UPDATED: Robins commits on trip to Corvallis

WITH ALL THE verbal commitments this class, Oregon State had yet to pull in one from one of their key ancillary recruiting grounds -- Hawaii. That has now changed. Na'Alii Robins, a 6-foot-3, 242-pound defensive end from the Saint Louis School in Honolulu, verbally committed to the Oregon State Beavers while on his official visit to Corvallis this past weekend, he tells Scout.com via text message.

"Yes I did," Na'Alii Robins, out of Honolulu's St. Louis High, said when asked if he had made a commitment while on his visit.

A little later on Monday, we were able to catch up with Robins for more on his decision. He had to think long and hard about not making his commitment right there and then while on the OSU campus.

"Yeah, I did think about it," he said. "But I wanted to make sure I talked to my family about it. We talked about where I would feel comfortable. It was a family-like environment there, and I could see myself going there for the next four or five years."

He made the trip with his dad, Jason.

"Alii did verbally commit yesterday when we got home after discussing with our family," Robins' father Jason also said, via text. "He's excited, so are we. He really enjoyed the coaches and the people that surround that program."

"He loved it," Alii said of his father's thoughts. "He wanted me to go to Oregon State. He liked the school, the coaches...he liked a lot of things."

Robins said the highlight of his visit was "chillin'" with the coaches, especially OSU head man Mike Riley. "I bonded with most of them," he said of the coaches. "(Riley) talked to me about how good the school is and how badly they wanted me."

Robins was in town to see the Beavers defeat Arizona State 31-28. He said he envisioned himself playing defensive end for them as the Beavers took care of business. "It was awesome," he said of the game. "It was a great experience."

With his verbal commitment taken care of, will Robins take any more official visits? "No," he said. "Not at all."

Now Robins and his Crusader teammates will focus on getting through their ILH season undefeated. They are currently 4-0 and will be playing Iolani at Aloha Stadium this weekend.


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