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Oregon State Bolsters Offense

Kolby Taylor continues the flow of Arizona talent to Corvallis.
Kolby Taylor continues the flow of Arizona talent to Corvallis.

Close on the heels of landing a commitment from in-state 3 star OLB David Morris to boost the Beaver defense, Oregon State head coach Gary Andersen received a couple of commits that will bolster his offense.

Andersen had already landed a pair of players from Chandler High in Chandler, AZ, for this fall in quarterback Mason Moran and linebacker Hamilcar Rashed, and the relationship with Chandler now continues, with 3-star wide receiver Kolby Taylor.

Taylor, a 5'10", 180 lb. wideout, chose Oregon State over a long list of offers from Power-5 programs, including the local option, Arizona State, another Pac-12 program in Utah, national notable Notre Dame, and Louisville, Duke, Illinois, Missouri, Northwestern, and Wisconsin, and also Memphis, Hawaii, Nevada, and New Mexico State.

"I chose Oregon State because of the relationship I had with all the coaches," Taylor said. "Mason and Hamilcar is just a bonus for me on top of everything. With Darell Garretson and Mason (Moran) already being in the program, getting to talk with them, that helped. I know who the coaches really are, and what I'm getting into exactly."

Here's a look at his highlights:

Oregon State also received a commitment from Germany by way of Illinois. Fabian Kratz is a 6'5", 285 lb. offensive tackle from Naperville Central High, in Naperville, Illinois. He's alsoa foreign exchange student from Germany, and is considered a rising under-the-radar prospect, one Oregon State only offered less than a week ago.

Fabian Kratz

It didn't take Kratz, above, long to decide that Corvallis was the right fit.

Oregon State was the first Power-5 school to make an offer to Kratz, but he had already attracted a lot of interest at the next level, and had offers from Connecticut of the American Conference, Colorado State, Nevada, and New Mexico of the Mt. West, almost half of the MAC in Ball State, Bowling green, Toledo, Central Michigan, Buffalo, and Miami, OH, and also Fordham, Illinois St., and Western Illinois.

Here's look at his highlights:

The 3 additions doubled the size of Oregon State's 2017 recruiting class from 3 to 6 players.

Andy_Wooldridge@yahoo.com