LB w/ Beav offer is compact, fast 240-pounder

MIKE RILEY HAS often referred to Oregon State as "Linebacker U" over the years and among the candidates for the 2013 with a Beaver offer is a compact junior college ‘backer who has an affinity for rushing the QB. Here's the latest on his recruitment.

Samson Faifili out of American River College holds offers from Oregon State, Kansas, Hawaii, Nevada, Iowa State and UNC-Charlotte.

Oregon State showed heavy interest earlier this spring, but things have slowed down since.

"They showed a lot of interest," Faifili. "They came by.. and really liked what I was doing in practice. But I haven't heard much from them (lately)."

Faifili said he hopes to hear more from Oregon State soon with fall camp about to get underway. He said he talks most with Kansas and Iowa State, speaking with them on a weekly basis, and is also hearing more and more from Hawaii.

"I'm just trying to get good grades and focus on training," said Faifili, who said some of his recruiting is going through his junior college coaches.

FAIFILI, WHO CHECKS in at 5-11.5, 240 pounds plays the WIL at American River, but he's also a potential MIK at the next level. He has three-to-play-2 at the next level.

"Most school are going to try me at MIK, I think. Hawaii might let me play outside, letting me do my thing in pass rush and dropping back into coverage. I think (many schools) see me more as a run stopper and then also in the pass rush," he said.

FAIFILI SAID his decision isn't likely to come until sometime during or after the season.

"With the schools that are calling and that have offered, they all have my interest and the trip will be the most important thing," he said. "It's all going to come down to the visit.

"I'll talk a lot with my parents, they are a big part of my decision. I'll have to get everything from the coaches on things like the facilities, the dorms… but after I get that, my parents and I will talk about which school is the best fit for me."

Distance, said Faifili, who played his prep ball in Utah, is not a consideration in his decision.

As a freshman at American River in Sacramento, Faifili racked up 62 tackles, with 8.5 tackles-for-loss and 5.5 sacks.

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