Ever since Oregon State offered early in the season, Blake Harrah liked the Beavers more than other schools but the Mission Viejo (Calif.) Saddleback C.C. defensive end wanted to wait things out a little bit just to make sure he was making the right decision.
After visiting Middle Tennessee State recently, Harrah realized that Oregon State was by far his favorite and so he committed.
"I went on another visit to Middle Tennessee just to see another program, just to see how things worked and it was a definite deciding factor," Harrah said. "I wanted to check something else out but it was definitely Oregon State after I visited there.
"What really clicked was being in the Pac-12, it's an unbelievable honor to even play in, and then other than that it's the coaching staff that's up there.
"Coach (Mike) Riley, I sat down and talked with him for a while and he's a players' coach and a really nice guy. I really appreciated being able to talk to him up there."
Harrah, a 6-foot-3, 255-pound prospect, has developed a good friendship with Oregon State defensive end Dominic Glover and has listened to what the former three-star prospect has said about the Beavers' program and how Riley runs things.
It was all good news and Harrah saw it first-hand when he visited Corvallis. The decision was not all that difficult to make, he said.
"(Riley) is a players' coach and I know Dominic Glover really well and hearing what he has to say, Dominic said he's a better person on the field," Harrah said. "It shocked me the way he conducted himself and his knowledge of the game. He really cares about his players and it really shows.
"They've been at the top for a long time probably since the second week of my season since they offered me."
Harrah does not have much time to dwell on his commitment. The junior college transfer plans to enroll early at Oregon State and will be on campus in just a few weeks.