BREAKING: Beavs land Samoan ‘backer

OREGON STATE WAS in the market for a linebacker agile enough to turn and run in coverage, but also physical enough to stop the run. They found such a player in American Samoa, and he'll be signing with the Beavs on Feb. 1.

Oregon State head man Mike Riley, Joe Seumalo and Mike Cavanaugh all visited American Samoa recently. The level of talent there has been rising fast in recent years and this class figures to be a big one at the D-I level.

Among the targets OSU settled on, linebacker Rommel Mageo (6-2, 220), where Samoana High coach Mac Samuelu helped Mageo develop by leaps and bounds this past year.

Things can always change when it comes to delayed enrollment, as Beaver fans have seen over the years, but the plan for Mageo is after signing with OSU next week to grayshirt. When he does get to OSU, however, he'll be bringing both athleticism and power.

"He's definitely headed to Oregon State," said Brandon Smart, the Executive Director of Field House 100, a non-profit that works to help student-athletes go on to college and who has the pulse of the Samoa recruiting scene. "In talking with Coach Riley (and Seumalo and Cavanaugh), they liked the fact that he was really physical. He is raw but he has that ability to turn and run, and also to stop the run. He's a strong kid but he's still athletic enough to get into coverage."

AND HE'S ONLY going to get stronger.

So many Polynesian players are naturally strong but have little to no structured weight training, let alone followed a well crafted nutritional regimen.

"The thing about our kids, and this applies to Rommel, they've never lifted weights," said Smart. "They've only played their junior and senior seasons…So once they get into a college weight program and training table, well…"

AND MAGEO HAS some pretty good genes, too.

His brother played BCS level football, with DT Natanu Mageo having recently graduated from North Carolina State.

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