Keiki Misipeka, who runs the Pasefika International Sports Alliance foundation based out of Hawaii and who is working with a number of student-athletes out of American Samoa and Hawaii, tells BF.C three of the athletes they work with in American Samoa have landed scholies from OSU.
In a compressed time frame, OSU’s new staff signed a whopping eight -- eight -- Polynesian recruits this past Signing Day. It follows the Beavs will continue the tact for the 2016 class.
D-lineman L.J. Teo out of Faga'itua High in American Samoa checks in at 6-3, 280-pounds.
“He’s got a lot of nastiness to him. He’s really feisty off the line,” said Misipeka.
Oregon State has also offered a pair of 2017 prospects.
Blessman Taala (6-1, 250) out of Fagaitua High may become the most well-known '17 prospect coming out of America Samoa. He already has three offers, including two from the Pac-12 (Oregon State, Colorado, UNLV).
He’s a versatile prospect who could play a variety of positions at the next level, says Misipeka, including DT, DE, MLB, FB or TE.
And unlike many other Polynesian prospects, who often come to the sport later than those stateside, he’s been playing football a long time.
“He was a man among boys in the grass roots level and is such an aggressive player. He’s gone up against older athletes, and has really benefitted from playing at such a young age,” said Misipeka.
Juliano Falaniko out Leone High has a lot of room to pack onto his 6-4, 200-pound frame.
He could wind up playing safety, linebacker, receiver or d-end at the next level, says Misipeka.
“He’s only going to grow. He’s tall and lanky, and he’s a real athlete,” said Misipeka.
Beavs offer trio from American Samoa
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