A monster recruiting weekend on tap for Beavs

THE BIGGEST OFFICIAL VISIT weekend of the recruiting cycle to date is here for Oregon State and it features a list chock full of three-star prospects on Scout.com …

TE Noah Togiai (6-5, 215) was all but a lock to Utah earlier this recruiting cycle with Kalani Sitake then running the point. But Sitake is now the Beavs’ d-coordinator and Togiai, who is thinking hard about trying to play both football and basketball, is looking hard at the Beavs.

OG James Empey (6-3 ½, 270) holds offers from OSU, Utah and Washington, among others and says headed in Utah is his leader. Empey (pictured above) plans on making his choice shortly after this weekend’s visit to Corvallis. Gary Andersen has said he loves his staff’s ability to recruit – will they be able to swing Empey and nab another would-be Ute?

DT Elu Aydon (6-3, 315) is a soft verbal to Wisconsin and this one has all the makings of a recruiting battle royale between Andersen’s new school and former school. Getting him to flip would be quite a feather in OSU’s cap. A source told BF.C earlier this week it’s 50-50 headed into the OSU visit weekend.

DE Tuly Wily-Matagi (6-3, 220) verbally committed to Oregon State earlier this month, flipping from Utah where he was a longtime pledge. Having family near Corvallis was big, and his athleticism and potential is sky-high.

LB Logan Tago (6-4, 205) has been a longtime verbal to Washington State and like most prospects out of American Samoa because of location and other factors, he’s probably undervalued even though he’s a three-star recruit.

S Khalid McGee (5-10, 180) has been on board with South Florida since the summer. But there was a recent report he was no longer visiting Oregon State this weekend … stay tuned.

DE Simi Moala (6-7, 245) is a very intriguing prospect with his size and skills set. He also looks to hold a strong bond with Sitake and Beaver d-line coach Ilaisa Tuiaki. Headed into the trip, the conventional wisdom is it will come down to Oregon State, Utah and Miami, where he’s scheduled to take his final visit next weekend. But that could all change depending on how this weekend goes …

RB Lopini Katoa (6-1, 190) is the top-rated running back in Utah and a teammate and close friend of Empey. Package deals are often talked about but rarely come to fruition but Katoa looks to be sky-high on the Beavs and you never know. If Katoa does go black and orange, he might not line up in the backfield, with the potential to play strong safety, outside linebacker, running back or slot receiver at the next level.

DE Keivonnis Davis (6-3, 220) was a big get for the Beavs earlier this week. Out of Miami, he flipped to the Beavs from Syracuse in large part because of OSU running backs coach Telly Lockette, Andersen and DBs coach Derrick Odum, who knocked his socks off during an in-home visit. Scout.com describes him as explosive, long and rangy. “Davis certainly has a bright future and a ton of upside to his game,” says Scout.com.

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