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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Signing day countdown: Meet future Oregon State DT Happy Iona

Meet Happy Iona, who if he stays firm in his commitment will become an Oregon State Beaver on national signing day, which is Feb. 3:
  • Position: Defensive tackle
  • Height: 6-foot-3
  • Weight: 283 pounds
  • Hometown: Spanaway, Wash.
  • High school: Bethel
  • 2009 statistics: Not available
Beaver fans should be excited because: Provided he can make it in Corvallis academically, Iona has some physical gifts other players would kill for.

After battling injury problems most of his senior year, Iona will now have to clear another hurdle before he can join the Beavers: Academics.

Gavin Kralik, Iona’s high school coach at Bethel, said that Iona is “struggling” academically right now and that the chance of him being at OSU in the August for the beginning of practice “isn’t looking as hopeful as it once did.”
Kralik expects Iona to sign with Oregon State on Feb. 3, but has a hunch Iona will end up at a junior college for at least a year.

But if and when he does don an orange and black uniform, Kralik likes what the Beavers are getting in a player has given four stars.

“He’s just talented,” Kralik said. “He’s very athletic, can move very, very well for his size and he’s got a lot of physical abilities.

“If he gets motivated, he’s got a real high upside.”

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