November 19, 2008

Sleeper from Alaska makes pledge

Earlier this month, word got out that Oregon State had received one of their latest verbal commitments from the great state of Alaska and Josh Kaiwi was the young man named. The athletic 6-foot-2, 250-pound athlete from West Anchorage High School had supposedly just made his pledge to play college football for the Beavers, but the truth of the matter is that his verbal to Oregon State had been made long ago.

"I had come into summer camp two days late, so I knew I had to work hard to get noticed," Kaiwi said. "But Coach Joe (Seumalo) saw me and then Coach (Mike) Riley came up to me and gave me a full scholarship (offer). I accepted it on the spot."

Kaiwi didn't hesitate to commit at the time, as he was only getting recruiting attention from Division II schools and he wasn't quite sure how much interest he'd generate his senior year. But even when schools like Oregon and BYU came calling after an All-Conference season at West Anchorage - he earned CIC First Team honors as a tight end and Second Team honors as a defensive end - he's sticking with the Beavers.

"I really want to go to Oregon State," Kaiwi said. "It's a comfortable place for me as I like small places. When I was there, I was watching the team in one of their weight training sessions and I liked how intense they were. Seeing the boys down there, I want to be in the program with them."

Kaiwi earned his scholarship by blowing away Seumalo and Riley in camp with the defensive ends.

"They really like my explosiveness and speed off the ball," Kaiwi said. "They also like how I can flat-out run. They tell me that they would like to switch me between defensive end and outside linebacker."

Tim Davis has only been on the job as head coach at West Anchorage for a couple of weeks, but he's well aware of Kaiwi's talents having seen him while serving as offensive coordinator at Service High School.

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