Chicagoland hoss high on Beavs

GLANCE OVER THE 2005 Oregon State football roster and you'll see no less than 13 states are represented, including a pair of players from Illinois. Timi Oshinowo, a 6-foot-7 offensive lineman from just outside Chicago tripped to Corvallis this weekend and offered up a rave review for the Beaver program.

The Beavers now lead for Oshinowo (6-7, 280) following his OSU visit and into what looks to be his final official trip this coming weekend to New Mexico. Duke has also offered.

"Oregon State's a little bit ahead right now," said Oshinowo. "Right now I really like Oregon State."

The Naperville, Ill., hoss said a number of things in Corvallis caught his eye this weekend, but the facilities at Oregon State were, to say the least, impressive.

"The highlights were the facilities, and I really liked coach (Mike) Riley," said Oshinowo.

Offensive line and assistant head coach Mike Cavanaugh was also among those lauded by Oshinowo.

"I really liked the place," said Oshinowo. "I really liked the players and I really like the offensive line coach -- coach Cavanaugh."

AN EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT, Oshinowo carries a 3.85 GPA. He is leaning towards a computer science/graphics major.

His brother, DT Babatunde Oshinowo (6.2, 320), finished up his Stanford career in 2005 as a three year starter for the Cardinal and was First-Team Academic All-Pac-10 three years running.

The book on Oshinowo is that he's an athletic lineman who can easily add bulk and muscle once in a college strength program. Oshinowo, who has started every game the past two years for Nequa Valley High, has varsity letters in football, basketball and track.

In addition to Oregon State, Oshinowo has been courted this recruiting season by New Mexico, Northwestern, Duke, Stanford and Illinois among others.

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