You could say Oregon State’s recruiting class has the Aloha Spirit.
Several of the Beavers’ top prep recruits are from Hawaii, including defensive end Lamone Williams, defensive tackle Kalani Vakameilalo and athlete Fitou Fisiiahi.
Williams, at 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds, helps fill a hole left by the departure of Scott Crichton, who left Oregon State early to enter the NFL draft. The Beavers got another defensive end in Glyeb Ewing, a 6-foot-5, 235-pound prospect out of Iowa.
Vakameilalo, who is 6-foot-4 and 300 pounds, is ”one of the guys most ready physically to step in and compete,” coach Mike Riley said.
Riley also wooed 6-foot-1 linebacker Ricky Liuchan, a four-star prospect out of Mission Hills, Calif., despite intense interest from California.
The Beavers got letters of intent Wednesday from a pair of quarterbacks, 6-foot-2 Marcus McMaryion from Dinuba, Calif., and 6-foot-2 Nick Mitchell of Snoqualmie, Wash. Also waiting in the wings is Luke Del Rio, a transfer from Alabama who has enrolled at Oregon State but will probably have to sit out a year because of NCAA rules. He is the son of Jack Del Rio, former NFL player and defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos.
Current Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion will be a senior next season.
Two question marks on signing day were Texans Datrin Guyton and Bright Ugwoegbu. Guyton, a 6-foot-4, 180-pound wide receiver, and Ugwoegbu, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound linebacker, both drew interest from other schools but signed with Oregon State.
Offensive lineman Kammy Delp, who had verbally committed to Arizona State, changed his mind and signed a letter of intent with Oregon State. He went to Twitter to post a picture of himself signing the letter wearing a Beavers hat.
”Officially signed to Oregon State. Going to live it up today,” he posted with the photo.
The Beavers also signed wide receiver Xavier Hawkins out of Knoxville, Tenn. Although small at 5-foot-8 and 165 pounds, Hawkins has drawn comparisons to Brandin Cooks, who also has decided to leave school early for the draft.
Other signees include cornerback Dwayne Williams, a 5-foot-9, 158-pound track star out of Killeen, Texas, and two local players: tight end Ryan Nall, who played for Portland’s Central Catholic, and Tanner Sanders, who is from Corvallis and could play multiple positions, perhaps even quarterback.
Oregon State went 7-6 last season, capping off the year with a 38-23 victory over Boise State in the Hawaii Bowl.
National rankings (Rivals 49; Scout 48).
Best in class: defensive tackle Kalani Vakameilalo of Hawaii.
Best of the rest: Receiver Xavier Hawkins from Tennessee.
Late addition: Offensive lineman Kammy Delp of Pomona, Calif., decommitted from Arizona State.
One that got away: RB Harris Ross of Pittsburg, Calif., has not qualified academically, but still plans to enroll.
NOTE: Mike Riley: ”The beauty of this class was there were no surprises.”