Three's a crowd

Mike Riley arrived in Hawaii early Tuesday to meet with a half-dozen recruits. One of those recruits was OL Kainoa LaCount who verbaled to OSU late Tuesday.

LaCount is the third Hawaiian in the last month to give his verbal to Oregon State. Tyson Alualu from St. Louis High and Al Afalava from Kahuku HS are the other players.

The 6-7, 315-pound senior was named to the Honolulu Advertiser's first team offense. Alualu and Afalava also garnered first team honors, but on the defensive side of the ball as a linebacker and defensive back respectively.

LaCount was widely regarded as one of the top offensive linemen in Hawaii. He blocked for the Oahu Interscholastic Association's leading rusher, Damien Torres, who averaged 149 yards a game on 8.7 yards per carry.

Like many of the offensive lineman OSU is bringing in LaCount is aggressive and mobile. The Honolulu Star Bulletin commented that LaCount "led everyone in the trenches" in 2004.

Arizona State and Michigan were also interested in LaCount's services.

LaCount also plays center for Kailua High's basketball team, the Surfriders, who are 0-4 this year. According to the Honolulu Star Bulletin he is one of the state's top centers despite being hampered by a recent ankle injury.

Six players from Hawaii - Spencer Hafoka and Al Afalava of Kahuku, Tyson Alualu of Saint Louis, Mika Kane of Kamehameha, Kainoa LaCount of Kailua and Brashton Satele of Pac-Five/Word of Life visited the OSU campus on the first week in January.

Three of the six have verbaled to OSU so far.

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