COMMIT: Coach Cav the big draw for Cali hoss

OREGON STATE's first known verbal commitment in the 2010 class has some pretty decent bloodlines -- his father owns four Super Bowl rings from his days knocking helmets on the San Francisco 49ers offensive line. The son, who projects as an interior lineman out of Huntington Beach, Calif., says he's headed to Corvallis and there was one big reason why -- Beavers coach Mike Cavanaugh.

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Edison High's Roman Sapolu (6-2, 255), son for former San Francisco 49er Jesse Sapolu, made his commitment to OSU sight unseen.

Sapolu said Beaver line coach Cavanaugh was the key reason why.

"Basically it was coach Cavanaugh," said Sapolu. "My dad has some experience with him in the past and he told me he would love to see me develop my game more with him. Coach Cavanaugh used to coach at University of Hawaii and my dad played there.

"They said they like my quickness, footwork and my physical hands." -- Roman Sapolu

"Location (was important) and it's a great program -- but mainly, it was coach Cavanaugh."

Oregon State was Sapolu's lone offer but interest was growing from from Alabama, ASU, UCLA, Washington State, UNLV, Utah, Colorado and San Diego State.

Sapolu said Oregon State likes him at either center or guard. It sounds like he has a pretty good handshake, too.

"They said they like my quickness, footwork and they like my physical hands," Sapolu said.

Sapolu said he'll be traveling to Oregon State this summer for the Beavs' camp.

Sapolu also said he does plan on taking official visits to other schools later this year.

"I just want to experience other stuff," said Sapolu.

( does not list prospects as soft verbal commitments until they actually start setting up those official visits in the fall.)

Sapolu was named second team all-Sunset league following his junior season. Speaking to his athleticism, he also played on Edison's volleyball team as a freshman but has since focused all his attention to his game on the gridiron.

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