February 14, 2011

Scouting Report: the defensive front

It was no secret that the Beavers needed to do some serious recruiting on the defensive line and that is exactly what they did. From signing cornerstone athlete Dylan Wynn to adding many talented athletes who could see the field at defensive end and tackle, Coach Joe Seumalo has got to be pleased with the group of athletes he has to work with in the years to come.

From athletes Lavonte Barnett and Desmond Collins to junior college players Blake Harrah and Rudolf Fifita, the Beavers are building depth since injuries have depleted the defensive front recently. Brandon Bennett, Akeem Gonzales, and Na'alii Robins round out the group.

The BeaverBlitz Scouting Reports are based on the experience we've had
at the NIKE and College Camps in addition to first hand accounts from high school
and junior college coaches that have worked with these players. We take into
consideration information from the player, the physical attributes of each athlete,
and information from other evaluators. We have taken the time to do film evaluation
of each recruit. We've also tracked many of the in-state athletes through out
their high school careers. The following comments are strictly our observations
and opinions and do not reflect those of the Oregon State coaching staff.


LAVONTE BARNETT • ATH • 6-2 • 215 • 4.96 • 5.6 • Lancaster, CA

On the Hoof: Barnett plays both ways for his high school team and it is an option for him to play either offense or defense at Oregon State.  Because of his athletic ability he could either play h-back, MLB, or defensive end for the Beavers.

Needs Improvement: Barnett as a very athletic body, but could use some added bulk to his body.  He has decent size at 6'2", but bulk will be needed.  Depending on where he ends up will depend on how much extra bulk Barnett should add.  Barnett could also work on getting off the block.  He sometimes tends to engage the blocker longer than wanted.

Most Impressive: You have to be impressive by his motor.  Even if the ball is on the other side of the field Barnett is making an attempt to go after it.  Barnett is a sure tackler also and makes tackles chest to chest instead of arm tackling.  He also likes to lay a hit which is something Beaver fans are going to love to see in the future.

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