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Monday, December 11, 2006

Santa Ana JC: Jon Ioane verbals to Oregon State

Jon Ioane of Santa Ana JC who originally signed with Oregon State out of high school in 2004 may be heading to Corvallis next season.

Santa Ana Tackle is a Beaver
Brad Hoiseth

It became more of a formality in recent days that one of the top offensive tackles from the Mission Conference was going to pull the trigger and commit to Oregon State. Today he made the call and is excited about the next two years in Corvallis.
Santa Ana (Calif.) Santa Ana College offensive tackle Jon Ioane is a big and powerful offensive lineman with unusually quick feet. Ioane played tight end in high school before playing at Orange Coast College in 2004 and redshirting at Orange Coast in 2005. He received his first offer from Oregon State in May, his second from Iowa State in October, and has reached a verdict in December.

"Coach Hull came by this morning and I told him I was going to Oregon State," Ioane said. "I feel excited, the same way I did in high school.

Ioane is 6-foot-5, 330 pounds and is the #5 offensive tackle in the nation according to JCGridiron.com and the #94 overall player according to Rivals.com. He graduated from Tustin (Calif.) Tustin High School in 2004 and was being recruited by Oregon State, Kansas State and Washington State before committing to Oregon State and failing to qualify academically.

Ioane visited Oregon in October and shortly thereafter blew out his ACL against Orange Coast College late in the season. He will have surgery to repair the knee next week and says he is hopeful to be healthy for the summer.

"I have my surgery next week and I will be ready to go by June," Ioane said.

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