Jordan Poyer 'itching to get back' but also valuing safety

Jordan Poyer 'itching to get back' but also valuing safety

Many people miss football including former Oregon State Beaver, now Buffalo Bill Jordan Poyer.

"Obviously I'm itching to get back," said Poyer on the Talkin' Beavers Podcast this week with host Ron Callan. "I want to be with my guys I want to be grinding in the offseason. Getting better, you know, to carry forward into the season."

But it's not that simple. With the United States still undergoing a national pandemic due to COVID-19, many offseason programs have been halted for player safety.

Is it worth coming back, if they were to say 'You guys can come back next week' is it worth coming back at that point for two weeks risking somebody getting sick and then having to come back again for training camp?  -  Jordan Poyer

Poyer noted that the safety of his family also needs to be taken into account. Bringing players back and forth could increase the risk of spreading the virus which would may not be worth it. 

"Uncertainty. I think that's everywhere. Not just in the NFL. With everything going on in the world right now, that's just the question. 

"Now I have a 3.5-year old so I'm worrying about health risks, traveling and guys coming from different places," said Poyer.

The former Beaver signed a two-year extension with the Bills worth approximately $20.5 million this offseason.

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 "We want to play, obviously. It's just going to be decisions made by people that probably make a lot more than I do. "

In 2019, the safety had a career-season totaling 107 tackles, three forced fumbles, and two interceptions, helping lead the Bills to their second playoff appearance in three seasons. 

Entering the NFL, Poyer fell to the seventh round of the 2013 NFL Draft despite being a consensus All-American his senior season at Oregon State with seven interceptions. He signed a four-year, $2.22 million contract with the team that drafted him, the Philadelphia Eagles. 

However, the Eagles would cut him later in 2013 and Cleveland would claim him off of waivers. Poyer was able to win a roster spot in 2013 and 2014 before starting four games in 2015. He began 2016 as the starting safety but a lacerated kidney suffered in Week 6 against the Tennesse Titans ended his season. 

In free agency, he signed a four-year, $13 million contract with Buffalo, which included $7.40 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $3.50 million, where he has started all three seasons since. 

Listen to the full Talkin' Beavers podcast with Ron Callan and guest Jordan Poyer from the 2016 Final Four squad here.

Beavers Jaydon Grant says Pac-12 is 'rushing football back [for] money'

Beavers Jaydon Grant says Pac-12 is 'rushing football back [for] money'

Hundreds of Pac-12 college football players demanded their voices be heard Sunday morning when they released an open letter to their conference via the Player's Tribune titled "#WeAreUnited."

Inside, they made demands including the ability to receive payments, safety during the coronavirus pandemic, and greater racial justice policies. If the conference decides to not comply, they threatened to sit out the 2020 college football season which the Pac-12 has slated to begin on September 26 during a pandemic.

Among the initial 12 players to organize the movement was Oregon State cornerback Jaydon Grant, who also tweeted his stance on the issue.

The redshirt junior told The Athletic  that "the only reason [the conference is] rushing football back is the money." 

“We saw this as a social justice issue. Because, when you look at how much they need us, the only reason they’re rushing football back is the money. I mean, it’s inevitable. And when you’re talking about risking our health and safety in a time of such uncertainty during a pandemic — and then we’re not receiving the same benefits from having the season that the ones forcing the season to go on have — then you really start to realize how much we’re being exploited collectively as college athletes.”

In the open letter, the players are demanding 50% of each sport's total revenue be evenly distributed among the athletes in that sport and "the freedom to secure representation, receive basic necessities from any third party, and earn money for use of our name, image, and likeness rights."

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This isn't the first time Grant has stood up for what he believed in this summer. 

In July, he helped organize a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest in West Linn where he played high school football.

Then, along with other Beaver student-athletes, he launched a new platform at Oregon State called Dam Change, which brings awareness to issues of systemic racism in today's society.

"Dam Change is important here at Oregon State to unify the institution and community in the fight against racism and inequality," Grant said in a release. "We believe Dam Change will serve to ensure that all student-athletes have a pleasant experience at Oregon State regardless of the color of their skin."

Now, he's among the movement asking for the Pac-12 to help fight racial injustices in the community.

They want to use the platform of college athletics to benefit Black students by forming a permanent civic-engagement task force comprised of players from each school, experts of their choice, and university/conference administrators to address outstanding issues such as racial injustice in college sports and in society.

Also, they demand that 2% of all conference revenue be funneled to a fund directed by players to "support financial aid for low-income Black students, community initiatives, and development programs for college athletes on each campus."

Last, the players want to form an annual "Pac-12 Black College Athlete Summit with guaranteed representation of at least three athletes of [their] choice from every school."

Despite Grant's leadership among the Pac-12 players making these demands, he tweeted that this isn't about the coaching staff at Oregon State. He actually gave credit to Jonathan Smith and his staff for doing "a tremendous job throughout this entire pandemic in creating the safest possible work environment." 

On June 15, Oregon State Athletic Director Scott Barnes and Senior Associate Athletic Director for Sports Medicine Dr. Doug Aukerman held a press conference via Zoom for media members to ask questions about the school's protocol surrounding the coronavirus ahead of voluntary workouts beginning that week.

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Athletes began workouts in the brand-new, 20,000 square foot facilities in groups of ten. Two groups could workout at the same time but in different sections of the facilities and all of the athlete's workouts must be confined to their specific section. All strength and conditioning staff will wear masks and gloves while in the facilities. When a group completes its workout, then the area will be cleaned before the next group of student-athletes uses the facilities. 

Each athlete needed to pass a temperature test before entering the facilities and masks are required to be worn by all student-athletes and staff members while on Oregon State's campus.

When asked about if anyone had considered not returning to campus, Barnes said he couldn't recall anyone deciding to stay home rather than come back to Oregon State. 

Two weeks later, the athletic department reported that one athlete tested positive but declined to specify what sport the student-athlete played. 

[RELATED]: Oregon State reports a positive test for COVID-19 among athletes

But, Oregon State obviously has been doing its best to put the safety of the student-athlete at the top of the priority list. 

On Friday, the Pac-12 unveiled a new, ten-game, conference only schedule for each team that will begin on September 26. 

[RELATED]: Oregon State Beavers release new 2020 college football schedule

Will it get played? We'll see.

Oregon State Beavers release new 2020 college football schedule

Oregon State Beavers release new 2020 college football schedule

Less than a month after announcing a move to a conference only schedule for the 2020 College Football Season, the Pac-12 has released the 10 game slate for the Oregon State Beavers this fall. 

The Beavers are slated to play five games at Reser Stadium, and five away, with the opener scheduled for Sept. 26 at home vs. California.

The Beavers and Bears last met on Nov. 19 when Oregon State held onto a 14-point lead to beat California 21-17. 

The conference opponents from Oregon State's original schedule carry over to the revised slate. The only additional add for Beavers is Colorado, whom they last faced in 2018.

We also know that the Oregon-Oregon State rivalry game, previously known as the Civil War, will take place on October 17. 

Going into 2020, the Beavers expect to make a bowl game for the first time since 2013.

Let’s take a preview of each game of the revised schedule for the Beavers:

Week 1 (9/26) — Cal Bears

The Beavers defeated Cal 21-17 last season in Berkeley but the Golden Bears were without starting quarterback Chase Garbers who went undefeated in seven games that he started and finished. Head coach Justin Wilcox always has defensively sound units that will test Jonathan Smith's offense. 

Week 2 (10/3)— UCLA

Chip Kelly returns to Corvallis for the first time since 2012 as the Bruins' head coach. Despite getting the victory over UCLA last season in Los Angeles, Beaver fans are anxious to get a victory over Kelly in Reser Stadium. Kelly's sophomore season at UCLA was an up-and-down 4-8 season, and he needs to turn it around to stay off the hot seat in Los Angeles. The Bruins have also had seven players enter the transfer portal. 

Week 3 (10/10) @ Utah

The Beavers will get to truly test their progress when they travel to play Utah: a team that destroyed them 52-7 last season in Corvallis. The Pac-12 South champion Utes physically dominated the Beavers in all facets of the game, and this game will test whether Oregon State's strength and conditioning program is paying off. The Beavers have not defeated the Utes since 2013.  

Week 4 (10/17) — Oregon

The Beavers defeated the Ducks in 2016 in what would be Mark Helfrich's last game as Ducks head coach, but since then Oregon has dominated. However, last season, the Beavers had the ball with two minutes remaining down just seven points with backup quarterback Tristan Gebbia. Gebbia should have multiple starts under his belt when the Beavs host Oregon.

Week 5 (10/24)— @ Washington

Oregon State will get their first look at head coach Jimmy Lake and the new-look Washington Huskies up in Seattle. The Huskies have replaced their starting quarterback, running back, three offensive linemen and offensive coordinator. If the Beavers win, they'll end an eight-game losing streak to Washington and win in Seattle for the first time since 2008. Last season, the Beavers offense got shut-out and they'll need a better performance to leave Husky Stadium victorious.

Week 6 (10/31)— BYE

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Week 7 (11/7)— Arizona

Head Coach Kevin Sumlin and the Wildcats will travel to Corvallis looking for revenge from a 56-38 defeat in Tucson last season. This could be a make-it-or-break-it season for Sumlin, who has underperformed as Wildcats head coach despite inheriting Khalil Tate. 

Week 8 (11/14)— @ Stanford

Expect the Cardinal to look different than last season as 14 players have entered the transfer portal, including starting quarterback KJ Costello. David Shaw always had Stanford as a threat to win the conference but last season was a rare misstep finishing 4-8. If the Beavers can win this game, they'll snap a 10-game losing streak to the Cardinal and win for the first time at The Farm since 2006.

Week 9 (11/21)— Washington State

The Beavers will look to avenge their 54-53 loss that left them a yard away from their first bowl game since 2013. Additionally, Oregon State is on a six-game losing streak to the Cougars. However, following Mike Leach's departure to Mississippi State, the Cougars will be transitioning to the run-and-shoot offense ran by new head coach Nick Rolovich. His last stop, Hawai'i, defeated the Beavers last season. 

Week 10 (11/28)— @ Colorado

The last time the Beavers played Colorado was back in 2018 where the Beavers won 41-34 in OT. Former Colorado Head coach Mel Tucker left to take the same position at Michigan State, so the Beavs will take on new head coach Karl Dorrell.

Week 11 (12/5)— @ Arizona State

Sun Devils head coach Herm Edwards has his team trending in the right direction. Arizona State just signed seven of the top 30 recruits in California, more than the entire Pac-12 South combined. Given that three top-rated California recruits last season started for the Sun Devils, expect some of this newly-ingested talent to make an impact immediately. Among the returning starters is sophomore quarterback Jayden Daniels, who impressed as a freshman, especially in their upset win over Oregon. Daniels finished his freshman season with 2,943 yards and 17 touchdowns with just two interceptions.

The Pac-12 Football Championship Game will be a home-hosted game to be held on either Dec. 18 or 19. The plan is for the championship game to be played in Las Vegas starting 2021.

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Former Beaver Nick Madrigal gets called up by White Sox for MLB debut

Former Beaver Nick Madrigal gets called up by White Sox for MLB debut

Another Oregon State Beaver is getting his shot at the majors.

The White Sox have officially called up second baseman Nick Madrigal, according to Jeff Passan on

The move was made prior to the series at Kanas City. The White Sox purchased Madrigals’ contract from the Schaumburg training facility and designated right-handed pitcher Kelvin Herrera for assignment.

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Madrigal, 23, entered the season rated by and Baseball America as the No. 4 prospect in the White Sox organization. He also is ranked by as the No. 2 second-base and No. 40 overall prospect in baseball, and by Baseball America as the Best Hitter for Average and Best Defensive Infielder in the Sox system.

During his two seasons in the Sox minor-league system, Madrigal is a career .309 (194-628) hitter with 34 doubles, five triples, four home runs, 71 RBI, 51 walks, 43 stolen bases and just 21 strikeouts in 163 games.

Madrigal will not have a chance to accrue a full season of MLB service. He will, however, be on track to ultimately qualify for arbitration after the 2022 season as a Super Two player.

We Will see if Madrigal's success in the minors can translate to the majors.

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Longtime OSU Beavers Baseball assistant Pat Bailey out, replaced

Longtime OSU Beavers Baseball assistant Pat Bailey out, replaced

The Oregon State Beavers baseball head coach Mitch Canham is continuing to put his stamp on the program. 

On Thursday, Canham announced that longtime assistant coach Pat Bailey will not return to the coaching staff for the 2021 season and that camp coordinator and volunteer assistant coach Ryan Gipson has been promoted to a full-time assistant coach role. 

In 2019, Bailey, in an interim role as head coach, guided the Beavers to a 36-20-1 regular season overall record and 21-8 mark in Pac-12 Conference play. Oregon State finished third in the conference, just a game back of second place.

In 12 years with the Beavers, Bailey helped lead the program to the 2018 national championship, three trips to Omaha and 10 overall postseason appearances.

He joined the program as an assistant coach in 2008 and was promoted to associate head coach in October 2013.

Oregon State has posted a winning record in each of Bailey’s 12 seasons, and in the last three seasons alone, has posted a 146-36-2 overall record (.799).

“Our Beaver Baseball Family is extremely grateful for the work Coach Bailey has done in his time here at Oregon State University,” Canham said in a release. “He has poured his heart into this program and our student-athletes lives. We all want to wish him and his family many blessings going forward.

“Ryan’s passion, communication skills, growth mindset, and ability to design and implement high quality systems is going to push this program to even higher levels. Both he and coach Dorman are going to continue the tradition of bringing student-athletes who are successful on and off the field into the Beaver Baseball Family.”

Gipson spent the 2019 and 2020 seasons as the team’s camp coordinator and volunteer assistant coach. He lettered for Oregon State in 2005 and 2006 after transferring from Shasta Community College. A native of Central Point, Ore., he was a 2005 All-Pacific-10 Conference honorable mention selection.

Gipson came back to Oregon State after a four-year tenure as the head coach at Linn-Benton Community College, where he went 119-58 (.672), including a 72-16 (.818) record his final two seasons. He also served as an assistant athletic director his last year at LBCC.

Gipson served as an undergraduate assistant coach for the Beavers for two seasons, 2011 and 2012, before a two-year stint as an assistant coach at Dixie State in Utah before heading to LBCC.

Dorman, meanwhile, completed his first season as the Beavers’ pitching coach. Christian Chamberlain, Oregon State’s Friday night starter, was named an All-American and was selected in the fourth round of the 2020 MLB First-Year Player Draft by Kansas City. His selection gave the Beavers at least one draft choice every year since 1993 and an OSU pitcher has been taken for 20 consecutive seasons.

Canham and the Beavers will now initiate a search for the program’s next camp coordinator and volunteer assistant coach.

Oregon State went 5-9 in Canham’s first season before it was cancelled due to COVID-19.

Adley Rutschman shoots his shot with The Bachelor’s Madison Prewett

Adley Rutschman shoots his shot with The Bachelor’s Madison Prewett

Former Oregon State star catcher Adley Rutschman is used to shooting shots out of the ballpark and tagging out runners trying to steal second.

While his performance on the baseball diamond earned him the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft, it looks like he’d like to put a diamond on former Bachelor contestant Madison Prewett.

The ‘Clutchman’ trying to make his nickname come true.

“Roses are red, violets are blue… I’ll change your name to Rutschman from Prew.”

Gotta hand it to him, it’s not a bad poem…

Too bad Madison wasn’t feeling the love right away but rather confusion on how to pronounce his last name.

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*Warning, Bachelor spoilers ahead*

For you Bachelor fans out there, Madison was featured on the most recent Bachelor season with Peter Weber. She made it all the way to top 2 and then was dumped for the other contestant. What followed was “the most dramatic ‘After the Final Rose Show’”, absolute heartbreak, one evil mother and Peter left single (although rumored to have later found love with Kelley Flanagan, a Chicago-based lawyer who was an early favorite on his season).

Que Adley Rutschman.

Will the Clutchman in fact come up clutch?

Stay tuned for the most dramatic season of ‘Will They Get Together’ ever.

Report: Oregon State volleyball players describe abusive environment under coach Mark Barnard 

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Report: Oregon State volleyball players describe abusive environment under coach Mark Barnard 

Chilling allegations have surfaced out of Corvallis. 

Per Eddie Pells of The Associated Press, the Oregon State volleyball program, led by head coach Mark Barnard, has seen 11 players quit or transfer since 2016 and two players have contemplated suicide, with one attempting to overdose. 

The report claims Barnard, who has been at helm of the program for five years, has threatened to revoke scholarships from struggling student-athletes, consistently pushed players past health warnings in practice as punishment and pitted players against one another in team meetings. 

Former player Amya Small, who redshirted in 2019 and battled injuries during the season, and two other Oregon State players who asked to remain anonymous fearing for the safety of other athletes on the team, portrayed a toxic environment under Barnard.

Small, who had her scholarship pulled in April and has since accepted a scholarship from Florida A&M, said the abuse led her to taking a dozen pills eight months ago. Luckily, she changed her mind on the decision to overdose and called 911. 

My teammates showed up for me that night. I love my teammates. It's just Mark that makes it terrible --  Small told AP 

Another player said she shared with her teammates plans to hang herself, according to AP. 

One player who has since left the team, but negotiated to keep her OSU scholarship, said Barnard told her to consider transferring after one year.

There are ways to handle situations, but the way he went about it was so wrong.  He’d call us entitled brats, a bunch of princesses, tell us how much we suck, and how we’re unworthy of being here. He’d push players beyond the limits of what they physically and mentally could do.

Some of those who spoke to AP also witnessed Barnard forcing a player to repeat a particularly difficult drill that invoved her jumping and swinging at balls lobbed above the net and swinging and then digging balls hit to the ground. The coaching staff also reportedly ignored a system that alerted them when a player's number of vertical jumps were reaching dangerous heights. 

“We witnessed Mark tear her apart,” a parent who was at the practice and asked not to be identified told AP. “He made the whole team sit and watch a drill. He isolated her, made her do it over and over again. I was mortified.”

Citing Barnard’s bio on the team website, AP reported approximately nine players missed significant time due to injuries or illness during the 2018 and 2019 seasons. Oregon State went 20-43 and finished last in the Pac-12 twice after making the NCAA tournament in 2017.

AP said the repeated complaints have triggered what university spokesman Steve Clark called a “full and impartial,” investigation. Clark also disputed the idea that players were pushed past their physical limits as punishment or that a harsh environment resulted in Beaver volleyball players contemplating suicide, AP reported. 

Clark also added that “appropriate action,” was being taken by athletic director Scott Barnes and that an investigation conducted by Oregon State’s Equal Opportunity and Access office was concluded. The university has not yet released a statement. 

Barnard is in his 16th year at Oregon State, after previously serving as an assistant under U.S. national coach Terry Liskevych, who retired in the summer of 2016. Prior to his arrival in Corvallis, he served on the Australian Olympic team at the Sydney Games in 2000, coached at the high-school level in Australia, and played on the 1984 Australian junior men’s team. 

You can read more specifics about Oregon State’s disturbing investigation via The Associated Press here.

Backyard workouts only lasted so long for Oregon State guards Gianni Hunt, Jarod Lucas

Backyard workouts only lasted so long for Oregon State guards Gianni Hunt, Jarod Lucas

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit the sports world in mid-march, the Oregon State men’s basketball team had just defeated the Utah Utes in game one of the Pac-12 tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Here is a little refresher on how it happened:

Not 24 hours later, the tournament was cancelled and teams began to travel back home unsure of what was to come. The rest of the season was cancelled. As the players were sent home to quarantine, staying in basketball shape took a more creative turn with gyms also closed: running hills in the neighborhood; putting potatoes in pans for lifting; order exercise equipment online…

The backyard workouts only last so long for Oregon State guards Gianni Hunt and Jarod Lucas.

The two explain more on the latest Talkin’ Beavers Podcast with host Ron Callan:

I was just trying to do whatever workouts I can do at home… and then you can only do so much of that, so then I ended up finding a private gym, I was able to get into and I was in the gym every day getting better. — Gianni Hunt

The same went for Lucas.

First couple of weeks or so, I was in the backyard doing whatever I could. After two weeks or so, I had to find a way to get into a gym. — Jarod Lucas

Both Hunt and Lucas will step into larger roles for the Beavs this upcoming season. 

The two sophomores will support starting point guard Ethan Thompson, who withdrew his name from the NBA draft and will return to Corvallis for his senior season. More to come on this later.

Hunt, a 6-foot-3 guard from Lakewood, California, played in all 31 games in 2019 and averaged 2.8 points, 1.5 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 0.6 steals in 13.9 minutes per game.

Lucas, a 6-foot-3 guard from Hacienda Heights, California, played in all 31 games and averaged 4.6 points, 0.9 rebounds, 0.4 assists and 0.3 steals in 13.1 minutes per game.

Listen to the full Talkin’ Beavers Podcast here.

OSU Beavers JUCO transfer Rejzohn Wright featured on Last Chance U

OSU Beavers JUCO transfer Rejzohn Wright featured on Last Chance U

The fifth season of the Netflix series Last Chance U premiered late Monday night on Netflix.

The series follows a JUCO football team that focuses on “elite athletes with difficult pasts turn to junior college football for a last shot at turning their lives around and achieving their dreams.”

This season, the series follows Laney College in Oakland, California and the quest to repeat as CCCAA Champions. But this season also features one player that Oregon State fans should be excited about: Rejzohn Wright.

If the 6-foot-3, 186-pound cornerback who recently committed to Oregon State, isn’t the first person your eyes draw to on the field based on his play, then his mouth will. But that’s just in his competitive nature. 

Here’s what we learned about Wright after watching Last Chance U.

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Rejzohn, he is a natural corner. He’s 6’3”. He’s got a phenomenal competitive nature about him. He could be a Sunday player. — Laney head coach John Beam

Here’s a preview of what is coming to Reser Stadium and the Pac-12 in 2020:

His brother went to Oregon State after one year with us. He’s better than his brother. — Laney Defensive Coordinator John Ramos


His brother is Nahshon Wright, a 6-foot-4, 184-pound corner who played at Laney in 2018 and then transferred to Oregon State in 2019.

Rejzohn might be following in big brother’s footsteps but make no mistake, the two are quite the competitors and will bring that same competitiveness to Corvallis.

Rejzohn explains the differences between the two in episode 3:

I come with a different intensity. He a more mellow guy on the field. I just come with like a little bit more than he does and that’s just I’m a bit more fiesta than he is. — Rejzohn Wright 

Where does this intensity and drive come from? He says his mom. 

Nahshon played in all 12 games last season and started in 10 for the Beavers. He made 34 tackles and grabbed three interceptions. 

And then there is Alton Julian, another JUCO transfer (College of San Mateo) to Oregon State and the cousin of the Wright bothers. Julian is another defensive back for the Beavers at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds. 


It came down to Oregon State and the University of Central Florida for the Union City, California native. Turns out Florida was just too far away and he wouldn’t be able to see his family that often, which was a huge factor in his decision.

I really liked UCF but it was just a little too far from home. Being able to not come back home would have been hard. It was more of a business move knowing that it will bring more attention to the school and attention to me and my brother and my cousin to get to the league, to get to the NFL. If we both play good on the defense, the team does well, it will just look right. — Rejzohn Wright

Oregon State fans should be excited at the prospect of The Wright Brothers locking down the Pac-12’s receivers for years to come.

Oregon State lands 2021 JUCO point guard DaShawn Davis

Oregon State lands 2021 JUCO point guard DaShawn Davis

It came down to the Oregon State Beavers and Seton Hall Pirates for the Trinity Valley Community College point guard, but in the end, DaShawn Davis will be heading to the Pacific Northwest.

The 6'3", 180-pound JUCO prospect committed to Oregon State University on his personal Twitter account Thursday afternoon.

Originally a Seton Hall commitment out of high school, the Bronx, NY native decided to instead play in community college where he averaged 21.3 points, 6.1 assists, and 4.1 rebounds last season, receiving offers from Oregon State, DePaul, Seton Hall, St. Johns and more. The Beavers were his lone Power-5 offer.

"I like that Oregon State is in the Pac-12, one of the best conferences in the country," he told Adam Zagoria of Zagsblog. "And also Coach [Tinkle] is gonna put the ball in my hands and expect me to make plays and be an impact player from day one."

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With the commitment, Davis is the first verbal commitment of the Beavers' 2021 recruiting class.

Beavs fans, take a look into the future and watch his freshman season highlights below.