Oregon State star running back Jermar Jefferson will forgo his final two seasons of college eligibility at Oregon State and instead has decided to declare for the 2021 NFL, he announced Thursday afternoon on his Twitter.
In just six games as a junior, Jefferson ran for 858 yards on 133 attempts, seven touchdowns, and added nine receptions for 67 yards.
He finishes his Oregon State career as a three-year starter with 2,923 total rushing yards on 514 attempts, good for fifth all-time in Oregon State history. His 27 career rushing touchdowns also ranks fifth all-time in program history.
As a true freshman, Jefferson quickly became one of the Pac-12's most dynamic players rushing for 238 yards in his second career game and then a career-high 254 yards three weeks later against Arizona State.
Jefferson only played in nine games as a sophomore due to injuries but the team had no plans to redshirt the star player. It's clear Jefferson and the Beavers felt the running back would declare for the NFL Draft once he was three-years removed from high school.
Then as a junior, Jefferson began the season with four consecutive 100-yard rushing games with increasing single-game totals of 120, 133, 196 and 226 yards. The 200-yard performance was an Oregon-Oregon State rivalry record.
Dante Pryor of Fansided wrote Jefferson could be a fourth-round NFL Draft selection back in November.
Best of luck Jermar!