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.
Ratliff, who graduated from Silverton in 2022, had been at the Air Force preparatory school.
He’s excited to join a rising program at Oregon State, which went 10-3 last season.
“My deciding factors for becoming a Beav were the high level of football they play at,” Ratliff said. “Here, football is a priority and that’s the way I want it. It also helps when it’s my home state.”
Navarrete, who graduated from Woodburn in 2020, is joining the Beavers as a preferred walk-on running back after playing at Lewis & Clark College.
“Blessed to be given an opportunity to play for a great program on the rise,” Navarrete said. “Coming out of high school, I didn’t have the same type of opportunity. Just looking to compete at this level.”
In addition to the local players and highly talented offensive players like Uiagalelei and Chiles, the Beavers also brought in talent and experience on defense to join a unit that already was the best in the Pac-12.
Oregon State should be a conference title contender this upcoming season.
Here is a look at the players the Beavers have added so far this offseason through scholarship recruiting, the transfer portal and walk-ons.
Oregon State’s 2023 football recruiting class
Aldan Chiles, QB (Downey, Calif.): 6-4, 195, 4-star, ranked #152
Kelze Howard, DL (Las Vegas): 6-4, 250, 4-star, ranked #282
Montrel Hatten, WR (Carthage, Texas): 6-0, 175, 3-star, ranked #575
Nikko Taylor, Edge (Hutchinson CC): 6-6, 245, 3-star, ranked #17 JUCO
Leonard Ah You, LB (Kahuku, Hawaii): 6-4, 210, ranked #831
Jacob Anderson, OT (Billings, Mont.): 6-6, 250, 3-star, ranked #846
Tastean Reddicks, WR (Fort Lauderdale, Florida): 6-1, 180, 3-star, ranked #924
Andre Piper-Jordan, CB (Federal Way, Wash.): 6-1, 165, 3-star
Cooper Jensen, TE (Snohomish, Wash.): 6-5, 210, 3-star
Isaiah Chisom, LB (West Hills, California): 6-1, 220, 3-star
Abraham Johnson, DL (Salt Lake City, Utah: 6-3, 280, 3-star
Thomas Collins, DL (Sweden): 6-1, 275, 3-star
Zachary Card, WR (Pittsburg, Calif.): 5-10, 165, 3-star
Zander Esty, OL (Auburn, California): 6-5, 275, 3-star
Jermod McCoy, ATH (Whitehouse, Texas): 5-11, 170, 3-star
Zakiah Saez, edge (Fort Lauderdale, Florida): 6-4, 230, 3-star
Harlem Howard, Safety (Pompano Beach, Fla.): 6-1, 165, 3-star
David Wells, WR (Lakewood, Wash.): 6-0, 170, 3-star
Oregon State’s 2023 transfers and other additions
Karson Boschma, WR: Former player at College of the Siskiyous, from Tigard
Tyrice Ivy, CB: Former player at College of San Mateo, from San Francisco
Dyontae Navarrete, RB: Former player at Woodburn and Lewis & Clark College
Oluwaseyi Omotosho, OLB: Former player at Wyoming, from Richmond, Texas
Austin Ratliff, DB: He was at the Air Force preparatory school after playing for Silverton
Grant Starck, OL: Former player at Nevada, from Thurston
Jermaine Terry II, TE: Former player at California, from Richmond, California
Mason Tufaga, ILB: Former player at Utah, from Honolulu
DJ Uiagalelei, QB: Former player at Clemson, from Bellflower, California
Joel Valadez, WR: Former player at Linfield, from Grants Pass