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Beavers land three more recruits for 2017

CORVALLIS — The Oregon State football program has added to its 2017 class with non-binding verbal commitments from David Morris of Sherwood, Kolby Taylor from Chandler, Arizona, and Fabian Kratz from Naperville, Illinois.

Morris is a 6-foot-3, 210-pound linebacker who has a three-star ranking from Scout.com and Rivals.com.

Morris had narrowed down his final three choices to Washington State, California and OSU before deciding to play for the Beavers.

He recently received an offer from Oregon.

"I'm still committed to Oregon State, but like I said awhile ago, I'm never going to just eliminate a team," Morris told Andrew Nemec of The Oregonian. "I'm going to give every team that takes interest in me some consideration. Now that Oregon has offered, I'm going to look into academics and athletics. Now, it's just developing a relationship with the coaches."

Kratz, a 6-foot-5, 279-pound offensive lineman, was a foreign exchange student from Germany.

He has a three-star ranking from Scout and Rivals.

He was also offered by Colorado State, Nevada, Bowling Green, New Mexico and Toledo, among others.

Kratz was given an honorable mention rating among the top offensive players in the Chicago Opening Regional by Scout writer Allen Trieu.

"Another pleasant surprise was Fabian Kratz, an exchange student who played last season at Naperville Central and had a good year," Trieu wrote. "We have him ranked as a guard, but he did well at tackle and handled some good edge rushers."

Taylor is another OSU commit from Chandler High. Former OSU receiver Markus Wheaton and current QBs Darell Garretson and Mason Moran played there.

Taylor (5-11, 186) had 69 receptions for 879 yards and 10 touchdowns at Chandler, good enough to attract offers from Notre Dame, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Utah, Louisville and Arizona State, among others.

He has a three-star rating from Rivals and Scout.

The three additions bring the 2017 class to six. The Beavers also have commitments from athlete/receiver Quantino Allen, quarterback Aidan Willard and defensive end Xavier Davis.

The Beavers lost a second player from the 2016 class when receiver Tyson Penn of Bellevue, Washington, announced that he was no longer committed to OSU.

The Beavers also lost defensive back Shurod Thompson. Neither player was expected to qualify academically.