Behind Elu Aydon’s verbal to the Beavs

MASSIVE THREE-STAR DEFENSIVE TACKLE Elu Aydon flipped to Oregon State earlier this week from Wisconsin. There were two key reasons behind the decision.

An American Samoa source who has been in close contact with Elu Aydon and his family throughout the recruiting process tells that Aydon’s verbal pledge to Wisconsin was primarily built on his relationship with Chad Kauha'aha'a.

With Kauha'aha'a now the d-line coach at OSU, that was big in getting him to Oregon State. But there was something else that cinched it ...

The Polynesian pipeline already in place at Oregon State.

From the moment he got to Corvallis, it was an extremely comfortable situation for Aydon at Oregon State. It was mostly about his relationship with the area recruiter and future position coach, the source said, but the presence of the Polynesian players removed any final doubts.

Aydon is the No. 79 rated d-tackle nationally on He’s massive, already listed at 6-3, 315-pounds.

Prospects from American Samoa do not always have the most conducive of diets to football or the training facilities as do their counterparts stateside. So as big as he is already, he might look a whole lot different after a year or two in the Oregon State weight room and at the Beaver training table.

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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