RECRUITING: Beavers land Midwestern hoss

OREGON STATE has picked up yet another verbal commitment, this time in the form of big offensive lineman Timi Oshinowo. The 6-foot-7, 280-pound steakeater out of the Chicagoland area's Neuqua Valley High will be bringing with him both gridiron and classroom smarts when he arrives in Corvallis later this fall.

Oshinowo, out of Naperville, Ill., gave his oral pledge this week.

"I committed to Oregon State," said Oshinowo. "I talked to coach Mike Riley. He seemed very pleased."

Oshinowo chose OSU over offers from New Mexico and Duke, plus interest from Northwestern, Stanford and Illinois among others.

"I just felt very comfortable down there I was down there on my visit," said Oshinowo.

AN EXCEPTIONAL STUDENT, Oshinowo carries a 3.85 GPA and has achieved a qualifying score. No surprise, given that scholastic achievement runs in the family.

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. Both of parents are doctors.

The book on Timi is that he's an athletic lineman who can easily add bulk and muscle once he arrives in Corvallis and dives into the Beavers' strength program.

Oshinowo, who has started every game the past two years for Nequa Valley High, has earned varsity letters in football, basketball and track.

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