Beavs in sought Cali hoss' top five

A SEASON ENDING injury suffered this spring is expected to wipe out the senior campaign of one of the Golden State's top offensive line prospects. But it has not, however, diminished the interest of the schools recruiting him. The 6-foot-4, 300-pounder out of Corona, Calif., has narrowed things down a bit and has a top five. Oregon State is on the list.

All things being equal, Max Tuioti-Mariner is leaning towards staying out West and will also verbally commit to a Pac-10 school, although he also hasn't closed the door on anyone at this stage and a school like Hawaii has a familial draw.

When asked what he likes about the Beavers, the first thing mentioned is Mike Cavanaugh, the Beavers' offensive line coach.

Tuioti-Mariner is familiar with the Oregon State program, having seen his older brother Clarence, now a defensive tackle at Hawaii, recruited by Cavanaugh and OSU.

"I like the coach there, coach Cavanaugh," said Tuioti-Mariner. "He recruited my older brother, and he's also sent a lot of the guys to The League."

A decision timetable is trending towards later rather than sooner, with the official visits shaping up to be the determining factor. Tuioti-Mariner gave his top five, in order, here at the end of August.

"Number one is Cal, number two is Oregon, number three is Arizona, number four is Oregon State, and number five is still unknown. I want to wait because I want to take all my trips," he said.

Cal, Oregon, Colorado and Arizona have been recruiting the hardest during the slow months of July-August, Tuioti-Mariner added.

Visit dates have not yet been finalized but Tuioti-Mariner said the Ducks want him to come down late in the year, while Cal wants him to visit early.

"I just talked to the Oregon coach and should be taking a visit sometime in the winter, and then Cal would be sometime in the fall," Tuioti-Mariner said.

OFTENTIMES EVEN A highly sought prospect sees his recruiting stock take a sharp drop after suffering a season-ending injury like Tuioti-Mariner did. But that hasn't been the case for the dominating run-blocker out of Corona High, who said he still holds a bushel full of offers.

"They're still recruiting. I tore my ACL in spring ball. It's going good, I'm just rehabbing and I'm still lifting with my upper body. I'm missing my senior year but I have an appointment next Monday so I'll see what they have to say," said Tuioti-Mariner.

Tuioti-Mariner's offers this recruiting season include ones from Oregon State, Cal, Arizona, Oregon, Arizona State, BYU, Ole Miss, Hawaii, Michigan State and Boise State. He was named an all-CIF Inland Division selection and a first-team all-state pick underclass as a junior.

"All the props just go to my coaches," said Tuioti-Mariner.

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