COMMIT: Beavs land 'impact' JC defensive end

OREGON STATE HAS immediate needs on the defensive line for 2011, and one way to go about addressing those needs is through the junior college ranks. One piece to the puzzle has been put in place with the addition of a defensive end from Saddleback College, who says the OSU coaches have told him they envision him making a big impact, immediately, for the Beavs.

Defensive end Blake Harrah (6-3, 250) was won over by the combination of head man Mike Riley and d-line coach Joe Seumalo.

"The biggest deciding factor had to be coach Riley -- he's the biggest player's coach I've ever met. And then not only that, coach Seumalo, I definitely know he knows his stuff, I talked with him a lot. I know they're going to push me, and I couldn't be happier right now," said Harrah.

HARRAH SAID HE will sign tomorrow with the Beavers, (the first day of the mid-year junior college transfer signing period), enroll in January and be ready to go through spring ball. He has three to play two for Oregon State.

"Being a junior college guy, I'm ready to immediately step in and be a frontrunner for them...they're talking about me coming in and making a big impact immediately for them," said Harrah.

THIS SEASON AT Saddleback, Harrah logged 23 tackles, 3.5 TFL and 2.5 sacks. He was named second team all-national Division Southern Conference.

"When coach Seumalo came down and watched me, he liked how I tossed around the big tackles at Bakersfield," said Harrah.

HARRAH CHOSE Oregon State over an offer from Middle Tennessee State and interest from Arizona, Washington, Hawaii and Bowling Green.

His father is former NFL o-lineman Dennis Harrah, six time Pro Bowl selection and 13-year NFL veteran.

"My dad was the other big deciding factor..Having a guy like that looking over your shoulder and helping you out is definitely dad just had nothing but good things to say about (the OSU staff).


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