Future Beaver counting the days 'til January

ONE OF THE MOST versatile holdovers from the 2006 Oregon State class is Joe Halahuni out of Orting, Wash., who could end up playing at any one of five positions for the Beavers. By grayshirting this fall, the 6-3, 225-pounder will reap the added benefit of being eligible to go through the spring session at OSU next year and get a leg up. Slated for a January arrival, Halahuni says he can't wait.

Halahuni has remained in pretty much weekly contact with special teams and recruiting coach Bruce Read this year.

"He tells me to keep working hard, I want to make sure I'm in good shape when I get there," said Halahuni.

To that end, Halahuni isn't doing much sitting around these days. In addition to holding down a 40-hour a week job, he's been working out five days a week, usually right after work. Come the new year, he'll trade in that routine for a new job title -- Oregon State Football Player.

Where he'll eventually line up for the Beavs is yet to be determined, and his varied skills set mean his home could be on either offense or defense.

"They're not sure -- it could be h-back, tight end, receiver, safety, linebacker," said Halahuni.

Halahuni said he's achieved the requisite test score on the ACT and is just waiting on the official word from the NCAA Clearinghouse. He's traveled to Corvallis for "three or four" of the home games this season.

"I'm going down in January," said Halahuni. "I passed the Clearinghouse as far as I know, I'm just waiting to get word."

WASHINGTON'S 2A PLAYER OF THE YEAR in 2005, halahuni hauled in 38 receptions for 1,000 yards and 13 touchdowns his senior season at Orting High. He was a three year letterman as a wide receiver and defensive back, also lined up at running back, and earned four varsity letters in basketball.

Says Scout.com's Chris Fetters of Halahuni; "A huge target at the 2A level that just dominates, but that's part of the problem with evaluation; you expect a player that size with his skill-set to ruin the competition. So you're still left with, 'How good is he?' How he handles the jump up to D1 will answer that question.

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