BREAKING NEWS: Beavs land Hawaiian DL

BETTER PRIME THE PUMP, because the prep football pipeline to Oregon State out of the talent rich state of Hawaii just keeps on flowing. The Beavers hosted a d-line prospect from The Islands this weekend in Corvallis and the young man from Honolulu -- a recruit his high school coach calls a real asset and team leader -- will ink his LOI to Oregon State on Wednesday.

Tonu Tuimalealiifano is headed to Oregon State.

"When I spoke to him this morning, he said that he had committed to Oregon State," Farrington High head man Randall Okimoto told BeaverFootball.com.

Tuimalealiifano chose Oregon State over interest from Hawaii, UNLV, Idaho, Idaho State and others.

"Tonu is one of those quiet leaders," said Okimoto. "His teammates really respect him. In meeting with some of my guys after the season, I had about 15 of them tell me it was because of Tonu that they came out during for the offseason training and all that extra stuff. They all mentioned his name. I was a little taken aback by that because he's not very vocal. But that's the kind of influence he has."

He's also a good student, with a 3.0 grade point average and has achieved a qualifying score on the SAT.

Where Tuimalealiifano (6-2, 235) will line up at Oregon State is unclear, with defensive end a possible destination.

"That's a good question, I'm not sure where they want him. He played nose tackle for us and I think it's on the defensive line there because when Oregon State came by here, the defensive line coach was here also. I expect him to gain weight when he goes there." said Okimoto.

Among Tuimalealiifano's honors and accolades this season were All-State Honorable Mention at d-tackle by the Honolulu Star Bulletin and he was selected OIA second team All-Star.

"He's our team captain and one of our team leaders -- he affected his teammates around him so he's not only a good positional player. He is a real asset," said Okimoto.

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