Jack Lomax makes it official at Oregon State
Lake Oswego High School quarterback Jack Lomax, son of former NFL QB Neil Lomax, officially became part of Oregon State's newest recruiting class on Wednesday.
Lomax, Oregon's Class 6A offensive player of the year, had given his verbal commitment to the Beavers well before national signing day. Lake Oswego wide receiver Micah Hatfield joins Lomax in heading to Corvallis.
Lomax and Hatfield had standout performances in the state 6A title game, but the Lakers were ultimately defeated by Southridge 35-21. Lomax completed 32-of-45 passes for 365 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for a team-high 48 yards and a score. Hatfield caught both of Lomax's TD passes.
While Lomax and Hatfield highlighted the Beavers' in-state recruits, Oregon State's highest profile signee was offensive lineman Michael Philipp of Arroyo Valley High School in San Bernardino, Calif.
Considered by many services as a four-star prospect, the 6-foot-3, 320-pound Philipp chose the Beavers over California, Oregon and other schools.
"It came down to where I felt most comfortable. And for me, that was at Oregon State," he said. "My trip to Oregon State was eye opening and I loved it there. I loved the coaches and especially coach (Mike) Riley and (position) coach (Mike) Cavanaugh."
The Beavers intend to play Philipp at left tackle, to fill the hole left by Andy Levitre.
The Beavers capped a 9-4 season by defeating No. 18 Pittsburgh 3-0 in the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas. The lone score of the game came on Justin Kahut's 44-yard field goal. Oregon State — which knocked off then-top-ranked USC earlier in the season — finished at No. 18 in the AP poll.
The Beavers also scored for two sports with the signing of wide receiver Kyrell Hudson from Evergreen High School in Vancouver, Wash. While it's possible Hudson could be selected in Major League Baseball's draft this summer and pass up college, he could opt to play both sports at Oregon State.
Evergreen coach Tom Smythe was quoted as saying that Hudson was one of the best athletes he'd ever coached.
The Beavers also landed receiver Markus Wheaton to the chagrin of Duck fans. Wheaton, who is from Chandler, Ariz., is the cousin of former Oregon cornerback Kenny Wheaton.
Wide receiver Reggie Dunn, who played last season for Compton Community College, could play for the Beavers right away at split end.
Oregon State lost out on junior college defensive back Cory Smith, who chose Nevada instead.
Jordan Poyer, a 6-foot quarterback from Astoria High School, was also on Oregon State's in-state list of signees. Recruited by the Beavers to play safety, Poyer led the undefeated Fishermen to a 19-11 victory over Banks in the Class 4A state title game at Reser Stadium.