Two JUCOs sign with Beavs, more on way?

OREGON STATE SIGNED two junior college defensive ends this week, providing a boost to a defense that loses seven starters to graduation. The Beavs may not be done with the junior college ranks, however, both in terms of mid-year transfers and those who will sign when the regular period begins in February.

Rusty Fernando of Glendale CC and Blake Harrah of Saddleback CC are now officially in the Beaver fold and will begin classes at OSU in January. The early start provides the benefit, a big one, of being able to go through spring ball.

Fernando (6-3, 223) was a First Team All-Region and All-Western States Football League selection this season as he helped lead Glendale to the Valley of the Sun Bowl title. He graduated from Glendale earlier this month and has 3-to-play-2 at Oregon State.

Harrah (6-3, 255) was selected All-National Division Southern Conference Second Team after helping to lead Saddleback to an 8-3 record and California Bowl appearance. He is the son of former 13-year NFL pro Dennis Harrah, a six-time Pro Bowl selection.

The mid-year signing period runs from Dec. 15- Jan. 15. The National Letter of Intent period for high school seniors, and junior college players who graduate in the spring, begins Feb. 2.

Some of those junior college players expected to sign in February are Byron Moore, Justin Rogers and Keith McGill.

Moore, rated 4-stars by, is scheduled to officially visit Oregon State on Jan. 14. The Los Angeles Harbor safety has received 30-plus offers this recruiting cycle. In addition to OSU, he has visited Ole Miss and Tennessee and plans to trip to Ohio State and LSU. He told this week that the two schools he's visited, UT and Ole Miss, are his current leaders.

Rogers, listed as a 5-11, 180-pound CB, played nine games this season at Arizona Western, where he had 20 tackles (16 solo) with two for loss and a sack. He verbally committed to Texas Tech back in August but Alabama newspapers and others have reported Tech pulled his scholarship offer in November. A Lubbock radio station reported it was for academic concerns. His father, Kenny Rogers, has been accused of soliciting money from Mississippi State on behalf of Auburn QB Cam Newton's father Cecil.

McGill, a safety listed at 6-4, 214 pounds, verbally committed to Utah this summer but has since taken visits. Oregon State last month was said to be pursuing him hard. McGill won the Defensive Player of the Year award in the All-National Conference Northern Division.

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