Monday, April 23, 2012

Signing Class of 2012 – Defense Oregon State University

OSU reached out as far as American Samoa to land their big bodied Samoan d-tackle. Noke Tago (6-3, 290 / Pago Pago, AS / Leone) will be a big time project after playing his first year of organized football last year. Coach Riley swears by the quality of film from American Samoa and if Tago is anything like former Beaver and now Chicago Bear Stephen Paea (in terms of raw/unknown talent) OSU will keep the Samoan pipeline open.

Caleb Saulo (6-2, 215 / Kentlake, WA / Kent) is the lowest rated 'backer of the group, but will graduate early and be on campus for spring ball which will put him a step ahead of his classmates. Saulo will most likely redshirt, but has great potential down the road. Caleb plays with a little 'nasty' and will be one to keep track of down the road.

Rommel Mageo (6-2, 220 / Pago Pago, AS / Samoana) opened the door to d-tackle teammate Noke Tago and could be a sleeper in this class. Mageo is a bit underdeveloped in terms of technique, but has the physicality and burst needed at linebacker in the Pac-12. Mageo will be interesting to watch develop and how fast he picks things up will determine how soon he sees the field.

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