UW hot on the trail of future Beav?

RECRUITING DOWN THE stretch doesn't only mean landing big time targets and putting the finishing touches on the class -- although Oregon State has certainly done that over the last week. It's also about holding onto the guys you already have. The Washington Huskies have a new staff and '09 spots to fill, and this past weekend tripped out and offered one of Oregon State's verbals from Hawaii.

Defensive end Mana Rosa verballed to Oregon State back in October and took his official visit to Corvallis the week before last, giving the black and orange experience rave reviews.

But a few days later, the 3-star prospect from Wailuku was on a plane to Seattle, with the Huskies playing host to the 6-3, 245-pounder on an official.

Post-Husky visit, however, Rosa says he's not wavering on his Beaver commitment.

"It was alright, the (UW) trip, but I'm still committed to Oregon State," said Rosa.

IN HAWAII YESTERDAY were OSU head man Mike Riley and defensive coordinator Mark Banker, and the Beaver coaches spent considerable time --- four hours --- sitting down and visiting with the Rosas.

"Coach Riley (was here) on a home visit," said Rosa. "It went good...We were talking about my trip to Washington and I told him yeah, it was a trip, for the experience of it. I had never been to Washington and it was just something new. He said, 'That's good. Are you still committed to us?' and I said yes, that I was still committed to them.

"They were here for maybe about four hours. We were talking the whole time."

Enough time to talk over academics and all things and manner Oregon State for a future Beaver and his family. And also time for the coaches to fill up on a good home cooked meal, cake included.

"(Riley) really liked the food that we provided him," said Rosa. "We had steak and shrimp...we even made a cake and we gave him the recipe for that cake so that when I go up there, they can make that cake for us."

OREGON STATE HAS built and mined a significant recruiting pipeline to Hawai'i during Riley's time in Corvallis. And while competition looks to be increasing each year for those Island prospects from other Pac-10 schools, including the UW, Oregon State also looks to be well established in the Islands.

The Beavs also appear to be pointed towards strongly recruiting the Aloha State for future classes to come .

"We talked a lot about academics, the weather in Corvallis, everything -- we talked about how in Corvallis, the players react when they see more Polynesian kids getting there and then how they're getting through college on football scholarships," said Rosa. "They talked about how Hawai'i each year is (producing) more and more (D-I) players.

"And they're pretty happy about having a Hawai'i guy (in the class) and having a lot of Hawai'i people on their team."

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