Oregon State's Stephen Paea has decided against declaring himself eligible for the NFL draft, according to OSU.

The junior defensive tackle asked the NFL to evaluate his draft status if he gave up his final college season to turn pro. The deadline to make his decision is Friday.

Some draft analysts considered him as high as a second-round pick. After receiving feedback from the NFL and talking with his family, Paea decided to continue pursuing his sociology degree and to work on his football skills for next year's draft.

Paea was a first-team all-Pacific-10 Conference pick last season and won the Morris Trophy, which goes to the conference's top defensive lineman after a vote by the Pac-10 offensive linemen.

A 6-foot-1, 285-pounder with strength, speed and agility, Paea had 43 tackles, three quarterback sacks and an OSU-record four forced fumbles last season.

Paea has played two seasons with the Beavers, and played one and redshirted one at Snow College near Salt Lake City.

Defensive coordinator Mark Banker described Paea as someone who makes an impact every play because of the disruption he causes in the middle of the line.

Recruiting update

Defensive tackle Quayshawne Buckley de-committed from Washington State and plans to join OSU, according to Rivals.com.

The Cougars had him greyshirt, but Buckley said there was a lack of communication during the fall and winter so he changed his mind to the Beavers. He hopes to be with the program in the spring.

Academic issues caused the greyshirt situation, but he expects to have those settled by the time he arrives.

Buckley is from Ontario, Calif., out of Colony High. A 6-foot-4, 290-pounder, he stood out on both sides of the ball.

The Beavers have 11 known commitments. Signing day is Feb. 3.

Gray hired at UNLV

New UNLV coach Bobby Hauck hired Michael Gray as defensive tackles coach. Gray was just hired by Montana as assistant head coach and defensive line coach.

Gray was at Oregon, his alma mater, from 2005-08. Before that he coached two years at Kentucky. From 1997-2002 he was at Oregon State under coach Mike Riley and Dennis Erickson.

 

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