OSU and the Grant Sweepstakes

FOUR HIGHLY RANKED Pac-10 prospects from the same high school in Sacramento isn't overly common in the world of recruiting. All are planning to officially visit Oregon State in January.

Grant (13-1) was loaded this year, and a quartet from the school will be in Corvallis next month, likely on either the Jan. 14 or Jan. 21 weekends.

All are rated in the top 50 nationally at their positions by Scout.com.

DT Viliami Moala (6-3, 340) has gotten the lion's share of the recruiting press this year, and he should.

He's a five star prospect, a great athlete and has ridiculous strength – he was already benching 450 pounds when he was a senior-to-be.

But the other three prospects out of Grant are well worth getting excited about, too.

DE Faigame Lopa (6-2, 245) runs extremely well. He's a sack machine. And while the term "good motor" is overused, his revs up to rare levels and stays there. "Relentless" is an apt description.

Lopa, who goes by "Puka", also has some nasty to his game, something Beaver fans complained was in short supply out on the field this past season.

FS James Sample, (6-2, 195) plays downhill against the run, delivers punishing hits, yet still excels in vertical coverage and has good range. He's also nowhere near what he's going to be physically.

Until this past year, Sample didn't invest a whole lot of time in weight training because he also played basketball and ran track – as a sophomore he clocked a 10.9 in the 100-m.

LB Darryl Paulo (6-3, 240) has a lot of strength and a good burst. He also has a higher ceiling than some give him credit for..

His junior season was the first time he played the linebacker position, but it was a natural fit. In time, he could develop into an outstanding middle linebacker at the next level, the kind of guy some Pac-12 schools later rue missing out on.

GRANT THIS SEASON finished 13-1 with its only loss coming to Folsom in the CIF Northern California final.

A package deal, like most all package deals when it really comes down to it, doesn't look to be in the cards for the foursome.

But landing, say, two of the Grant prospects could certainly be a possibility for Oregon State. And with that said, signing just one would be cause for smiles all around Beaver Nation.


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