Mike Riley and his Oregon State staff have been, dare I say, busy as Beavers locking up some of the best football talent the state of Oregon has to offer the recruiting class of 2004. The latest standout to commit to the Beavers is running back T.R. Smith (5-11, 180, 4.45) from Portland (Ore.) Jefferson.
Smith is an outstanding talent who was recently selected by Rivals as one of the best running back prospects on the west coast.
Smith is a running back with multiple skills. He will play quarterback his senior season but has the talent and versatility to play a variety of positions for the Beavers.
Smith was being recruited as an athlete and that is exactly where he will begin his career with the Beavers.
Smith could end up playing a variety of positions for the Beavers. He has the ability to play safety, has good enough hands to play wide receiver and of course the running skills to play running back.
As a quarterback in 2002 he threw for 850 yards and he added another 870 yards on the ground. His rushing yardage was good enough to lead the team.
Smith has a very impressive 35-inch vertical jump and has he has pretty good strength too as is 19 reps on the bench press at 185 pounds would indicate.
Oregon State as we mentioned as a staff are very astute talent evaluators and they were first to offer Smith who was somewhat of a sleeper.
Smith accepted making Oregon State look good in the bargain.
Smith has other recruiting interest from Cal, Washington, Washington State, Portland State and Idaho.