JC lineman highly interested in OSU offer

Alex Fa'agai could play both d-end and d-tackle

SACK MACHINE Alex Fa'agai holds an Oregon State offer and will take an official visit to Corvallis less than a month from now. Despite a published report, the Foothill College defensive lineman has not verbally committed to Oregon State but says he's certainly interested in the Beavers. Very interested.

"I didn't commit to Oregon State," says the 6-foot-4, 265-pound Fa'agai. "(But) I'm really interested in them. Highly interested."

Coaches Danny Langsdorf, Mike Riley and Greg Newhouse are all recruiting the native Hawaiian for Oregon State. All have made a lasting impression.

"I love their program," said Fa'agai. "And I like the Pac-10. It's closer to home."

Besides Oregon State, who offered a couple weeks ago, Kentucky has offered Fa'agai a full ride. And the thought of playing against the likes of Alabama, LSU and Georgia is also a strong consideration for Fa'agai.

"Oh, SEC! -- that's all I've got to say," remarked Fa'agai.

OTHER SCHOOLS IN the running include Boise State, Washington State, UNLV and Arizona. But time is a factor.

Fa'agai is on pace to graduate from Foothill this year, meaning he'll be eligible to sign with a school beginning December 21. His two visits scheduled are for Oregon State the weekend of December 2, and for Kentucky on December 16.

Fa'agai has put on about 15 pounds this past season and now checks in at 6-foot-4 and 265 pounds. Oregon State has talked to him about playing both defensive end and defensive tackle. Moving up and down the line this season at Foothill JC, he racked up 10 sacks through seven games before spraining his MCL.

Fa'agai will have three years to play two at the next level. Factoring into his decision will be the team chemistry and campus environment.

Oregon State's already received one verbal commitment from another Foothill standout this recruiting class -- Keith Robertson. The 6-foot-3, 240-pound defensive end originally signed with Oregon State in 2003 before going the junior college route.

Over his prep career at Independence High, Fa'agai was named his league's Most Valuable Defensive Player his senior season. A team captain, he also garnered first team all league honors. Fa'agai was also an all league selection both his junior and sophomore years.

NOTES:
The mid year JC transfer signing date period runs from December 21, 2005 through January 15, 2006. For JUCO players who graduate in the spring, the signing period is the same as for prep seniors -- February 1, 2006 through April 1, 2006.

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