A Signing Day surprise for Beavs?

COULD THERE BE a Signing Day surprise in store for for Oregon State fans? With respect to one Beaver prospect, that could well be, if things progress far enough in the next few days. The player in question is a raw, but explosive defensive tackle...

Noke Tago (6-2, 290) out of Leone High in Western Samoa has captured the attention of Oregon State.

Brandon Smart, executive director of Field House 100 in American Samoa, was at last check trying to secure a visa waiver so that Tago could officially visit Corvallis this weekend. It's not known at this time if Tago was able to trip out.

But even if he wasn't able to travel, he may still wind up with Oregon State by the time Wednesday's Signing Day rolls around.

"Oregon State really liked him and how he would fit into their (4-3) defense," said Smart. "Nokie is a raw talent, it's his first year of playing football."

What makes him special out on the field?

"For lack of a better word, he's just an animal, he's relentless," said Smart. "He's humble and quiet off the field but he is the ideal Polynesian d-tackle -- he's physical and he plays with explosion. "He's only been playing a short time but he's been coached well by Pati Pati, the head coach at Leone. He's going to be a good one if we can put him on the plane and get him out there."

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