BREAKING NEWS: Beavs land mid-year DT

OREGON STATE WILL SIGN a junior college defensive tackle as the mid year transfer signing period kicks off tomorrow. The 6-2, 290-pounder has an abundance of natural strength and power, according to one of his coaches. He's still learning his craft but his potential is decidely up there and perhaps best of all, he has 3-to-play-3 for Oregon State.

Stephen Paea, out of Snow College by way of Timpview High in Tonga, is a Beaver.

"A defensive lineman, Stephen Paea, has committed and will sign tomorrow with Oregon State," Tyler Hughes, Snow's offensive coordinator and strength and conditioning coach, told

Paea helped man the WSFL's No. 1 defense in 2007, with Snow holding opponents to an average of just 155 total yards and 12.4 points.

"He's got a lot of strength and power. He's hard to move and hard to handle that way," said Hughes.

Hughes will sign with the Beavs on Wednesday, the first day mid-year junior college transfers can affix their John Hancock on a Letter of Intent. The Signing Period for the mid-year JC transfers runs from December 19-January 15, 2008.

Not only will Hughes have the benefit of going through spring ball with the Beavs as a mid year transfer, Oregon State will also have him for three years as opposed to the normal two seasons of eligibility most junior college players arrive with when they move on to the next level.

"He's actually a three-for-three kid. He redshirted here last year and played just this year. He's still pretty raw and learning, so he's got a lot of upside and potential, but he's got some real natural strength and power that will make him a pretty good player for them," said Hughes.

Stephen Paea profile

A newspaper report citing sources close to the program had Snow offensive lineman Isileli Pau'u as an Oregon State commit but Pau'u said that is not the case. "No, I haven't even talked to Oregon State. It would be nice if I was, but I've never talked to Oregon State. I'm talking to a bunch of smaller I-AA schools like Idaho State...some schools in New York," said Pau'u.

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