JC center in Beaver orbit

OREGON STATE picked up a junior college quarterback out of El Camino College last month and one of the offensive lineman for the Warriors, Siosifa Moala (6-2, 330), is also on the Beaver radar for the 2007 class. Oregon State is high up on the big man's list, and he hopes a move inside this season will eventually result in a Beaver offer, one that would reunite him with his old JC teammate.

Although it's been reported on the internet that Moala has an Oregon State offer, he said that wasn't the case.

"I don't have any offers yet, I just have a lot of schools looking closely at me," said Moala. "The only school I've really talked to is Troy State but there are a lot of schools that have been talking to my coach and say they're going to call me -- like Oregon State."

Moala, who goes by "Sifa", had a chance to get noticed by the Beavs during Oregon State's recruitment of El Camino QB Lyle Moevao, who signed with the Beavs in June. Sifa's cousin, Eric Moala, is also a defensive for the Beavers.

"They're looking close at me I guess," said Moala of OSU.

MOALA PLAYED GUARD as a freshman last season but will this year move inside to the center spot, the position he played during his prep years at Morningside High in Inglewood, Calif.

"I'm a dedicated player, I'm a leader on the field, I'm a hard worker and I love to win," said Moala.

To get prepared for the move and to draw the interest of the four year colleges, he's been working six days a week this offseason.

"Summer is just straight football from Monday through Thursday, I have my own workout on Friday and Saturday, and then Sunday of course is church," said Moala. "You have to be working six days a week, it's got to be done. The season is right there."

SOME OF THOSE showing interest in addition to OSU include Utah, Arizona, Illinois, Minnesota, Troy State, Colorado and Oregon. The Ducks were charging after the then-defensive lineman coming out of high school but Moala said his recruitment this time around has yet to really take off. He plans on getting tape of the first few games this season at center out to schools in the early fall.

"I would say Oregon State and I heard Minnesota is looking at me, so that's my top two, oh and Colorado," said Moala. He went on to add he's open to all and while OSU is high on his list, his list of leaders is a fluid one because it's so early in the process.

Moala is on pace to graduate in December, with 3-to-play-2 at the next level.

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