The Oregon State Beavers’ football program hosted four athletes on official visits this past weekend for their Homecoming festivities and game against Washington State. Hawaii’s Mo Unutoa was one of the athletes to make the flight over and see what Head Coach Gary Andersen was building in Corvallis.
“I was really impressed with Coach Andersen and the staff out there. I could really tell that the players on the team were very close to one another and shared a special bond as they build the program back up,” Unutoa told BeaverBlitz.
While on his visit, the 6-foot 5-inch offensive tackle from Hawaii’s Kapa'a High School, was hosted by fellow Hawaiian Titus Failauga and Paisa Savea, formerly from American Samoa. The Polynesian community around Corvallis made a big impression on Unutoa that will undoubtedly help the Beavers as Mo continues through the recruiting process.
“Having a bunch of Polys' within the program is definitely a plus, I really like that about them. I felt very comfortable there the moment I got there. It could really help provide that bit of home and family that would be missing at college, for me, if I were to go to Oregon State. ”
While the connection with the Poly community is definitely huge for Unutoa, the other reason for Mo having such high interest in Oregon State is the relationship he has built with the coaching staff; primarily Coach Woods, Coach Yray and Coach Andersen.
“They text with me a lot. The big thing that they keep telling me is that there is a ton of potential right now with the program and in the coming years. They have told me that I have an opportunity to come in early and make an impact then. It’s made me really excited about Oregon State. The honesty in our conversations is a major part that has me so into OSU. Coach Andersen is definitely a coach that I could see myself playing hard for.”
Mo is a member of the LDS church but is unsure at this time if he will be taking his mission upon graduating from high school.
Originally, he had thought about making a commitment while playing at the All-Poly bowl, but plans have changed a bit. He still plans on announcing his commitment in January, it will now be made back home in Hawaii.
Up next for him is a trip to Virginia in December and possibly trips to Utah and BYU after that.