It’s been no secret that the Beavers have been after a JUCO cornerback that fits the culture of Oregon State. A new name has emerged for Beaver fans but he’s definitely not a stranger to recruitniks across the country.
As a prep in the class of 2015, Jaylon Lane accumulated nearly 40 scholarship offers and had been committed to Ole Miss and Oklahoma State at different points in his recruitment. Things ended up not working out and he landed at Jones County Community College in Mississippi, where he started as a true freshman.
This past season, the 6-foot 3-inch corner played at Independence Community College in Kansas, where he earned all-conference honorable mention honors. He tallied 43 tackles, 3 fumble recoveries, 6 pass breakups and 5 interceptions.
“Our team finished our season in a four way tie for 2nd place in our conference with a 5-4 record. I put up some numbers that I feel really good about and I didn’t allow a single touchdown reception. So I think it was a solid season,” Lane told BeaverBlitz.
With his eyes set on graduating this December, he has turned his attention to his recruitment. Earlier this fall, Lane committed to the University of Texas at San Antonio shortly after receiving an offer. As the season progressed, more programs took notice of his play and the offers started to come in. UCLA, Louisiana Tech, Middle Tennessee State and Oregon State are the latest programs to extend offers, joining Marshall, New Mexico, Arkansas State and Bowling Green in their pursuit of the corner. Lane officially de-committed from UTSA on Sunday.
As for his contact with Oregon State, it is rather new but it doesn’t mean that he isn’t very interested in what the Beavers have to offer, as he was quick to set up an official visit for Civil War weekend.
“They reached out to me about four weeks ago on Twitter, and they’ve just been on me. They wanted to see how I progressed over my last three games and as I approached my graduation in December. They finally extended an offer.”
Through his communications with Coach Hall and Coach Yray, Lane has been able to learn a bit about Oregon State but it’s really what is going on within Valley Football Center that has him so interested in the program.
“I know Coach Andersen is a great coach. He came in and really wanted to turn a program around. I’m a big believer in coming into a program and turning it around and making it into something special just like we did here at Independence. They hadn’t had a winning record in like 25 years, so with us going 5-4 this year and beat four ranked teams in a row. So if I do choose to go there, that would be a big reason why, to be able to do that.”
We’ll catch back up with Jaylon Lane following his official visit to see if he was swayed to being a part of the Beavers class.