Jonathan Smith talks Beavers and Letter of Intent Day!!


Jonathan Smith knows he has holes to fill in his second campaign as the head coach of Oregon State. The people who estimate the success of his current group of recruits are unsure about the newcomers but the coach is upbeat. Check out his news conference regarding the new group of players who will put on the Orange and Black.

One bit of breaking news.....Coach Smith says the Spring Football scrimmage will once again be in Beaverton at Mountainside High School. The date TBA

Here is the official Oregon State release on the new crop of players:


Position: Safety

Height/Weight: 6-0/185

Hometown: Lake Forest, Calif.

School: Mission Viejo

Head Coach: Chad Johnson

• Letter winner for head coach Chad Johnson.

• Rated three stars by both 247 Sports and

• Ranked amongst the top 100 players in the state of California by 247Sports.

• Played in the January 2019 Polynesian Bowl.

• Teammate of Dec. 2018 signee Jojo Forest at Mission Viejo High School.

• Named the 2018 County Defensive Player of the Year by the Orange County Register. He was also named the Offensive Most Valuable Player in the South Coast League.

• Credited with 32 tackles his senior season, adding seven interceptions for 176 return yards and six pass deflections.

• Offensively, caught 53 passes for 870 yards and seven touchdowns. Also credited with 236 kick return yards and 143 punt return yards.

• Helped Mission Viejo to a 12-1 record as a junior in 2017.

• Made 25 tackles with two interceptions and two pass deflections.

• Offensively, ran the ball 157 times for 1,467 yards and 14 touchdowns. Finished with eight 100-yard games. 

• Is also a standout in track and field, competing in the 100 and the 4x100.

• Son of Sina and Junior Arnold.

• Has three brothers: Alijah, Easton, Jett.

• Has two sisters: Aliese, Payton.

• Intends to study business at Oregon State.

• Chose Oregon State because "It felt like it was the best fit for me. Corvallis is a beautiful place and the people in Corvallis are very supportive and loyal to Oregon State. I also believe that the football team is building something special."


Position: Long Snapper

Height/Weight: 6-1/200

Hometown: Reno, Nev.

School: Bishop Manogue

Head Coach: Ernie Howren

• Letterwinner for head coach Ernie Howren.

• Part of a Bishop Manogue team that went 11-4 in 2018. 

• Also played left guard and linebacker during his high school career.

• All-state for academics.

• Born in Bend, Ore.

• Son of Shanon and Brett Black.

• Has one brother, Dustin.

• He Tweeted: "Oregon State just felt like home. The coaching staff is amazing, they made me feel like they really wanted me there. Another big factor was talking to their punter, Daniel Rodriguez . He was my host and was awesome."

• Chose Oregon State because "Everything about Oregon State welcomed me in. I felt like I was already at home. The coaches and players treated me like I was already on the team."


Position: Outside Linebacker

Height/Weight: 6-3/230

Hometown: Sacramento, Calif.

School: Jesuit

Head Coach: Marlon Blanton

• Letterwinner for head coach Marlon Blanton.

• Two-time first-team all-league selection.

• Credited with 50 tackles as a senior in 2018, adding 19.5 for loss. Tallied four sacks and added one interception.

• As a junior, in 2017, led Jesuit to a 10-3 mark.

• Finished with 57 tackles as a junior, posting five tackles for loss. Also had four sacks and one interception.

• Son of Heather and Scott Brownholtz.

• Has two brothers, Calvin and Cole. Calvin is a quarterback at UTEP and Cole is a QB at Incarnate Word.

• Father, Scott, played on the offensive line at Georgia.

• Intends to study business at Oregon State and would like to go into coaching after his playing career.

• Brownholtz on his career (per the Sacramento Bee): "I'm excited. I've only gotten better as a player. I'm looking forward to my future. I really feel like I've only scratched my potential."


Position: Quarterback

Height/Weight: 6-2/200

Hometown: Palo Alto, Calif.

School: Palo Alto

Head Coach: Nelson Gifford

• Letterwinner for head coach Nelson Gifford.

• Led Palo Alto High School to a 10-2 record as a senior in 2018. Palo Alto had posted four losing seasons prior to to 2018.

• Named the San Francisco Chronicle's Player of the Year for the Peninsula/South Bay in 2018. 

• Completed 150-of-272 passes attempted for 2,714 yards and 34 touchdowns as a senior. 

• As a junior, played in nine games, throwing for 887 yards and eight touchdowns.

• Saw his QB rating rise from 37.9 as a sophomore to 74.2 as a junior, then finish at 128.4 his senior season.

• Son of Shelley and Geep Chryst.

• Father, Geep, has been with the Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers, Carolina Panthers, Arizona Cardinals, San Diego Chargers and Chicago Bears as an assistant coach.

• Brother is former Stanford quaterback Kellen Chryst.

• Has one sister, Gillian.

• Born in San Diego, Calif.

• Intends to study business at Oregon State.

• Chose Oregon State because "I really like Corvallis and the people with the football program."


Position: Inside Linebacker

Height/Weight: 6-2/230

Hometown: Orange, Calif.

School: Orange Lutheran

Head Coach: JP Presley

• Letterwinner for head coach JP Presley.

• Named a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete Honoree in 2018.

• First-Team All-League as a senior in 2018. Named Second-Team All-County.

• Team captain.

• Led the Trinity League in tackles as both a junior and senior.

• As a senior, totaled 103 tackles, including 12 for loss. Added 6.5 sacks and 10 quarterback hurries. Also tallied one interception and credited with three pass deflections.

• Earned the Orange Lutheran Scholar-Athlete Award.

• As a junior, in 2017, posted 101 tackles with five sacks. Also finished with two interceptions.

• Jacket of Honor football recipient.

• Has also lettered in baseball. Earned the "Lancer Award" for his play with baseball.

• Has volunteered with the Big Buddy Walk and Big Buddy Program, as well as the Carrington Charitable Foundation.

• Voted by the school administration to lead the Orange Lutheran HS OLU Ignite Program.

• Intends to study business at Oregon State and would like to go into real estate finance after his playing career.

• Son of Emily and Kevin. Step-parents are Shelley and Dean.

• Has two brothers, Aiden and Colton, and one sister, Hayley.

• Chose Oregon State because of the "relationships built with coaching staff, academics, and Oregon State's location."


Position: Offensive Tackle

Height/Weight: 6-5/280

Hometown: Gardiner, Ore.

School: North Bend

Head Coach: Gary Prince

Pronounced Fur-en-zee

• Letterwinner for head coach Gary Prince.

• Rated three stars by 247Sports.

• Ranked amongst the top-15 players in the state of Oregon by 247Sports.

• Helped North Bend to a 7-3 record both his junior and senior seasons.

• Named Oregon 5A All-North Division on both the offensive and defensive lines as a senior.

• Intends to study civil engineering at Oregon State.

• Son of Tamara Szalewski and Dennis Ferenczi.

• Has one brother, Daniel.

• Member of National Honor Society in high school.

• Participated in the shot put and discus his freshman year.

• Chose Oregon State "because of the great coaching staff as well as the facilities and to have an opportunity to help rebuild a program and make a difference."

• On his decision to play at Oregon State (per -- "This is what I've wanted for a while. I've been going to the camps since my sophomore year and all of their home games since my junior year. I really like the atmosphere, and I have some relatives who live in Albany. I get to stay close to home. It's all around a good deal for me. Also, I want to be a civil engineer, and Oregon State has a really good engineering program."


Position: Linebacker

Height/Weight: 6-3/245

Hometown: Portland, Ore.

School: Southridge

Head Coach: Kevin Bickler

• Letterwinner for head coach Kevin Bickler.

• Four-year starter for Southridge, playing on the offensive and defensive line, tight end and linebacker.

• Three-year all-league selection and has earned all-state at tight end and defensive line.

• Son of Tobie and Mike Hustler.

• Has one brother, Luke, and one sister, Sydney.

• Father, Mike, graduated from Oregon State.

• Cousin of Oregon State special teams coordinator Jake Cookus .

• Intends to study business at Oregon State.

• Has volunteered at a food bank in his hometown.

• Has also competed in basketball and track and field. Has placed in state in the shot put and discus.

• " I choose Oregon State because it feels like home and the community that surrounds the program will give me the best chance to succeed on the field and in the classroom."

• Southridge head coach Kevin Bickler on Kade -- "Kade was a four-year varsity starter for us at Southridge. He played offensive and defensive line his first three seasons and then moved to tight end and linebacker as a senior. This move to different positions his senior year shows the athleticism and versatility he has as a player. Kade is a beast in the weight room and his work ethic is like no other. He is a true football player and was born to play this game. He is the fiercest competitor I have ever coached and his will to win motivates him to play fast and fierce. He is physical and plays every play like it's his last. Kade is a tremendous football player, teammate and person and will represent Oregon State with class, character, and a winning attitude."


Position: Offensive Guard

Height/Weight: 6-4/300

Hometown: Valencia, Calif.

School: Valencia

Head Coach: Larry Muir

• Letterwinner for head coach Larry Muir.

• Helped guide Valencia to a 7-4 record in 2018, a season after the program posted a 12-2 mark. Valencia has won 10 consecutive league titles.

• Named first-team all-league on offense in 2018 by the Santa Clarita Valley Signal.

• Named second-team all-Southern Section.

• Also earned Foothill League Lineman of the Year honors during his career.

• Part of an offensive line that helped Valencia gain 4,000 yards of total offense over 11 games.

• Intends to major in business at Oregon State.

• Son of Heather and Steve Miller.

• Has one sister, Peyton.

• I choose Oregon State because I loved the feel of the campus and the surrounding town. The coaching staff was also a major component; they seem like they really look after the players, not only on the field, but off the field as well."

• Valencia coach Larry Muir on Miller -- " Tanner Miller works as hard as anyone we have ever had in our program. He's committed to making himself the best player he can be. He will only get better and better as he moves forward in his career. I really believe his best football is ahead of him and I'm excited to see the impact he will make on the Oregon State program."


Position: Defensive End

Height/Weight: 6-3/265

Hometown: Inglewood, Calif.

School: Mira Costa/Fullerton College

Head Coach: Garrett Campbell

• Has four years to play three.

• Rated three stars by 247Sports.

• Played one season for Garrett Campbell at Fullerton College.

• Credited with 32 tackles in 10 games for Fullerton as a freshman in 2018. Added 14.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks.

• Named second-team all-conference.

• Also forced two fumbles and had a pass breakup.

• Totaled a season-high eight tackles with three sacks against Riverside on Sept. 8, 2018.

• Played on the offensive and defensive lines while at Mira Costa for head coach Don Morrow.

• Son of Almease and James Rawls .

• Has two sisters, Jasten and Bella.

• Uncle is former Beaver Lee Davis.

• Intends to study business and would like to go into real estate after his playing career.

• Chose to attend Oregon State because "it is family oriented."

• Rawls on his decision to come to Oregon State (via -- "I talked to my coaches and family. The next morning, I called Coach Legi (Suiaunoa) and he was ecstatic. He was the first to hear. He was so loud and happy. I called Coach (Tim) Tibesar and he was ecstatic to have me and coach me. We're going to Build the Dam."


Position: Tight End

Height/Weight: 6-3/215

Hometown: Corvallis, Ore.

School: Crescent Valley

Head Coach: Scott Sanders

• Letterwinner for head coach Scott Sanders.

• Rated three stars by 247Sports.

• Ranked amongst the top-20 players in the state of Oregon by 247Sports.

• In three seasons at Crescent Valley, Sanders caught 55 passes for 790 yards and eight touchdowns.

• He also ran the ball 303 times for 1,456 yards and 17 touchdowns.

• Son of Amy and Scott Sanders.

• Has one brother, Tanner, and one sister, Corey.

• His father, Scott, played linebacker at Oregon State.

• Brother, Tanner, played football, basketball and baseball at Oregon State.

• Teammate of Dec. 2018 Oregon State signee Omar Speights at Crescent Valley.

• Also lettered in basketball and track and field as a thrower. Earned 2018 district champion honors in the shot put.

• Chose Oregon State because "I love OSU and have my entire life. It has always been one of my dreams and I have a lot of friends here who I know will help me settle into a college life. It just seemed like the right fit."

• Sanders on his decision to attend Oregon State (via 247Sports) -- "I love this staff and how they really seem to care about every player. Then just going through the tours and stuff I had seen it all, but it really is the best campus of all and I just felt so comfortable."

• CV coach Tanner Sanders on Cam Sanders : "Cam has a great knowledge for the game. It is like having a coach on the field. Has good burst when running the ball, either from the back field or receiving, and gets yards after the catch. He Chose OSU over scholarship opportunities to stay at home and jump on the momentum that Coach Smith and his staff are providing for Oregon State."


Position: Offensive Guard

Height/Weight: 6-4/330

Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska

School: Bartlett

Head Coach: Dan Esparza

Pronounced See-oh

• Letterwinner for head coach Dan Esparza.

• Helped lead Bartlett High School to an 8-2 record his senior season.

• Rated as the top player in the state of Alaska by 247Sports.'

• Named the 2018 Lineman of the Year and All-State (as voted upon by the league's coaches) along with the Chugach Conference. 

• Also selected as the All-First-Team center.

• Selected to the USA Today ALL-USA Alaska Football Team on the offensive line.

• Played in the AIGA Polynesian All-American Game in January 2019 in Southern California.

• Earned all-conference and all-state honors as a junior in 2017 and sophomore in 2016.

• Has also competed in track and field as a thrower.

• Intends to study business at Oregon State.

• Son of Elizabeth and Sapati Sio.

• Has two sisters, Shirley and Sune, and one brother, Torino.

• Has been on the Academic Honor Roll at Bartlett High School.

• Chose Oregon State because "I love the program, the school enviorment and especially the staff."


Position: Offensive Tackle

Height/Weight: 6-3/290

Hometown: Mt. Angel, Ore.

School: Kennedy

Head Coach: Joe Panuke

Pronounced Soo-ing

• Letterwinner for head coach Joe Panuke.

• Helped lead Kennedy High School to a 12-2 record in 2018. Kennedy won the 2A State title.

• Four-year starter on the offensive and defensive lines.

• First-Team All-State on the offensive line and defensive line and League Co-Lineman of the Year as a senior. 

• Also named All-League on both the offensive and defensive lines.

• All-League First-Team as a junior, also earning third-team All-State honors.

• Second-Team all-league as a sophomore.

• Son of Karen and Shawn Suing.

• Has one brother, Jack, and one sister, Elise.

• Class Vice President, FFA Chapter President and member of the National Honor Society while at Kennedy High School.

• Born in Tualatin, Ore.

• "I chose Oregon State University because of the football coaching staff and the academic opportunities."

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