Midwest lineman has Beavs tied at the top

ON OFFENSE, IT all starts up front. If you're solid there, everything else falls into place. One offensive line prospect tripping to Corvallis this weekend is towering 6-foot-7, 280-pound Timi Oshinowo, who excels both on the field and in the classroom just like his older brother. The Chicagoland standout has the Beavs in his Top Two heading into his official visit.

In addition to Oregon State, Oshinowo has been courted this recruiting season by New Mexico, Northwestern, Duke, Stanford and Illinois among others. The Naperville, Ill., product's top two are Oregon State and New Mexico, with Beaver coach Mike Cavanaugh making a lasting impression.

"Right now they're both even," said Oshinowo of OSU and UNM. "Oregon State, I really like their offensive line coach. I got to know him over the past few weeks -- he's a good guy. And a lot of his players appreciate him.

"With New Mexico, I like their program. This past season they had a good year, and had the record to go to a bowl game, but just didn't get in."

Oshinowo is scheduled to trip to New Mexico Jan. 20.

ON HIS VISIT to Corvallis, academics will be a key consideration on Oshinowo's fact finding mission.

"I'm just going to try and find out a lot about their academics," said Oshinowo. "When I go there I'm going to talk to their professors about what courses are available. And then also the players -- what the chemistry is like. Because these would be my best friends for the next five years."

AN EXEMPLARY STUDENT, Oshinowo carries a 3.85 GPA with an eye towards a computer science/graphics major.

Academic and football honors run in the family. His brother, DT Babatunde Oshinowo (6.2, 320), finished up his Stanford career a three year starter for the Cardinal and was First-Team Academic All-Pac-10 three years running. Both of their parents are doctors.

An athletic lineman with a frame conducive to adding muscle, Oshinowo has started every game the past two years for Nequa Valley High. He's a three sport athlete, with varsity letters in football, basketball and track.

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Babatunde (left) shares a laugh with brother Timi Oshinowo after a Stanford 2005 spring practice.

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