VERBAL COMMIT: Beavs land mammoth 4-star OL

JON IOANE originally signed with Oregon State before a junior college detour. The second time around through the recruiting process this fall, the 6-5, 345-pound mammoth offensive tackle took his official visit to Corvallis in early October. But until Thursday, he had yet to make his final decision. No longer. Ioane has come full circle, giving OSU his verbal commitment on Thursday, he's a Beav.

Ioane said the way Oregon State coaches stuck by him was a key factor in his decision.

"I committed to Oregon State today," Ioane told "It was the coaching staff. I actually got injured, I tore my ACL in Week 6 and they still stuck with me. I talked to coach (Lee) Hull, he came out this morning and I made my commitment. He was excited."

Ioane said his surgery is scheduled for next week, he'll enroll at OSU in late May after receiving his AA degree. He also said he expects to be full strength by the time the OSU fall camp session arrives in August.

"I have to take the spring (academic session at Santa Ana College) so I'll be at Oregon State before June, probably late May -- everything is on track right now," said Ioane. "Tell the Beaver fans I'm ready to play."

IOANE CHOSE OSU over interest from California, USC, Utah and others but his ACL injury diminished the interest in some of the other schools who would have been coming after him. He has shown the ability to dominate up front, particularly in the running game. Ioane has an excellent pair of feet and at 6-foot-4 and 315 pounds. coming out of Tustin High, he clocked a 4.93 in the 40.

His senior year at Tustin, Ioane chose Oregon State over Washington State and others but did not receive academic clearance from the NCAA. He was a member of the West Hot 100 as a prep senior, rated as the No. 81 best prospect in the region.

He will have two to play two at Oregon State.

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