With the signing of Onesimus, it further strengthens the Poly culture at OSU as well as the pipeline between Corvallis and the Hawaiian islands. The 6-foot 5-inch 325-pound offensive lineman finished the season as the #1 OT in Hawaii and the 21st best in the West region according to Scout. Played in the 1st Polynesian All-American Bowl. Named 1st Team All-State by the Honolulu Star Advertiser, the USA Today and OIA. Offensive Linemen MVP at prestigious All-Poly camp. Was arguably the best offensive lineman at the Polynesian Bowl.
LEAD OSU RECRUITER:
Chad Kaua’aha’a – Area
TJ Woods - Position
Just prior to playing in the Polynesian Bowl, named a top-2 of OSU and Boise State. Ended up committing to Oregon State just two days later and cancelling his planned visit to Boise State. Took his official visit to OSU for the Civil War game and cam away impressed with the atmosphere surrounding the game. Chose OSU over known offers from BSU, BYU, Fresno State, Hawaii, and Nevada.
WHY OREGON STATE:
“I chose Oregon State because they have a family based atmosphere and the best college town in the Pac-12. With all that, there is a plan in which everyone believes in that will take us up to the top.”
Incredibly athletic for a 300+ pound athlete… Very strong base with good upper body strength for a high school athlete… Finishes blocks with authority… Strong hands, locks up and finishes blocks… Uses his hands well to keep defensive players off balance… Most physical of the HS linemen that the Beavers recruited this cycle… Played tackle in high school but is slated to move inside at OSU and could be an extremely gifted pulling guard… Will need to cut some weight down from 325, converting weight over to muscle…
Waianae High School Head Coach, Walter Young: (via OSUBeavers.com)
“Onesimus is a great kid, very coachable, and willing to do what’s needed to be done. His attitude is great; he’s very respectful. He has a lot of talent and skill, and wants to be pushed to his full potential.”
INSIDE THE COMMITMENT:
Onesimus was fairly private throughout his recruitment as he didn’t talk to reporters or analysts often and didn’t participate in the camp circuit prior to his senior year (outside of the All-Poly camp). Waited to really address his recruitment until after his high school season had concluded. Was slated to take multiple official visits with the destinations being OSU, Boise State, and BYU. He visited OSU for the Civil War and left with the feeling that he had found where he wanted to play collegiately. Was back and forth on whether or not to visit Boise State at the very end of the recruiting process, but decided it wasn’t necessary and pledged to the Beavers.