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Oregon State head football coach Jonathan Smith and his staff added 13 players to his first recruiting class as coach of the Beavers.

Oregon State football coach Jonathan Smith had a plan of action when he was hired in November.

First, it was to finish recruiting the players already committed to the previous staff and bring them into the fold during the early signing period last December.

The focus then switched to the Feb. 7 signing day.

"Then I felt really confident in hiring a staff and getting 10 guys out on the road in January," Smith said Wednesday. "We were going to be able to identify and really recruit some really good players and it played out exactly like that."

All told, the Beavers signed 10 players and added three preferred walk-ons on Wednesday. OSU has signed a total of 24 players including the walk-ons.

On offense, the Beavers added quarterback Jack Colletto, running back Jermar Jefferson, offensive tackles Joshua Gray and Brandon Kipper and guard Griffin Korican.

Smith knew Colletto (6-foot-3, 225-pounds), who played at Camas (Washington) High before spending one season at Arizona Western, from his time as the Washington offensive coordinator.

Smith did not want to overstock with players eligible for one or two seasons and Colletto has three available.

Colletto's physical abilities also fit well with the type of quarterback the Beavers want for their system.

"The skill set he has, he can do a lot of different things," Smith said. "Move and run and throws it really well. Sharp kid. I definitely feel confident he'll add to our quarterback room."

Jefferson (5-10, 205) rushed for 1,861 yards and scored 34 touchdowns for Narbonne High in Harbor City, California.

He also showed the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield with 23 receptions for 372 yards and three scores.

Gray (6-4, 265) who is athletic and has a frame that can add muscle weight. Kipper (6-6, 280) played a season at Hawaii and was a three-star prospect coming out of Columbia High in Caldwell, Idaho.

Kocian (6-5, 315) is a preferred walk-on who will be in the mix at guard.

On defense, the Beavers signed noseguard Ronnie Audette, end Jeromy Reichner, cornerback Jaden Robinson and outside linebackers John McCartan, Semisi Saluni and Matthew Tago.

OSU also added defensive ends Shawn Elliott and Conner Warick as preferred walk-ons.

OSU defensive coordinator Tim Tibesar already was familiar with Audette (6-3, 300), who is from Elk River, Minnesota.

Smith said Audette is athletic for his size.

"He's physical and I think he can move with the size he has," Smith said.

Reichner (6-2, 290) also adds size and athleticism up front.

"We needed an older defensive linemen, we felt, in this class and we were able to land him," Smith said. "I think his maturity will add to that room, as will his physicality."

Jaden Robinson has good height (6-0) for a corner and adds good speed to the position. Smith said Robinson runs a 10.7 100-yard dash.

The one area Smith and the Beavers focused on a little more was getting some longer, taller and athletic players at outside linebacker.

"With the scheme that we want to run and the body types that we're looking for, that was more of an emphasis, for sure," Smith said.

The Beavers will try McCartan to start. McCartan (6-5, 220) also plays tight end.

"(McCartan has) good range, height, being able to set the edge," Smith said. "Can move around and he catches the ball well offensively."

Saluni also fits the bill at 6-3, 220 but won't join the program until after he completes a Mormon mission.

Tago (6-2, 215) was a four-star recruit who also played quarterback at Quartz Hill in Palmdale, California.

Tago decommited from UCLA and was heavily recruited by Nebraska. He reportedly was interested in playing quarterback in college.

Smith said there's a chance the Beavers could run him in the wildcat formation but they want him to stick with linebacker.

"I think we were up front with Matt and told him we think big picture-wise he's going to be the best college player playing an outside linebacker position," Smith said. "He is a good quarterback. He was productive, he does a lot of good things there. But at the end of the day I thought for the next step for his future we sold him that we think he's an outside linebacker."

Smith wants to focus on the Pac-12 area for recruiting and particularly in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.

He has succeeded so far. Four Oregonians and five players from Washington are part of this overall recruiting class.

As a whole, Smith said he likes how the class panned out for the Beavers.

"Overall, feel really, really good about the type of kids we're bringing on and their skill sets and their upbringings and their desire to be at Oregon State," he said.


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