Will it be gray for Astoria's Poyer?

OREGON STATE PICKED up a verbal commitment late last week from Jordan Poyer, the uber-athlete out of Astoria High who scored a heady 60 touchdowns his senior season and was named the state's 4A Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year. The plan is for him to delay his enrollment until next January but Poyer also said that's not set in stone just yet. Meanwhile, will strong safety be his calling?

Poyer says he can see the advantages to grayshirting, a process where the recruit signs a letter of intent and then delays his enrollment until the following year. It allows an incoming student-athlete to go through winter offseason workouts, the all-important spring ball session and voluntary summer workouts before a player's first fall camp. The tradeoff, of course, is the waiting.

"I think the grayshirt deal is a good opportunity for me to grow. I'm a young senior, I don't turn 18 until April so it will give me that opportunity to grow, get faster, get bigger," said Poyer, who checks in at 6-foot-1, 179 pounds.

Scholarships are always a precious commodity but look to be particularly so this year -- Oregon State, who had an influx of grayshirts enroll this past January, isn't expected to have room this class to put on scholie the maximum complement of 25, though they're not going to be far off from that number.

Depending on how things shake out over the next several months, Poyer said he could still end up joining the Beavs' football program in the summer.

"The amount of scholarships that they have to give out this year, if they would have had one or two more available to give out, then I would have been one," said Poyer. "But they've already offered 20-some kids and they have commitments from all of them.

"And it's not 100 percent sure that I'll grayshirt. If one of those 20 kids ends up not making it through the Clearinghouse, coach (Jay) Locey said that I'm the next one on the list to be able to come in August. That'd be a great opportunity for me to do that too, but I'm happy (regardless) with my decision."

POYER'S POSITION AT Oregon State probably won't be completely determined until he arrives but the Beavs are leaning towards strong safety, Poyer said. Wide receiver is another option.

"Coach Locey said they were looking at me more as a Greg Laybourn type of safety, a strong safety type of player," said Poyer. I'm not too worried about what position I might be playing at because I feel comfortable playing wideout if they want me to play wideout -- it's just about where I'll fit best in their system.

"If they tell me to go play defense, that's what I'm going to do and I'm going to work my butt off doing it. And if they want me to play offense, I'm going to work just as hard to get the job done."

THE BOOK ON Poyer? He was named both Offensive and Defensive Player of the year in the 4A class in Oregon in '08.

Some of his senior season numbers include: 23 passing touchdowns vs. 8 INT in 200 attempts, 39 rushing touchdowns, 2,200 yards passing, 1,800 yards rushing.

He was also named the Cowapa League Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year, and first team all-league offense and defense.

And on the field, he led Astoria to the school's first ever football state championship.

Poyer, who had offers from Idaho, Portland State and Eastern Washington, said if he does end up grayshirting, he might still decide to get an early jump on schoolwork at OSU.

"I was thinking I might go live with (a friend) and take part-time classes at Oregon State to even get more ahead," said Poyer. "And then in January, I'd move into the dorms and go to school full-time at that point. But there's a lot of things that would need to happen (yet) so I'm not sure.

"I called coach Locey about two days ago and told him I wanted to be a Beaver...he was really excited and couldn't wait to go tell the coaching staff.. My mom went there, my mom's dad went there and it's really family oriented. I really get along with the coaches well."

Jordan Poyer profile

Below is a clip of Poyer scoring six touchdowns in a win over Banks in October of 2008.

Here's another clip of Poyer. This time he scores five touchdowns in a 56-35 victory over Central in the 4A semifinal game.

And finally, highlights from Astoria's 19-11 win over Banks in the Cowapa League title game that was played in Reser Stadium.

BeaverBlitz Top Stories