Will hard-hitting Akuna sign with Beavers?

SHAYDON AKUNA BRINGS the hammer. So much so, he's been labeled the hardest hitting 2010 prospect in all of Hawaii by Scout.com. With Signing Day less than a week away, the Kapolei standout has two schools in the forefront of his mind. And one of them is Oregon State. He also had a productive in-home visit with the Beavs this week.

Akuna (6-3, 209, 4.6) isn't ready to make his decision, and he probably won't be ready to announce it until next Wednesday's Signing Day. But two schools are in the foreground.

"It's probably Oregon State and Florida State... It's really still open. When we get to Signing Day, then that's when I'm going to make my decision," said Akuna.

Chris Fetters, Northwest Analyst for Scout.com, says Akuna's combination of size, speed and hitting ability that makes him a "very" special athlete.

"He tracks ball-carriers really well from sideline-to-sideline, and with all due respect to Jeremy Ioane - whose YouTube video is quickly becoming the stuff of legend - Akuna is the hardest hitter in the Aloha State this year. He loves to inflict punishment, and should be dynamic at the next level," says Fetters.

AKUNA SAID HE had a solid in-home visit on Tuesday with Beaver defensive coordinator Mark Banker. He also said he officially visited Arizona last weekend but the Wildcats don't look to be in the final picture.

Akuna is listed as the No. 44 prospect in the nation at safety by Scout.com but he said the Beavers, he said, like him at linebacker.

"Coach (Greg) Newhouse, I don't know how to explain it, he just seems like a really good coach," said Akuna.

AKUNA TRIPPED TO Oregon State back in October, but said the good feeling he got from his visit to Corvallis remains.

"It's just the fact I fit in perfect with everyone there at Oregon State. There are a lot of Polynesians there and they made me feel like it was home. I respect the coaches there a lot, they seem like they can pass on to me a lot of knowledge. I feel I can succeed there because of their coaching staff," said Akuna.

Akuna will take his final official visit this coming weekend to Florida State.

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