Silverton's Austin Ratliff (3) catches a pass during the semifinal game against West Albany on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021 in McMinnville, Ore.

The early signing period for college football in December has taken much of the punch out of the normal signing day in February. 

But that shouldn’t diminish what Oregon State and head coach Jonathan Smith have done this offseason to build up the Beavers’ roster. 

One of the things Oregon State has done, in addition to adding incredible talent such as quarterbacks DJ Uiagalelei and Aidan Chiles, is adding local talent. 

Two of those players are from the Mid-Valley — Silverton’s Austin Ratliff and Woodburn’s Dyontae Navarrete. 

Ratliff, who helped the Foxes win the 2021 OSAA Class 5A state championship, has joined the Beavers as a preferred walk-on at defensive back. 

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