A BIG GET: Andersen flips Wisconsin pledge

MASSIVE 3-STAR DEFENSIVE TACKLE Elu Aydon (6-3, 315) flipped his verbal commitment on Monday night from Wisconsin to Oregon State, independent sources tell BF.C. It's a big get for Gary Andersen, and not only because he'll be coming to OSU rather than Wisconsin.

Elu Aydon is the No. 79 rated d-tackle nationally on Scout.com and guys who come from Pago Pago, American Samoa tend not to have the same amount of material for recruiting analysts to pour over.

In other words, while No. 79 and three-stars is nothing to sneeze at, the Leone High product might be even better than advertised.

Aydon certainly looks the part, despite having bounced around the Pacific for most of his life. After seventh grade, Badger Nation reports, Aydon moved from American Samoa to the Hawaii and the island of Oahu for eighth grade. He attended Honolulu St. Louis High for his freshman year. After that, Aydon came back home to American Samoa.

Aydon’s area recruiter at Wisconsin was new OSU d-line coach Chad Kauaha’aha’a and they formed a very tight bond.

Aydon initially verbally committed to Andersen and Kauaha’aha’a at Wisconsin over offers from Colorado, Hawaii and Nevada. He has some rawness to his game as most American Samoa prospects do -- but he also has that natural power and explosiveness schools look for in a Pac-12 d-tackle.

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