BREAKING: Beavs land sought 3-star defenseman

HE GREW UP in California but a school in the Northwest caught his eye at an early age -- Oregon State. He earned double digit scholarship offers as a defensive/offensive line prospect coming off a strong junior season -- including three from Pac-10 schools. And today, after weighing all the decision factors, he went orange and black.

"I verbally committed today to Oregon State," said Thomas Molesi. "I made up my mind yesterday. I talked to my family and they said it was a great decision and will be a good experience for me to go out (of state)."

Molesi, out of Oceanside, Calif., becomes the fifth known Oregon State verbal in the 2009 class, joining C/G Roman Sapolu, QB Sean Mannion, LB Michael Bibbee and TE Tyler Perry. Molesi says he's always had an eye on the Beavers.

"Just growing up as a little kid, every time I turned it on to ESPN, I always saw Oregon State," said Molesi. "And now, in looking at the chemistry the coaches and players have, it just reminded me of how coach (John) Carroll coaches us (at Oceanside). There are times to be serious and there are times to be yourself and have fun and that's one thing I really like about the coaching staff."

IN ADDITION TO the Beavers, Molesi held offers from Arizona State, Washington, Texas A&M, Nebraska, UNLV, BYU, Colorado, San Diego State, Nevada and Boise State. When he first received the offer from the Beavs, however, things changed.

"As soon as I heard they were offering me, it was like a big light bulb went on...And today I decided to verbally commit," said Molesi.

MOLESI CHECKS IN at 6-foot-2, 280 pounds -- be sure and check out the nearly 10 minutes of game tape reels below. He's rated three stars and the No. 32 prep offensive guard prospect in the nation.

But he said he'll be lining up on the other side of the ball for Oregon State.

"It's going to be somewhere on defense," said Molesi. "They haven't found where they want to play me at -- I'm also a linebacker so they might put me on the d-line or they might put me at linebacker.

"They just like my motor. (OSU) just said they love the way I play...and wherever they tell me to play, I'll be happy to do it."

MOLESI SAID weighing the academic factors played a large role in his decision.

"My main motivation is to get my degree," he said. "Football is not always going to be there but if I get the right education, that will always be there for me.

"Every letter OSU sent me they talked about (senior graduation rates) and how their players are looking into bigger and better things in life. That meant a lot to me."

MOLESI PLANS ON taking an unofficial visit to Oregon State in the next few weeks. OSU assistant coaches Reggie Davis and Joe Seumalo ran the recruiting point on Molesi and Davis got the call today.

"The first day I (talked to) coach Davis, I told him...'Coach Davis, I'll be honest with you, I think Oregon State is the spot.' Ever since then we've just developed a great chemistry," said Molesi.

"I feel great about it, I feel like I'm going to be really comfortable at Oregon State with those coaches. (Today), coach Davis said, 'You just made my summer.' I told him I was happy to do it."

Thomas Molesi profile and video

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