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OSU football: Seumalo makes it official and signs with the Beavers

Corvallis High's Isaac Seumalo dons an Oregon State hat after signing a National Letter of Intent to play for the Beavers on Wednesday. (Steve Gress | Corvallis Gazette-Times)

There was no surprise.

Isaac Seumalo had given a verbal commit to play for Oregon State.

He stuck with it.

When it was time, Seumalo signed his letter of intent and slipped on his OSU baseball cap.

Seumalo’s entire family was on hand at Corvallis High, along with quite a few teammates, other athletes, coaches, teachers and administrators, to celebrate his decision.

His father is OSU defensive line coach Joe Seumalo and the family is close to offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh and his family.

“I know the whole coaching staff and I love them to death,” Seumalo said. “So it was an easy decision with the other people that made it easy for me.”

So Seumalo never really wavered, despite becoming one of the top offensive linemen recruits in the country during his senior year at CHS.

He was a first-team all-state lineman on offense and defense at the 5A level.

The stock kept rising after the season.

Seumalo impressed in the UnderArmour All-America Game, boosting his reputation.

He was ranked as a five-star offense lineman and the top offensive guard in the country by Scout and four stars and the No. 3 guard by Rivals.

“We’ve known Isaac for a long time and we really left no stone unturned in recruiting Isaac,” OSU coach Mike Riley said. “Because he’s Joe’s son and Joe is our defensive line coach, we did not take anything for granted.

“I think that in doing that we were being fair to him because he ended up being one of the most highly recruited guys on the West Coast. He basically could have chosen where he wanted to go in the country.”

That had Beaver Nation a little nervous.

When USC came calling, Seumalo decided to go ahead and make an official visit.

He toured the campus and the coaches made a good selling point that there will be a lot of top players back.

Seumalo admitted that he was tempted by the experience.

“It was cool down there, but I committed here and it just reconfirmed my decision to come here,” he said.

“I just knew that if football didn’t work out I knew I could see myself living here as compared with USC.”

Despite playing at a high level on both sides of the ball for the Spartans, Seumalo expects to play offense.

The opportunity to play for Cavanaugh was a big plus for Seumalo.

His father and Cavanaugh coached together at Hawaii in 1999 and 2000 and reunited in Corvallis in 2006.

“Coach Cav was huge,” Seumalo said. “He’s like a second dad to me and I love the guy to death. I knew he has a great track record so I know he’ll take care of me, which is what I want out of a coach.”

Seumalo has actually met several of his future offensive line teammates and talked to some of them about joining him at OSU.

Garrett Weinreich, who played basketball with Seumalo when they were youngsters, is in, as is Josh Mitchell, Gavin Andrews and Grant Bays.

“I did my part,” Seumalo said. “I opened the door and showed them, along with the coaches and everybody. It’s always their decision.

“I couldn’t force them one way or another, I’d just tell them that, ‘you play with me and we’re going to win games.’ ”

The Beavers signed seven offensive linemen total, with Stan Hasiak and Chase Eldredge rounding out the class.

Seumalo is the rare polished gem of a recruit for the Beavers and he might wind up playing right away.

He certainly has the size. He’s listed at 6-foot-3, 280 pounds but says he’s now weighing in at 292 or so.

“It’s not up to me,” Seumalo said. “I’m just going to go out there and do my best and whatever happens, happens.”


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