Corner target likes Heyward's swagger

CORNERBACKS ARE KNOWN for their swagger but one Oregon State target who this week received a black and orange offer says the Beavers' cornerbacks coach has some swagger of his own. With OSU's starting CB tandem from last year entering their senior campaign, sought prep standout Osahon Irabor out of Upland, Calif., where the Beavers plucked TE John Reese from, talks Beavs, OSU coaches and more.

But competition is fierce, as Irabor added his eighth and ninth offers to the mix this week.

Upland (Calif.) cornerback Osahon Irabor continues to stock up an impressive array of offers, and Boise State and Oregon State were the most recent school to get in the mix.

Oregon State offered Irabor earlier this week.

"Receiving another Pac-10 offer last night was awesome," said Irabor. "I was excited to hear from Coach (Keith) Heyward of Oregon State about a scholarship offer. Oregon State is a great Pac-10 school with a successful recent past."

The Beavers have a former Upland Highlander on their current roster in tight end John Reese, who had an excellent showing in spring practices just recently for the Beavs.

"A couple of years ago, John Reese went there and is fighting for a current starting spot this year. (So it's) good to see an Upland graduate already there so I can ask questions on how the atmosphere is up there and the energy around campus," said Irabor. "Coach Joe Seumalo has been in constant contact with (prep) coach Esquivel about me and Coach Esquivel told me that Oregon State was very excited about my highlight tape. Coach Seumalo passed it along to Coach Haywood and the rest is history.

"When I was talking to coach Heyward over the phone it seemed like coach Heywood had a certain swagger as far as cornerbacks are concerned. Their attitude and philosophy is that at OSU corners dominate the competition and play with a certain mean streak. I plan on taking a half day camp first week of June at Oregon State, and then the next day at Oregon I will be in the Nike Camp."

As a junior, Irabor had 49 tackles, three interceptions, two blocked punts and a safety and added 16 receptions for 325 yards and two touchdowns.

Arizona, Arizona State, California, Nebraska, Northwestern, Oregon and Wyoming have previously offered Irabor.

Meanwhile, the Broncos offered Irabor late last week.

"When i think of Boise State football I think of a program with great tradition and a program that is competitive every year which is big for me because I'm all about competing," said Irabor. "I want to attend a school with a solid foundation and a team with a great coaching staff and players like Boise has shown in recent years."

Upland's staff has a Boise State alum and he's spoken highly of the Broncos staff.

"My linebacker coach, Coach Chris Barrios, is a Boise State alum and he has nothing but great things to say about Coach Peterson and Coach Tuivai," said Irabor.

The Broncos have also offered Irabor's teammate, quarterback Josh Nunes.

"My teammate Josh Nunes was excited about his recent trip to Boise as well. He said it was a beautiful atmosphere there," said Irabor. "I also feel like I have a good connection with Coach Tuivia who has been recruiting me. I had an instant liking to him when I first met him. Coach Barrios spoke very high on him as well. It's always good to hear from a former player like Coach Barrios because they actually went through the recruiting process and experienced playing there at Boise State first hand. IM very excited about there offer to me and looking forward on getting an opportunity to visit them in the future."

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