Beavs land lightning fast JC defensive end

THE BEAVERS have secured an oral commitment from a lightning bolt of a defensive end who has junior college running backs and quarterbacks running for their lives this season. College of the Desert speed merchant Dorian Smith talked with OSU coach Mike Riley last week, telling the Oregon State head man he wanted to come to Corvallis. talks with the player who has logged 10 sacks already this season, and his junior college defensive coordinator.

Smith (6-3, 255) said he gave Riley the thumbs up last Thursday.

"I verbally committed to Oregon State," said Smith. "I talked to coach Riley last week...He was excited. I think he was just about as excited as I was to hear him ask me."

A number of other schools have significantly amped up their recruitment of Smith of late, including Arizona, Arizona State, Pitt, Washington State, Cincinnati, Marshall and Louisiana-Lafayette.

"I had a few schools, but I was really interested in Oregon State the whole way," said Smith, who becomes the Beavers' eighth known verbal commitment and first junior college player in the 2006 class.

A HUGE PLUS, Smith is on track to receive his AA degree this December, thereby being eligible to enroll at OSU in January and participate in spring ball.

But given the recent surge in interest, its a good bet other schools will continue to recruit Smith as nothing is official until he signs on the dotted line.

"He's playing well -- there's a couple D-I schools calling every day asking for tape," said College of the Desert defensive coordinator coach Tim Hyde.

"Oregon State they've been talking to me for a while now," said Smith, who was busy studying game film when BeaverFootball caught up with him Monday afternoon. "I feel comfortable with Oregon State, I like the way they play football and I think I'll fit in very well with their program."

Smith will take his official visit to OSU around November 11, during College of the Desert's bye week.

Smith did his prep turn at Birmingham High in Van Nuys, Calif., before attending Alabama A&M for a year. Since arriving at College of the Desert, he's further refined his technique to go along with what Hyde says is a world of speed.

"He's fast," said Hyde. "He's got great, great speed."

"I get to the ball," added Smith. "I get to the quarterback, I get to the running back. Coach Hyde has really developed me, (and especially) in run defense, which was something I was weak in in high school."

Smith led the College of the Desert defense with 12 sacks last season and has 10 sacks in the first four games this year, including a six sack performance against San Diego Mesa in Week Two.

"That's why he's going to be a great Division I football player, because everyone throws the football 40 times a game," said Hyde.

OSU has eight known verbal commitments including Smith: DT Joel White-Frisbee, OL/DL Alex Linnenkohl, DT Mitchel Hunt (Tempe, Ariz.), TE Howard Croom, WR Casey Kjos, LB Alfred Rowe and OL Ryan Pohl.

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