OSU comings and goings

OFFSEASON ATTRITION is part and parcel of any college football team's offseason. But what can be particularly tough is when an incoming freshman has a change of heart and decides to hang them up before he even begins.

Two signees from the incoming class at Oregon State have had such a change of heart.

Oregon State signee Fitou Fisiiahi, as later reported in the Oregonian, told KHON2 in Honolulu he has decided to play rugby at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania, rather than football for the Beavers.

Fisiiahi, a 6-foot-2, 240-pounder also had offers from Hawaii, Washington State and Nevada.

"I'm just doing what I love, and that's just playing rugby," Fisiiahi told the TV station. "I don't want to do something that I'm not going to be 100 percent at. So I'm just trying to follow my dreams, where my real dreams (are) at, and that's rugby."

Earlier, tight end Jake Knight said he would forego playing football at Oregon State to focus on track and field.

Back on signing day in February, Mike Riley referred to Knight in saying the Beavs, "need more and more guys like this on our team."

AMONG THE CURRENT roster, linebacker Michael Greer has left the program according to the Oregonian. Greer is apparently headed to a junior college. He isn't the only one to look elsewhere.

Receiver Walter Jones is headed to a new school to focus on track. Jones was the No. 2 flanker behind Victor Bolden this spring.

Tight ends Tyler Perry and Hayden Craig both retired from football due to injuries this offseason.

But with attrition can also come additions. Jacob Wark, (6-4, 250), formerly of Cal, is walking on at OSU for his senior season.

Coming out of Jesuit as part of the 2010 class, Wark started seven games in 2013 and caught seven passes for 74 yards and was also the team's third-leading kick returner. His playing time diminished under new Cal coach Sonny Dykes this past season.


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