Flyin' Hawaiian likes OSU

THE FIRST OFFER Joe Halahuni received was from Oregon State. With six summer camps and combines in his immediate future, more full rides could soon be on the table for the Orting, Wash., standout. The Beavs are talking to Halahuni about three possible positions at the next level, and there are over seven minutes of scouting video available to view – from highlight reel catches to bulldozing gallops, plus a 102 yard interception return the Flyin' Hawaiian takes to the house.

Oregon State and Utah are Halahuni's co-favorites -- both have offered. WSU, Oregon, ASU, Cal, Idaho, Montana, Boise State and Eastern Washington are among those others he's hearing from.

Halahuni found out about the OSU offer from Orting High coach Marty Parkhurst.

"I didn't really believe him at first," said Halahuni. "I went through the whole day without really believing it until he got serious later on."

Strong safety and tight end are two positions Halahuni could end up playing at the next level, but Oregon State and coach Mike Riley have talked to him about a few others they have in mind.

"Oregon State, they don't know if they want me at running back, receiver or outside linebacker," said Halahuni. "(Riley) was a really nice guy. He talked to me about their town and school." Halahuni went on to say he'll play anywhere it best helps his team but all things being equal, he'd like to play receiver in college.

LOCATION WILL FACTOR into Halahuni's decision.

"I want it to be close to home," he said. "I don't think I want to go too far."

Over the next few weeks, Halahuni will take in summer camps at Oregon State, Oregon, Washington, WSU, Idaho plus the NIKE camp in Eugene. All will be one day and half day camps.

LAST SEASON, Halahuni had 38 receptions, nearly 1100 receiving yards and scored 18TDs (15 receiving). On defense, he racked up about 50 tackles with 3 INTs, scored 2 defensive touchdowns, including the 100-yard plus return, and a fumble recovery.

In one game, he had 324 yards of total offense. For his efforts as a junior, Halahuni was named to the Class 2A all-state team by the Associated Press. In track this year, Halahuni clocked an 11.4 in the 100 meters.

At the next level, Halahuni hopes to study under a coach who will work him.

"I'd probably like a guy who would be on me all the time, and keeping me on track," he said.

Halahuni is actually Tongan, but the Flyin' Hawaiian nickname, like most of the balls thrown anywhere near him, has stuck. "His athleticism and hand-eye coordination is unbelievable," says Parkhurst. "He can catch better with one hand than anyone I've had with two."

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