As we continue to learn Coach Andersen’s recruiting process, it has become indicative that he likes to offer the top high school prospects early; the ones that show mutual interest in the Beavers then, he pursues throughout the process.
As the season progresses, he reassesses where his program stands and what his more immediate needs are. Adjustments are then made in the staff’s recruiting focus to address these needs via the junior college ranks. Since the season started, the Beavers have offered nearly 25 junior college athletes, most being either along the offensive or defensive lines and the defensive backfield.
One such offer was extended to Joquarius Savage, a mammoth offensive tackle playing at Northeast Mississippi Community College that checks in at 6’6” and 330 pounds. With Dustin Stanton, Gavin Andrews, Sean Harlow, and Bobby Keenan all set to graduate upon the end of the season, there is a definite need for o-linemen to step in and compete immediately for playing time.
“I was introduced to Coach Telly Lockette a few weeks ago and we’ve been talking like every week.” He continued, “He’s been telling me about how nice of a school it is, what the west coast is like and how good of a team they are.”
Oregon State isn’t the only school that has offered as Arkansas State, Louisiana Monroe, Middle Tennessee State, South Florida, and Alabama at Birmingham are after the junior college standout. Arkansas State & Louisiana Monroe will both receive visits before Jo’Quarius will be in Corvallis for the Civil War clash with Oregon.
As for what Savage is looking for in a college, he answered, “I want a place to feel like home, where I can be comfortable at. I just want to come in and play.”
Savage originally prepped at Neville High School in Monroe, Louisiana as part of the 2014 class. He was unranked then but held an offer from Louisiana-Lafayette before deciding to go the JUCO route. The true sophomore has been starting at left tackle for the Tigers since he stepped onto campus. He plans on being a December graduate with three years to play two.