Beavs looking to add LB for this season?

OREGON STATE MIGHT NOT be done yet adding to its 2011 class. A junior college linebacker out of Snow, Robert Atiga, is weighing offers between Oregon State, Washington, Utah and others. He also tripped to all three of those schools last month. And he has a leader..

And that's Oregon State.

"Oregon State is my leader right now," Robert Atiga told "My ties to Washington are with Johnny Nansen, he's my uncle, so I know him well and I feel real comfortable with him and I liked the visit there, but with Oregon State, the coaches there are awesome and I loved the small town, college town feel about it.

"I'm from a small town myself. Snow isn't in a big town (Ephriam, Ut.) so I'm used to the smaller towns and I loved it (in Corvallis).

"Right now I have three great schools to choose from and Arkansas could end up being better than all of them, but I need to get out there and see if for myself before I can make that decision.

"Things have been going good for me. I've taken official visits to Utah, Oregon State and Washington and I'm heading to Arkansas next weekend (May 13th) and then when I get back I will commit to someone."

Atiga visited Utah on April 8th, Oregon State on April 15th and Washington on April 22nd.

As a redshirt freshman last fall, Atiga played the weakside linebacker position for the Badgers and posted nearly 60 tackles and five sacks and he said that is the spot all of his suitors want him to play.

"They all like the way I pursue and how quickly I get to the ball," Atiga said. "I love to play sideline-to-sideline and to make plays for my team.

"I'm working really hard on my coverages, dropping back and being more aware, but I'm probably best against the run and at blitzing."

Atiga is on pace to graduate later this month and will have three years to play three wherever he ends up.

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