Two Of Oregon's Best Join Beavers Post Signing Day. News out of Corvallis, Oregon the past few days is showing us that recruiting goes on well after signing day. The Beavers landed the written pledge of two terrific Tight Ends from in-state schools. Both of them had offers to play at lower level schools but both decided to join the Beavers and take their chances at earning the right to play on Saturday's. In the case of these two we think they made a heck of a good choice. Oregon State has long been known for developing talent and taking character guys and making that a major criteria in doing so.
Jack Holum was the most talented athlete on the Lakeridge football team last season. The 6'6"- 240 lb. star showcased everything any team could want on the football field. He is a born leader and a young man with a very bright future being an academic star as well. This young man is fierce on the field. Off the field he is well spoken, has a gentile demeanor, and approaches each conversation with thought. I always felt like I was talking to the CEO or a major corporation or a polished lawyer when we spoke. He was all league on offense and defense, plays basketball and LaCrosse, and was very active in the student body as a Pacer. Beaver nation you got a great one in Jack Holum.
The other big get for the Beavers is 6'4"- 215 lb. Bryce Bramscher from St Mary's High School outside Medford. Bryce was his teams MVP and an All League selection going for 1,200 yards and 19 TD's. We covered Bryce in several stories this season and spent time with he and his family discussing his recruiting and all that goes into making the leap. This young man can really help the Beavers in the H back position and at TE but is also a potent option as a Safety or Outside Linebacker. Bryce is also a phenomenal student having earned scholarships to Valpariso and other academic schools before signing with the Beavers.
Bramscher is quick and has excellent hands. He is a quiet and reserved kid but behind that persona is a kid who loves to compete and win. He visited many schools and have multiple offers before accepting this option and knew the minute he met the Coaching staff and saw the Campus he wanted in. It was the fact that the Beavers staff recruited him hard and showed they wanted him that sealed the deal.
These two should be a tremendous influence on the team. Many former High School stars from around Oregon have moved on to Oregon State using the Preferred Walk On method and earned full ride scholarships within a year or two. Some even have jumped to the NFL or are going to get a shot like Thurston High School star SS Devin Chappell.
Coach Gary Andersen was quoted as saying, "Recruiting young men from Oregon will always be a priority for us and we are excited to have Bryce and Jack join Beaver Nation!"
That is a Coach putting his money where his mouth is and actually doing it - we applaud him and the Beavers and wish the best for Jack Holum and Bryce Bramscher as they make this transition.