Beavs could be close to offering quick DT

HE'S NOT YOUR AVERAGE d-tackle prospect. And he could be close to an OSU offer. Out of Corona, Calif., with a rare combination of size and speed, he holds a pair of early scholie rides. One likes him on D. The other offer, however, is for the 6-0.5, 261 pound wrecking ball to play fullback. The Beavers, he says, have "really caught my attention." All indications are that the feeling is mutual.

Henry Asuega (6-0.5, 261, 4.8) holds offers from UTEP and Idaho State. Showing Asuega varying shades of recruiting love are Oregon State, Colorado, San Diego State, WSU, Washington and Northern Arizona.

Of that group, Oregon State could be closest to becoming Asuega's third offer.

"They said they're probably going to offer," he said. "I'm super interested in them because that's Pac-10. Oregon State has really caught my attention. I'm not sure on when (an offer might be made), they said maybe around this time or maybe later (in the fall)."

MOST SEE ASUEGA as a d-tackle, including OSU, or d-end. But UTEP has offered as a fullback. The Miners' coach, Mike Price, coached Asuega's brother at WSU in the '90s. That brother is now the defensive line coach at Idaho.

"I don't much about UTEP yet but Mike Price coached my brother, Johnny Nansen at Washington State (LB, 1994-96) -- he coaches at Idaho now," said Asuega. "I haven't talked to Idaho a whole lot yet but yes, he's talking to me a little bit," laughed Asuega.

Coaches, including the Beavs', have been consistent in what they've told him they like about Asuega -- his motor.

"They've all said the same thing. They said 'I'd like to have this guy on my defense because he's all over the field, hitting everyone and just killing 'em.'"

UTEP isn't the only one who likes him at fullback. Speaking to his speed, agility and athleticism, Colorado also likes him as a fullback. San Diego State at d-end or d-tackle, Idaho State at d-tackle.

"I like them, and I would like to go there (to ISU) because it looks like I might be able to have a better chance at earning a starting position early," said Asuega.

A school's academics will be important to his decision. Distance, he said, will not be a factor.

Despite missing 40 percent of his junior season after tweaking a knee, Asuega still earned second team all-league honors.

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