CHALK UP ANOTHER Hawaii linebacker for Oregon State. Mana Lolotai, a 6-0, 221-pound 'backer out of Honolulu's Kamehameha High has told he'll be donning the black and orange this coming season. The newest member of the 2006 OSU class -- and the second LB from The Islands and the second oral pledge from Kamehameha -- spoke with BF.C late Tuesday evening.

"I called up the Oregon State coaches (Monday) and told them I had decided to go there," said Lolotai.

Lolotai tripped to OSU back in November and said the close knit community of Corvallis won him over.

"At Oregon State, I liked that it was a smaller town," said Lolotai. "For me, that's what I was looking for, so I could focus and not be distracted. A small town is where I'm from, so it felt comfortable at Oregon State."

Besides the Beavs, Lolotai had received offers from Washington, Utah and Hawaii.

Lolotai took an official visit to the UW last weekend and said it was a tough decision to choose between the two schools. In the end, he let Washington know that Oregon State was the best fit for him.

"I tried calling my recruiting coach, coach (Chris) Tormey but he wasn't available so I left him a message," said Lolotai.

Lolotai becomes the second LB pledge from Hawaii, joining Michael Sipili from Damien Memorial High. OSU verbal and Kamehameha teammate Ryan Pohl will also ink his Letter of Intent to Oregon State on Feb. 1.

THE BOOK ON Lolotai according to his prep coach is that he's a ferocious tackler with football speed -- and better than his 40 time of 4.7 would indicate.

"He has great speed," said Doss Tannehill, head coach at Kamehameha this past season. "He can just get there. And he's a great person. I think it's a really nice fit for him at Oregon State. He's been a three year starter for us and he's just a great young man to be around, I've coached him since he was a 7th grader."

The ties between Oregon State and Honolulu's Kamehameha High run deep, and Lolotai said the coaching staff at Oregon State was a big factor in his decision. Kanani Souza took a a one year sabbatical from the head coaching post at Kamehameha to spend this past season on the Beaver coaching staff.

Lolotai's also a player who enjoys caving in the wedge on a kickoff as much as he does blowing up a running back. He was named second team defense for the Honolulu Advertiser's All-State team and honorable mention for the Star-Bulletin's Defensive squad his senior season.

"I'm looking forward to being there and I just want to contribute all I can towards the team," said Lolotai.

Lolotai becomes the 23rd** known verbal commitment in the Oregon State 2006 class, joining CB Coye Francies, LB Tom Hansen, LB Joey LaRocque, LB Michael Sipili, DT Ismail Abdunafi, LB Keaton Kristick, RB Clinton Polk, DE/LB Marquez Herrod, DL Alex Fa'agai, P/K Kyle Loomis, TE John Reese, DE Keith Robertson, TE/HB/WR Joe Halahuni, OL Mau Nomani, DE Dorian Smith, DT Joel White-Frisbee, OL/DL Alex Linnenkohl, DT Mitchel Hunt, TE Howard Croom, WR Casey Kjos, S/LB Alfred Rowe and OL Ryan Pohl.

**Oregon State also has a soft verbal in S/WR James Dockery.

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