Seattle o-lineman has Beavs in top four

RATED THE NO. 6 offensive guard prospect in the Nation, Alameda Ta'amu out of Seattle holds two Pac-10 offers, including one from Oregon State. The 6-4, 330-pounder out of Rainier Beach High boasts size and strength according to, who also rank him the third overall prospect in the state regardless of position. What will factor into his decision? Location. Location. Location.

Oregon State opened a number of eyes with the 10-win season last year. But distance from family and friends will largely factor into where Ta'amu is lining up next year at this time.

"They did good last year," said Ta'amu of the Beavers. "I just want to go somewhere close, Pac-10, and somewhere close to Washington, close to my parents."

The Beavs are in Ta'amu's top four, but they and everyone else trails the local school, the UW.

"I'm thinking right now Washington, Hawaii and then Oregon State, Arizona," said Ta'amu of his top four.

Since Sept. 1, Ta'amu said he's received calls from Washington, OSU, Hawaii and others. In addition to those three, he holds offers from Idaho, New Mexico State and Portland State. Camp appearances earlier this summer included those at USC and Oregon.

ONE OF THE POSSIBLE DESTINATIONS Ta'amu says, one seemingly at odds with the distance factor, is Hawaii.

"If I go to Hawaii-- I really haven't been there so I don't know that much about them," said Ta'amu.

The question naturally begs then, what is it about Hawaii that they're one of the four schools high on his list? The answer lies in his heritage and, (while OSU and the UW also have a presence), how that's represented on the Warriors' roster.

"There's a lot of Polynesians there," he said.

Ta'amu has one official visit scheduled thus far, and it's to Hawaii on Dec. 1. He has already unofficially visited Montlake. And it's the Huskies who have been in the driver's seat this recruiting season.

Ta'amu cited the Husky coaches as the staff he's made the strongest bonds with, plus there's also one very important advantage the Huskies hold over the field. It's one history has repeatedly shown often trumps any and all else when it comes down to who a prep prospect signs with on Letter of Intent Day in February.

"My mom really wants me to go there," Ta'amu told a few weeks back on the subject of the UW.

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