- Portland Tribune - Sports
Oregon State can accept about four more commitments. One will be a punter - the leading candidate is Jon Teague of Newton, N.C., though OSU coaches still are evaluating him and no offer has been made. West Salem High receiver Jordan Bishop, who has a scholarship offer, is another possibility.
At least 10 recruits will visit Corvallis the Jan. 18 weekend. Coaches are considering bringing in Grant's Andre Broadous and Central Catholic's Demetrius Guice for a visit.
• Coaches hope offensive tackle Tavita Thompson, who missed the second half of the 2007 season due to NCAA suspension issues, will regain his eligibility in time for spring practice.
• Three of Oregon State's four junior college recruits - offensive guard Brent McNeil and H-back Jeremy Francis of El Camino College in Torrance, Calif., and defensive tackle Steven Paea of Snow College in West Valley City, Utah - have signed.
Offensive tackle Vil Nau of Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif., has until Jan. 15 to sign a JC letter, or he could sign with the prep seniors on Feb. 6.
• Linebacker Joey LaRocque has been added to the West roster for the Hula Bowl on Jan. 12 at Honolulu, joining an Oregon State contingent that includes defensive end Jeff Van Orsow, tailback Yvenson Bernard and special-teams player Gerard Lawson. Portland State center Brennen Carvalho also is on a West team that will be coached by Mike Riley.
OSU assistants Danny Lansdorf, Mark Banker and Mike Cavanaugh will be on the West staff. After the game, Riley and his three aides will stay in Hawaii to recruit.
- Kerry Eggers