Bethel senior Happy Iona, a 6-foot-3 and 285-pound defensive tackle, gave a verbal commitment on Wednesday evening to play at Oregon State University.
Bethel head coach Gavin Kralik said the Beavers are getting an excellent player.
“He’s extremely athletic for being 285 pounds,” Kralik said. “He runs very, very well. He’s very good at being a run stuffer and a pass rusher.”
Iona enters his senior season as a two-year starter — he played defensive end and outside linebacker as a sophomore and defensive tackle as a junior — but he missed half of last season because of disciplinary issues. Kralik said he has “worked hard to get ready for this season” in the classroom and the weight room.
Iona, who chose OSU over UW, WSU and Idaho, isn’t the only Brave to be offered a scholarship by a Division-I program. Running back Anthony Meray, the SPSL’s leading returning rusher with 1,247 yards in 2008, has been offered by Air Force and Kralik expects more opportunities for Meray as the season unfolds. Meray also led the SPSL with 1,566 all-purpose yards last season.