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Beavers land D-end, eye five more prospects as signing date nears

Titus Failauga, a 6-4, 240-pound defensive end from Honolulu, committed to Oregon State Wednesday, bringing the Beavers' verbal list to 19 as next Wednesday's national letter-of-intent signing date looms.

A new NCAA rule prohibits a school from signing more than 25 players in a class, so Oregon State has room for six more but is focusing its efforts on five prospects -- linebackers Keishawn Bierria of Harbor City, Calif., and Edward Williams of New Orleans; safety L.J. Moore of Fresno, athlete Corey Lawrence of Del City, Okla., and offensive tackle Blake Muir, who visited the Corvallis campus Wednesday.

Muir, a 6-5, 290-pound freshman last season, was released by Hawaii and is considering Georgia Tech and Baylor as well as OSU.

The Beavers are battling Washington for Bierria, Texas Tech for Williams, Oklahoma for Moore and New Mexico for Lawrence.

Receiver Tatum Taylor from Seattle appears headed for Arizona State, where he can compete in track and field. Another receiver, Jermel Walker of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., verballed to Oregon State but won't qualify academically and is no longer on the Beavers' list.

OSU coach Mike Riley will make only one more in-home visit -- on Saturday to commit Hunter Jarmon, a receiver out of Waco, Texas.

Rivals.com currently ranks Oregon State's recruiting class 36th nationally while Scout.com has the Beavers 41st. OSU's highest-rated class by Rivals was 31st in 2004, with a group that sent eight players to the NFL -- Victor Butler, Keith Ellison, Brandon Hughes, Andy Levitre, Keenan Lewis, Slade Norris, Sam Paulescu and Sammie Stroughter.

Rivals has Oregon State ranked ninth in the Pac-12, with Southern Cal No. 7, UCLA No. 9, Washington No. 14, Oregon No. 22, California No. 23, Arizona No. 29, Arizona State No. 30, Utah No. 33, Washington State No. 46, Stanford No. 58 and Colorado No. 77.

Scout has OSU ranked 10th in the Pac-12, with UCLA No. 6, Southern Cal No. 10, Washington No. 11, Oregon No. 16, California No. 22, Arizona No. 23, Arizona State No. 28, Utah No. 35, Washington State No. 40, Stanford No. 53 and Colorado No. 72.

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