Recruiting update on pair of Beaver targets

TWO O-LINEMEN PROSPECTS in the Oregon State orbit are Steven Ayers and Vaughn Lesuma. Ayers, a Bellingham, Wash., prep hoss and Lesuma, a native of Fiji and mid-year offensive tackle transfer out of junior college, were both on official visits this weekend to another Pac-10 school as their recruiting process moves into the final stages.

Ayers had not yet set up an official visit to Oregon State when he spoke to

With the trip to Washington State this past weekend being his first official visit, Ayers said he doesn't anticipate making a decision until sometime after the New Year.

"I have my offer, and definitely (Washington State) is one of my top choices. (The coaches) said 'When you're ready to make your decision let us know, sooner is better but we're not pressuring you,' and I said I'd make my decision as soon as I can. I'm going to try and get this done as soon as possible. I need to get the last visits scheduled and then hopefully then make the decision in early January," said Ayers.

Ayers had most of his Cougar questions answered before he arrived at WSU and said his remaining ones were all answered by the time he left.

"Definitely, I definitely got much more of a clearer picture," said Ayers. "I have a much better understanding of what I'm getting into if I go there...I enjoyed my visit and I liked a lot of things that I saw, and they answered the questions I had."

THE OFFICIAL VISIT was the second for Lesuma, who has only been playing football for two years and has five D-IA scholarship offers. He first tripped to Oregon State during Mount San Jacinto's bye week the first week in October.

"I thought Oregon State had raised the bar pretty high for a recruiting visit but Washington State was an experience I will never forget," said Lesuma. "I was very impressed. I fell in love with it, to be honest."

Still, Lesuma was quick to point out he remains open to Oregon State and others and that he was still "caught up in the moment" after his WSU visit. He has has trips scheduled for Dec. 1 to New Mexico State and to San Diego State on Dec. 8.

Lesuma said the academic presentation, atmosphere and the feeling he got from the Cougar players and coaches all exceeded expectations and mentioned the academics/major presentation of the visit as especially noteworthy.

"Washington State right now I would say is ahead. If I had to decide right now, I would definitely say Washington State...I just fell in love with the atmosphere at Washington State. I did at Oregon State, too, but at Washington State, I felt like I left knowing more, picturing myself (there) more because I knew more about them."

Lesuma is on pace to graduate this term, meaning he could sign his LOI as soon as Dec. 20, enroll at a school in January and be available for spring ball.

"It will be interesting to talk to you a little down the road, when I've had a chance to step back and look at the big picture," said Lesuma.

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