Oregon State vs. Maryland
Oregon State vs. Maryland
Sixth Emerald Bowl: Oregon State (8-4, 6-3 Pac-10) vs. Maryland (6-6, 3-5 Atlantic Coast Conference), 5:30 p.m. Dec. 28, AT and T Park, San Francisco
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• OSU coaches will maintain communication with Robert Golden, the prep cornerback from Fresno, Calif., who told them Sunday during his recruiting visit to Corvallis he would play for the Beavers. Golden reneged two days later, telling news sources he will attend Arizona.
The Beavers have a pair of cornerback prospects set for a visit to Corvallis in January - Anthony Dye of Corona, Calif., and Keynan Parker of Vancouver, British Columbia. Dye is wavering on his verbal to UCLA; Parker was the province AAA offensive player of the year with 1,282 yards and 15 TDs as a tailback. He runs a 10.6 100 and is the son of former Canadian Football League standout James Parker.
The Beavers also are recruiting Randy July, an athletic receiver from Muskogee, Okla.
• Oregon State signed one junior college player Wednesday - Steven Paea, a 6-2, 290-pound defensive tackle from Snow College in West Valley City, Utah. Paea is eligible to enroll winter term.
Three other JC prospects - Vil Nau, a 6-6, 330-pound offensive tackle from Mt. San Antonio (Walnut, Calif.), and 6-1, 230-pound H-back Jeremy Francis and 6-2, 295-pound offensive guard Brent McNeil, both from El Camino College (Torrance, Calif.) - will submit letters at some point but aren't expected until at least spring term.
The Beavers have 10 verbal commitments for Feb. 6 signing day and hope to land five more - preferably two receivers, a punter, a linebacker and a defensive lineman. Among the possibilities are two JC players - defensive linemen Tevita Finau of Phoenix (Ariz.) and Simi Kuli of El Camino, the latter ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 1 JC player in the country.
Prep prospects include receivers Allante Battle of Phoenix and A.J. Pickens of Chino Hills, Calif., and linebacker Paipai Falemalu of Kahuku, Hawaii. Battle has not committed to Arizona State, despite published reports. Two other prospects from Hawaii - offensive guard Benji Kemoeatu and defensive tackle Solomon Koehler - could sign but may not qualify academically.
It's now likely that one of OSU's verbals - Jovan Stevenson, a 5-11, 195-pound running back from Tucson, Ariz. - will grayshirt and enroll in school next winter term.
• More recruiting: Paea has three years of eligibility at OSU. … Nau spent five years of his childhood living in Albany. He is no relation to OSU defensive tackle Sioeli Nau, who redshirted after transferring from Snow College last year. … West Salem High receiver Jordan Bishop remains high on OSU's recruiting list, though the Beavers haven't yet offered a scholarship.
• Sean Canfield will be available for duty at the Emerald Bowl, if needed. The sophomore quarterback, who missed the last three games with a shoulder injury, has participated in practice this week. 'He's made every throw in practice that he needs to make in a game,' OSU coach Mike Riley says.
Lyle Moevao, who led the Beavers to wins in their final three regular-season games, will start at QB and go the route if he plays well.
• Oregon State has a number of players in postseason all-star games, including kicker Alexis Serna and offensive lineman Roy Schuening in the Senior Bowl. Schuening also is ticketed for the Hula Bowl (where Riley is the head coach of the West), along with tailback Yvenson Bernard, defensive end Jeff Van Orsow and special-teams player Gerard Lawson. Center Kyle DeVan will play in the East-West Shrine Game.
Riley is still hopeful to get at least one linebacker - either Joey LaRocque, Derrick Doggett or Alan Darlin - in the East-West Game.
'And it's a crime (defensive end) Dorian Smith isn't in one of the games,' Riley says.
- Kerry Eggers