Noah Togiai, Utah Utes football, basketball commit, visiting Oregon State … – OregonLive.com
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Utah commit is intrigued by the new Oregon State coaching staff and and decides to visit Corvallis.
Oregon State has already flipped tight end Tuli Wily-Matagi and dynamic running back Taylor Thomas, but appear to be in the mix for several others, including football and three-star basketball recruit Noah Togiai.
The 6-foot-5, 215-pound small forward and defensive end/tight end will visit Corvallis this weekend and said “it’s a definite possibility” that he commits to the Beavers during the trip.
“It seems like a great place,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to go to a school that will allow me to play football and basketball. They went out of their way and said I can.”
What makes Togiai’s case different from so many other Oregon State-Utah targets is that he has a relationship with basketball coach Wayne Tinkle’s family, having built a rivalry of sorts with Tres Tinkle, a class of 2015 four-star signee.
“About three years ago, I played against Coach Tinkle’s son. We’ve had a rivalry,” Togiai explained. “We play the same position and both of our teams are pretty good. When we met we didn’t like each other, but it has turned out to be a good relationship. The last couple times it has been like a friendship, I guess.”
The combination of up-and-coming football and basketball programs has the two-sport standout intrigued by a future in Corvallis.
“I just want to see how everything is. Oregon State feels like place that is coming up with Coach Andersen getting there and Coach Tinkle,” he said. “I don’t know what will be the deciding factor. I’ll just go with my gut feeling.”
Togiai, who plays at Hunter High School in West Valley City, Utah, originally committed to the in-state school in November of 2013, but last November’s early signing period for basketball came and went without his signature.
Despite that long-term commitment, Oregon State has already closed the gap and appears to be in position to pass the Utes during this weekend’s visit.
“I don’t know if they are the favorite, but it’s pretty even with Utah,” he said. “Utah has the edge a little bit as of right now, but when the visit comes I’ll have a better viewing of (both schools).”
Utah has to be tired of Oregon State’s unrelenting assault on its recruiting class, but it doesn’t appear that onslaught will end any time soon. In fact, that effort appears to have crept into the basketball class as well.
Expect both the Utes and Beavers to know the outcome of the latest installment of the two schools’ recruiting battle before signing day.
“I’ve narrowed it down to those two,” Togiai said. “I’m not expecting to make it to signing day. I’m planning on making a decision beforehand.”
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