Oregon State likes 4-star hoss

EVERYTHING ON OFFENSE starts up front, college coaches say. If you're solid on the offensive line, you don't have to be picture perfect in some other areas -- yet the results often will be. One of the top prep line recruits in the nation, Scout.com's No. 11 overall prep prospect at offensive guard, Las Vegas' Po'u Palelei holds double digit offers, one of which is from Oregon State.

Palelei (6-4.5, 315) has not yet taken any official visits, but two are tentatively scheduled, both to Pac-10 schools.

Out of Bishop Gorman High, Palelei said his offers list includes Oregon State, Arizona, ASU, Oregon, UW, WSU, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Utah, BYU, UNLV, Texas A&M and Colorado State. Programs like Florida, Alabama, LSU, and Clemson have also been showing him the recruiting love this spring and fall.

"Important to me will be the environment, the education and the coaches," said Palelei.

Washington, Arizona State, UNLV and Oklahoma are recruiting the hardest, he said, while also noting he had been unreachable for a long period of time until recently, having just got his new cell phone.

"Schools have told me I have great footwork, that I move well, block well and get off the ball very fast," said Palelei.

MOST FIGURE Palelei's future is on the offensive side of the ball but a few schools have talked to him about the possibility of playing defense. Either side will allow him plenty of what he loves best about the game -- contact.

"Wherever coaches want me to play, I'll play, a good education is what I'm interested in," said Palelei. "But on offense, I like getting lots of pancakes. Especially when you pull, when you blindside someone and lead your running back to that end zone.

"Defense might be what I love most. Offensive linemen, you know there are rules and everything," laughed Palelei. "On defense, you just go. Get crazy, and go make the tackle."

THE SCHOOL Palelei is most familiar with is Washington, and the Huskies lead for services.

"Washington is my highest - I like the team and I like coach (Tyrone) Willingham especially, and coach (Kent) Baer," said Palelei.

Baer, said Palelei, was down in Vegas recently to take in a practice, and an official visit to the UW is scheduled for sometime during Bowl Week.

Bishop Gorman running back Corey White also plans on taking an official to Washington at the same time as Palelei -- look for an article on Brown Thursday on BF.C.

Prior to the UW trip, an official visit to Tempe and ASU is in the works for the weekend of Nov. 11 for the game against Washington State.

AS A JUNIOR, Palelei was first-team all-state, first team all-region in 2005. In 2005, had 31 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, one sack, 3 quarterback hurries and 16 pancake blocks.

Palelei has been a top performer at the past two U.S. Army All-American combines, and is the only player from Southern Nevada to have been nominated to the 2007 U.S. All-American Bowl this January in San Antonio.

Po'u Palelei profile and video


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