On Tuesday, the Oregon State Beavers signed South Carolina transfer running back Deshaun Fenwick out of the transfer portal. Fenwick will join the Beavers backfield - who need to replace 2021 NFL Draft-bound Jermar Jefferson - in 2021.
But Jonathan Smith and the #BuildTheDam recruiting movement didn’t stop there.
On Wednesday, Oregon State landed another transfer, this time cornerback E.J. Jones.
Jones is a former three-star prospect (according to Rivals) from North Fort Meyers High School in Cape Coral, Florida. The 6’1”, 180-pound corner spent his first season of college ball at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, Iowa.
He recorded 19 tackles and four interceptions during his sophomore season at ECC and was named the Iowa Community College Athletic Association (ICCAC) Defensive Athlete of the Week (Sept. 13, 2017).
Jones then transferred to the University of Kansas and played for the Jayhawks for three seasons (2018-2020). He redshirted his junior season after playing in just three games.
Last season with the Jayhawks, Jones recorded 23 tackles (17 solo) and three tackles for loss in nine games played.
Now, he will get the chance to compete with an Oregon State defense that was middle of the pack last season in terms of passing yards allowed per game (224.7) to opposing offenses.
And with Nahshon Wright officially declaring for the 2021 NFL Draft, there are spots to be filled.
Looks like long-time starting defensive back Jaydon Grant is excited about the new addition to the Beavs secondary: