'08 class - The projects

These guys have a ton of raw talent, but need time in the weight room and with the coaching staff before they will compete for playing time.

ATH Jordan Bishop (6-3, 195) - A first team All-State selection at both wide receiver and cornerback as a senior this home grown product is also a track star with great leaping ability. Could have easily slide up to the sleeper category. Will grayshirt and enroll in January of 2009.

OL/DL Colin Kelly (6-5, 250) - This prep tight end earned first team all-league honors as a tight end in his final year of high school football. At 6-foot-6 and just 250 pounds he has a ton of room to grow and the frame to pack on muscle easily. He has excellent footwork and will grayshirt enrolling in January of 2009.

OT Viliamu Nau (6-6, 330) - Another athletic offensive lineman recruit with excellent footwork and a tenacious attitude. At 330-pounds he is one of the largest players on the roster who has two to play two.

DT Stephen Paea (6-2, 295) - A naturally powerful defensive tackle who is still learning his craft and who will have time to perfect his craft as he has three to play three. Signed with OSU in late December during the JC signing period.

DL Taylor Henry (6-3, 235) - An excellent player on a bad team this first team All-League selection has a quick step and plenty of room to pack on the 30-40 pounds and still keep his speed. A grayshirt who enrolled in January of 2008.

OL/DL Castro Masaniai (6-3, 244) - It is still to be determined where Masaniai will line up, but the coaches hope to add some meat to his lanky frame and get him in the 300 pound range.  He is a blue collar type of player who will work hard wherever he ends up. A grayshirt from 2007's class.

OL Rory Ross (6-4, 250) - Another lanky player with the frame to easily add 40-50 pounds.  His high school coach thinks it is skies the limit for this second team all-league offensive lineman.  Ross grayshirted and enrolled in January of 2008.

OL Una Smiley (6-6, 280) - A decorated offensive lineman in both the prep and JUCO ranks Smiley's football future was put on hold after being shot on a recruiting trip to the University of New Mexico.  The coaches love his size and strength, but it still remains to be seen if he can fully recover from his gun shot injures.


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