, and defensive back … three-year letterman … Baseline League Utility Player of the Year … team MVP as a senior and selected the football team’s scholar athlete with a 3.60 cumulative GPA … nominated for CIF/Farmers Scholar Athlete of the Year (selected in May) … among the best hurdlers in track in the state of California; two-time Baseline League 300-meter hurdle champion and is the current school record holder in the event at with a time of 37.82 … 2012 CIF runner-up in 300-meter hurdles … Scout West 150 member … played in the Offense vs. Defense All-America Bowl and the B2G All-West Coast Game … Bolden on his OSU decision, courtesy of Scout.com – “It's just a big plus for me, because I had already fallen in love with the campus and the coaches and just the family atmosphere that they have. To see them do well is a big plus and really confirms my decision and why I'm making the right choice. I'm just excited to be a part of the program” … teammate of Beaver signee Jordan Villamin … Bolden did not play football until the eighth grade … had multiple scholarship offers … his mother, Zelda, still holds the school record in the 100 and 200 hurdles at Mt. San Antonio College … from Los Osos Head coach Tom Martinez -- "He's a pretty tough kid. He's not big, but he pops back up every time after running in there with those linemen."
Titus Failauga, DE, 6-4, 240, Waipahu, Hawai’i (Pac-Five)
Rivals ranks Failauga (Fie-lah-oo-gah) the No. 8 prospect in the state of Hawai’i and the No. 4 defensive lineman … first team all-conference three years and second team all-state … Pac-Five Defensive MVP … attended high school at the Mid Pacific Institute … Nike Sparq All-Combine Team last year … Mid-Pacific Teachers Award … also played basketball and runs track … named the defensive lineman MVP for last June’s summer camp at Oregon … Tom Lenning on Titus – “Has what it takes to become an elite player at the next level. A superb run stuffer, he is excellent in his pursuit, has been blessed with great strength, strong hands and good instinct. He dominates blockers and does a good job of shedding them then rushing the QB. Has the frame to weigh 280 in college ... hard to knock off his feet."
Michael Greer, LB, 6-2, 193, Palm Springs, Calif. (Palm Springs)
Michael had 86 tackles, including seven sacks and three interceptions on defense, and scored eight touchdowns on offense his senior season and three as a junior … current Beaver linebacker D.J. Alexander is a cousin … played in the Cal-State All-Star Game with incoming Beaver Jordan Villamin … All-CIF First Team at defensive end as a first team Desert Valley League as a junior and senior … PrepStar All-West Region … moved to linebacker last season … also played receiver … Palm Springs “Playmaker of the Year” for 2012 … from Palm Springs head coach Dan Murphy – “In the time I have had to work with Michael, I have been impressed with his athleticism, speed and strength. He has a terrific attitude. The sky is the limit for Michael, he is a D1 caliber player” … Greer on his OSU visit, courtesy of Rivals – "I loved it, it was great. The coaches, the facilities, I loved the rec. facility and the weight room. We spent some time in the weight room and with the strength coach; I really like how they train in order to avoid injury. I also love the stadium."
Sean Harlow, OL, 6-5, 275, San Clemente, Calif. (San Clemente)
Rivals ranks Sean at No. 47 on its national offensive tackles list and the No. 59 overall prospect in California … ESPN and 247Sports also rank him among the top 50 tackles … highly recruited with 17 scholarship offers … CalHi Sports First Team All-State … played in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl … All-CIF, all-county and All-South Coast League selection as a junior and senior … PrepStar All-West Region … Scout West 150 member … also played as a defensive lineman … possibly will be at OSU for spring term … Harlow on his commitment courtesy of Rivals – "I feel real close to Coach (Mike) Cavanaugh, he's the best and I know that he will coach me up. I know how he's going to be and that he's going to push me, but I also know that he'll be there for me on and off the field. The whole Oregon State organization is just great. Everyone cares so much” … from San Clemente head coach Jaime Ortiz -- “Sean is the epitome of what you want in a football player. He is hard worker, tough, smart and always gives 100 percent. Sean will be in good hands with Coach Riley and the entire Oregon State football staff” … Sean’s father is Pat Harlow, an All-American offensive tackle, Pac-12 Morris Trophy recipient and four-year letterman at USC (1987-90) – was the No. 11 overall selection in the 1991 NFL Draft by New England and played for the Patriots (1991-95) and Oakland Raiders (1996-98).
Damien Haskins, RB, 5-9, 213, New Boston, Texas (New Boston)
Rivals ranks Damien at No. 99 for prospects in Texas … Northeast Texas Player of the Year (all classifications) … class 2A First Team All-State and the 2A Offensive Player of the Year … Smoaky.com (regional HS sports authority) and Longview News Player of the Year … rushed for a school record 3,207 yards and 52 touchdowns last season on 288 carries … rushed for at least three touchdowns in 10 games … averaged 247 yards per game … led New Boston to the quarterfinals and an overall record of 12-1 … PrepStar All-Midlands Region … played in the International Bowl (International Federation of American Football) Feb. 5, rushing for 84 yards and one touchdown on eight carries … Haskins on his decision, courtesy of Rivals – “First, I just liked the coaches. Coach (Mike) Riley really seems like a pretty good man. Coach Brasfield and the other coaches seem great, too. I met all the guys that will be my teammates and I saw the community there, and how nice everybody around the school is. It just seemed like a great fit for me” … from New Boston head coach Rick Barker – “Damien is a great football player and even a better person He leads by example and is not big on rah-rah. It’s refreshing to coach a kid like Damien, to see there are still kids out there who still have great morals, believe in hard work, and strive to become the best they can be” … 4.00 student.
Manase Hungalu, LB, 6-2, 225, Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i (Kealakehe)
Manase was recently named the Big Island D1 Defensive Player of the Year after racking up 86 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions and two blocked field goals for the Waveriders … helped Kealakehe to a 10-2 record and to the state playoffs as a senior … from Kealakehe head coach Sam Papalii -- “He’s a tenacious competitor and can make plays in space. That’s what the colleges are seeing on his highlight tape. He can adjust his body in space and make the tackle. He’s not stiff; he can change directions quickly and make the plays.”
Dashon Hunt, CB, 5-10, 175, Westlake, Calif. (Westlake Village)
All-CIF Pac-5 Division selection … Rivals lists Dashon as the No. 28 cornerback in the nation and the No. 38 prospect overall in California … Rivals and Scout four-star recruit … PrepStar All-American … Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 member … Scout West 150 member … Dashon on his reason for OSU, courtesy of Rivals – “I really have a good connection with the coaches and it came down to which area I could see myself in for the next four-to-five years, and that was Corvallis. The game atmosphere is great and during my two days on campus on my visit it felt like I already was going to school there” … Scout.com lists his strengths as “closing speed, tackling ability and instincts” … 63 tackles and 6 interceptions last season … also played running back where he accounted for 1,274 yards, including a game of 202 yards and 18 touchdowns … 60 tackles and seven interceptions to go along with seven touchdowns rushing as a junior … helped Westlake to a 14-1 record as a senior and to the titles of the Marmonte League and Northern Division … highly recruited by several top 25 programs … played in the Offense-Defense Bowl in Houston in late December … from Westlake Village defensive coordinator Richard Fong – “He moves like a dancer on a football field. He's so smooth. He’s got that gunslinger mentality, 'I can take on anybody.' It's hard for me to find any flaws in him."
Hunter Jarmon, WR, 6-0, 190, Waco, Texas (Midway)
Rivals ranks Hunter at No. 61 in the nation at receiver and the No. 67 overall prospect in Texas … Lone Star Recruiting pegs him No. 50 in the state of Texas overall … highly recruited … 93 receptions for 1,470 yards and eight touchdowns last season … selected one of three All-District wide receivers … co-District Offensive Player of the Year as a junior … Jarmon on his decision to attend OSU, courtesy of Rivals -- "It felt like home at Oregon State and they definitely made me feel like family. Even the people outside of football made me feel at home. I had a gut feeling after my trip and it never went away. I had a really strong connection with Coach Riley. It was more like a father-son relationship than a player-coach. I loved him.” … an excellent punter, averaging 43 yards per attempt, including a long of 74 yards, and earning first team 5A All-State at the position … also a gifted baseball athlete with the goal of playing for Beaver head coach Pat Casey. “Absolutely one of the best I have ever coached, and I don’t mean just on the football field. He is an incredible character kid, very mature, unbelievable work ethic in whatever he does and a great sense of humor. He reminds me of Michael Irvin; he won’t blow you away with his speed, but he has tremendous strength and he will win more than he loses. Absolutely one of the best who will make Oregon State proud.”
Walter Jones, WR, 6-1, 173, Redlands, Calif. (Redlands)
Walter comes to OSU as not only a standout in football, but also track … helped Redlands advance to the second round of the playoffs last season … 24 receptions for 598 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior … also made 28 tackles as a senior playing defensive back … returned punts for Redlands … during the football offseason he expects to participate in track, where he is among the elite jumpers in California placing third in the state in the long jump and seventh in the triple jump as a junior … also an outstanding sprinter … as a junior he was a nominee for the Gatorade National Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year … from Redlands track coach Richard Smith – “It's awesome for us to have an athlete like Walter, you can coach for a lot of years and not have an athlete the caliber of a Walter Jones. Walter's a worker, he's willing to put in as much time as he needs to excel” ... has two sisters that also excel in track … Redlands head coach Jim Walker on Walter -- "Walter is an incredible athlete; he jumps farther than I can walk. He is a big play guy; explosive speed and knows where the endzone is – a diamond in the rough."
Kyle Kempt, QB, 6-5, 200, Massillon, Ohio (Washington)
Rivals ranks Kyle No. 71 on the top prospects list for Ohio … Passed for single-season school record 3,056 yards as a senior, with 32 touchdowns with just 10 interceptions. As a sophomore, Kempt threw for 1,643 yards, with 14 touchdowns and only four interceptions. As a junior, he threw for 1,335 yards, and added 16 touchdown passes with four interceptions… led the Tigers to an 11-2 season in 2012 and to the Division 1 finals … 2012 Stark County Player of the Year … second team all-state quarterback by the Associated Press … 4.25 cumulative GPA in high school and is the class Valedictorian … plans to study engineering at OSU … attended Aloha High School in Oregon before moving with his family to Ohio following his freshman year … Kempt on his play, courtesy of the Sporting News – “They like that I have a strong arm, make good decisions with the football, I'm accurate with my throws and I have a good pocket presence … Being a student of the game, studying film constantly, that's a strength. I’m going to hurt defenses through the air with accuracy and smart decision making” … Kempt on his Oregon State visit, courtesy of Rivals -- "I've already gone through the recruiting process so long ago that I knew what to look for this time around. Oregon State has great academics. The coaches are all great, the players are great and the people around the program really stood out to me. It is just a great atmosphere” … athletic family that includes his father Mychal (linebacker at Montana State), his mother Marlene (heptathlon at Montana State) and oldest brother Cody (football at Oregon and Montana State, and is current graduate coach at Tennessee).
Fred Lauina, OL/DL, 6-3, 270, Pago Pago, America Samoa (Tafuna)
Fred was a two-year starter and consider the top prospect in the region … an outstanding basketball player … played in the International Bowl (International Federation of American Football) … Fred on coming to OSU – "I really loved the atmosphere while I was there and have built a great relationship with Coach (Mike) Cavanaugh and Coach Joe (Seumalo). I am ready to join Noke (Tago), a redshirt-freshman, and help OSU win games in the future” … from Brandon Smart of Field House 100 -- “Fred is a great athlete and student that gives recruiters the ideal body that can add weight but allow him to keep his speed. He has a very lean frame with long arms. Fred gives college coaches the option of playing him on the offensive line or the defensive line. He could even move to tight end because of his athletic ability” … Lauina is the third current Beaver from Pago Pago, joining Tago and Rommel Mageo.
Corey Lawrence, ATH, 6-1, 175, Del City, Okla. (Del City)
Rivals ranks Corey the No. 12 prospect in Oklahoma … as a senior he caught 24 passes for 534 yards (24 yds per reception) and six touchdowns, and rushed for 852 yards and 11 touchdowns on 69 carries … Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State First Team as a running back … Oklahoman First Team All-State as a defensive back … District 5A Player of the Year … led Del City to the state playoffs for the first time in over a decade … also plays basketball and competes in track … 4.3 in the 40 … Del City coach Nick Warehime, courtesy of the Oklahoman -- “He's got that ‘it' factor. He might be the most athletic kid I've ever been around. He can dunk a basketball to his elbow; when he was a sophomore, he anchored the 4x100 state championship team. He has the God-given athletic talents but he also really understands the game. He's one of those athletes that doesn't come around very often.”
Lawrence Mattison, RB, 6-1, 225, Spring Branch, Texas (Smithson Valley)
Lawrence accounted for 1,427 yards and 26 touchdowns last season, and 1,943 yards and 27 touchdowns as a junior … 247Sports ranks him No. 70 on its national running backs rankings … Offensive MVP of the University Interscholastic League District as a junior and senior … 5A All-State Honorable Mention as a senior after earning 4A All-State Second Team as a junior and Honorable Mention as a sophomore … San Antonio Express ranks him No. 10 on its top 20 area players … 2010 San Antonio Express Sub-5A Newcomer of the Year … also a standout basketball player … Spring Branch is near San Antonio … from Mattison about his decision to attend OSU – "They were the ones that just made me feel most comfortable. They made me feel wanted and I felt like they had my best interests in mind. Coach Riley is an awesome guy. He's well-spoken, and he showed me that he cares about his guys” … Spring Branch was 11-1 last season … MaxPreps ranks. him No. 22 nationally for “big backs.”
Charles Okonkwo, CB, 6-1, 180, Fontana, Calif. (Summit)
Okonkwo (OH-konk-wo) had 10 scholarship offers … led Summit to a 9-2 record last season … nine career interceptions … All-league, All-CIF, All-Inland Empire … cumulative GPA of 3.64 … 247Sports ranks him No. 61 on its national cornerback list and at No. 89 on its top players in California … Scout lists him at No. 83 in California … team was 13-1 as a junior and won the CIF Southern Section title … played in the South Bay West Coast Bowl … competes in track in the 200 and 400 meters … Okonkwo on signing with OSU -- "Oregon State has been my dream school for as long as I can remember. I like the rich tradition. I like everything about that school” … from 247Sports – “He runs an 11.0 100-meter time and he is a sure tackler in the open field. Those are all attributes that are hard to come by at the cornerback position” … from Summit High School head coach Cesar Villalobos – “Charles is an awesome person to have as a Beaver. He is a tall, long reach corner that will only continue to excel on the field. He is also a great student, and he carries that same discipline to the football field. I really think Oregon State is getting a quality young man that will definitely contribute to the Beavers as he gets bigger and faster. Charles works hard and we are proud that he represents Summit HS Football.”
Terin Solomon, LB, 6-2, 195, Murrieta, Calif. (Murrieta Valley)
All-CIF Southern Section Inland Division defensive back … Southwestern League Defensive MVP (the league is considered one of the three best in the state) … as a senior he had 178 total tackles, with four interceptions, six forced fumbles, four blocked punts and four blocked field goals -- he also had four touchdown receptions in limited duty as a receiver … as a junior he had 103 tackles, forced seven fumbles and intercepted three passes … ESPN ranks Solomon No. 29 at his position in the country … Scout West 150 member … 2011 team was 12-1 with a No. 7 California ranking while the 2012 team went 10-2 … three-year starter … PrepStar All-West Region … from Murrieta Valley head coach Greg Ireland -- “Terin is a gifted athlete who has not begun to reach his full potential. He is a great team player, willing to help in any way possible. He has a knack for getting to the football. Boy, does he know angles and how to get there and get there with a real purpose.” courtesy of ESPN – “Offensive players better have their chin-strap buckled if you cross paths with Solomon. This is a tall and physical high point safety that has the size and demeanor to consistently play in or near the box. Is rangy and is only going to get bigger and stronger. He's very good at playing the deep ball by keeping inside position on a receiver, high-pointing the ball and timing his jumps to compete for the ball. His agility and athleticism are evident in his ability to maintain body control and balance in the open field. Drives through ball carriers and times hits of receiving targets with explosiveness. His pursuit, closing speed and ability to track ball carriers with proper angles and sift through the wash is very impressive.”
Darrell Songy, LB, 6-1, 220, Austin, Texas (John B. Connolly)
Songy (sahn - G) led Connolly to the state playoffs … two-time First Team All-District at defensive end and inside linebacker … three-year letterman … 2012 team defensive MVP and captain … team-leading 111 tackles as a senior, including 10 tackles for loss, a blocked punt (TD) and two forced fumbles … All-Central Texas Team by the Austin American Statesman … played in the International Bowl (International Federation of American Football) where he made two tackles … outstanding track athlete competing in the relays, shot put and discus … anchor leg for three relay teams … also a wrestler at 180 and 189 pounds; in the top three at District the last two years … Songy on his play, courtesy of Rivals – "I feel like I have a lot of aggression. I definitely fight to get where I have to go, or run through anybody. My coaches drilled in my head to run to the football no matter where it's at on the field. That's a good quality, because you never know what's going to happen. My coaches tell me I'm a leader” … from Connolly defensive coordinator Bill Robertson – “Over the last two years Darrell has put as much work into improving himself as a football player as any other player in our program, and that has shown up on the field. He was an off-season warrior, and was one of the unquestioned leaders of our defense and our team. Oregon State should be excited by the type of player and person they `stole’ from the other schools who recruited this area. He is an irreplaceable playmaker who I will sorely miss next season.”
Justin Strong, S, 5-11, 189, Rialto, Calif. (Summit)
All-CIF Southern Section First Team safety as a junior and senior, and linebacker as a junior … Sunkist League First Team at both positions his final two seasons … team captain for the last three seasons … 105 tackles, five sacks and five interceptions playing linebacker as a junior … 49 tackles and four interceptions in 2012 as a safety … Scout.com ranks Justin the No. 56 ranked safety in the country and is a member of its West 150 team … helped the team to a 13-1 record as a junior and the CIF Southern Section title … his brother is former Beaver standout, 2008 Sun Bowl defensive MVP and current Dallas Cowboy Victor Butler … Justin spent his sophomore year living with Butler … “I trained with him (Victor Butler) — weight training, speed training, even learning plays. It was learning how to read zones, how to spot receivers, how to read routes and all that. So when I moved back and got on the field, everything just seemed easier with all the techniques I learned. I felt like I had an edge on a lot of the other players” … also played linebacker … from Summit head coach Cesar Villalobos – “How great it is that Justin and Charles (Okonkwo) both have the opportunity to compete as Beavers after three years of being teammates in high school? Not a common thing, but I feel Oregon State will benefit from both of these young men. Justin is one of the hardest hitting safeties I have ever been around, and also one of the smoothest cover guys around. Justin was definitely born to be a defensive football player! I know he will make the Summit Skyhawk Football family proud!”
Jordan Villamin, WR, 6-5, 205, Fontana, Calif. (Etiwanda)
Jordan caught 46 passes for 859 yards and 10 touchdowns last season … 27 passes for 594 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior … three-star recruit by Scout and Rivals … Baseline League First Team selection as a senior … preseason and postseason All-Valley Team his senior year … second team all-area last year … Valley Team Third Team member following his junior year … PrepStar All-West Region … Villamin on his decision to attend OSU, courtesy of Rivals -- "I went up there the first time and I felt I had a good feel for the place. I had a good feel for the whole campus and I took my official so I got to see the whole area. I hung out with the players and the coaches and it really felt like home. Everything was all good. I felt like I was already on the team pretty much. That's what kind of convinced me."