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- Portland Tribune - Sports
Oregon State's verbal commitment list rose to 14 over the weekend when Patrick Henderson, a 5-10, 170-pound cornerback-wide receiver from Oakland, Calif., and Al Afalava, a 6-0, 180 defensive back from Kahuku, Hawaii, both told the Beavers they would sign a letter of intent with them.
OSU had 19 athletes visit, including seven prep stars from Hawaii and a pair of players who already have committed Ñ 6-0, 190-pound receiver Anthony Crosby of Stockton, Calif., and Kevin Lopina, a 6-2, 205-pound quarterback from De La Salle High in Concord, Calif. Lopina told OSU coaches he will visit Kansas State this weekend.
Among those on campus was Adrian McCovey, a 6-3, 220 linebacker from Lakewood, Calif., who is rated by Scout.com as the 22nd best prep player in California. McCovey also is considering California, Miami and Oklahoma.
The Beavers brought in three defensive linemen from College of the Canyons, the national JC champion from Santa Clarita, Calif. Ñ 6-5, 270-pound David Stanton, 6-3, 265-pound Dennis Ellis and 6-5, 250-pound Tomi Halai.
Others who made visits include receivers Ruben Jackson, a 5-11, 190-pound JC transfer from City College of San Francisco; Dashan Miller, 6-0, 175, from Riverside, Calif., and Spencer Hafoka, 6-0, 180, from Kahuku, Hawaii; offensive linemen Kainoa LaCount, 6-7, 305, from Kailua, Hawaii, and Ikaika Aken-Moleta, 6-3, 295, from Kapolei, Hawaii; defensive linemen Brashton Satele, 6-2, 240, Tyson Alualu 6-2, 270, and Mika Kane, 6-3, 285, all from Honolulu, Hawaii, and Lapepa Lautule, 6-4, 265, of North Torrance, Calif.; and defensive backs Bret Lockett, 6-2, 190, from Diamond Bar, Calif., and Jerell Harrison, 6-3, 210, from Las Vegas.
Coach Mike Riley and his coordinators, Mark Banker and Paul Chryst, are in San Francisco preparing to coach the West squad for Saturday's East-West All-Star Game. Quarterback Derek Anderson, offensive tackle Doug Nienhuis and defensive back Aric Williams will represent the Beavers.
Ñ Kerry Eggers