DE planning Corvallis trip

OREGON STATE has long enjoyed strong recruiting ties to the state of Hawaii, and on the radar of OSU for the class of 2007 is a tall defensive end from The Islands -- 6-foot-5, 250-pound Viliami Haunga. An official visit to Corvallis has been rescheduled for later this month, while another Pac-10 school plans to come by for an in-home visit later this month.

Haunga said he's hearing most from Oregon State, Arizona State and Hawaii these days. Also in the picture is San Diego State.

A planned trip for this past weekend to Corvallis was pushed back.

"I think it's going to be on the 21st now," he said.

The Star-Bulletin All-State second-team selection said his preference would be to head out of state for his college ball but he also said he's not too picky.

"To me, I don't really care, I'll take the best offer," said Haunga, out of Wahiawa's Leilehua High.

ALTHOUGH IT has been reported Haunga has scholarship offers on the table from Oregon State, Arizona State and San Diego State, he said most of the recruiting communication has taken place through his prep coach and he has not yet been offered a scholarship.

"Right now I'm under the radar. I'd like to go to Oregon State or Arizona, I haven't been to the mainland before...I guess they told my coach the reason they want me is my height," he said.

Haunga also said Oregon State has caught his eye this year because of what they did on the field this year.

"I just like the way the run their defensive scheme, I think they have one of the best schemes out there," said Haunga.

Haunga said ASU would be coming by for an in-home sometime later this month, with a possible official visit to follow.

"I have to say thank you to my coaches and my fellow teammates just to show gratitude to them. My point of view is if it wasn't for them, I wouldn't be in this spot," he said.

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