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- Portland Tribune - Sports
Oregon State coach Mike Riley will earn some frequent-flier miles this week. After returning to Corvallis after Saturday's Shrine Game in San Francisco, in which he coached the West in a 45-27 defeat, Riley flew to Seattle on Monday to visit recruit J.R. Hasty, a 5-11, 200-pound tailback who was the Washington Class 3A player of the year. Hasty has made visits to Arizona State, Oregon and Penn State and will visit Washington this weekend.
Today, Riley heads for Hawaii to meet with a half-dozen recruits who have OSU on their shortlist.
• The Beavers' commitment list hit 15 with the addition of 6-1, 270-pound defensive tackle Tyson Aluala of Honolulu, the state's defensive player of the year, who is said to be the top recruit on the islands.
• Because of weather restrictions, only one of three recruits ticketed to visit last weekend made it to Corvallis Ñ Willis Holman, a 6-5, 300-pound defensive lineman from Moses Lake, Wash. The Beavers expect 10 to 12 players to visit this weekend.
• Derek Anderson, who started for the West in Saturday's Shrine Game, completed four of 10 passes for 91 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions and at least two balls dropped. He played only in the first quarter.
'Derek threw some great balls,' Riley says. 'We got him in for some good plays, scored a couple of touchdowns and got him out. É He helped himself (with NFL scouts), I think.'
• Linebacker Jonathan Pollard will play in the Hula Bowl on Saturday at Maui. Safety Mitch Meeuwsen will play in the All-America Classic on Saturday at Las Vegas. Defensive end Bill Swancutt will play in the Senior Bowl on Jan. 29 at Mobile, Ala.
• Danny Southwick, a quarterback who played spring ball at OSU in 2003, will walk on at Utah next season after playing the last two years at Dixie (Utah) JC.
Ñ Kerry Eggers