POYER: 'The most athletic kid I've ever seen'

MIKE RILEY AND company have shown a knack for unearthing recruiting gems, dusting off the fragments and buffing them into an All-Pac-10 crown jewel. One potential gem is Jordan Poyer -- a three sport uber-athlete from Astoria High with the chops to line up on either side of the ball, at multiple positions. BF.C asked Gary Henley of the Daily Astorian for insight on Poyer, and boy did he deliver.

"I’ve been covering high school sports for 20 years, and Jordan is the most athletic kid I’ve ever seen in person, with the exception of Troy Polamalu," Gary Henley of The Daily Astorian said. "I have been in Astoria long enough to see Derek Anderson when he was with Scappoose, and while Anderson was the better quarterback, Poyer is the better athlete."

The list of postseason accolades Poyer earned as a senior is impressive. He was named first team all-state and all-league on both sides of the ball while earning 4A Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year honors. It was the first time since 1982 that an upper division player earned player of the year honors on defense and offense in the same year.

"(Poyer) had games where he had 500 yards of offense - as a quarterback, runner, and passer," coach Mike Riley said. "A great get - I am very excited about him.  I have no doubt about his contribution to this program.  He will be a terrific player at Oregon State."

The 6-foot-1, 179-pound athlete's offensive numbers are impressive as well. He passed for 2,362 yards and 23 touchdowns with just eight interceptions while running for 1,770 more yards and a gaudy 39 scores.

"He can be elusive and outrun guys, or he can run through them," Henley said.

Poyer finished his high school career as Astoria's career leader in five different categories (touchdowns (124), passing yards (4,755), touchdown passes (52), rushing yards (3,816) and rushing touchdowns (67)).

"If you watch film of Poyer, he does the little things that you don’t always see high school players do - waiting for his blockers, switching the ball to the outside arm when he runs, etc." Henley said. "He’s the same way defensively, great open-field tackler, great at stripping the ball."

As a safety he was one man wreaking crew tallying four interceptions, returning three of them for six, causing 11 fumbles, recovering six of them, and wrapping up 19.5 tackles for loss, including 9.5 sacks.

Poyer's best game came against Central in the semifinal game when he ran 30 times for 193 yards and five touchdowns while completing 14 of 17 passes for 345 yards and two touchdowns. "Jordan was just at another level," Henley said.

While obviously the Beavers are getting a standout on the gridiron, they are also getting a great guy off of the field.

"Great family, great character," Henley said. "He’s a humble kid (that small town stereotype), always talking about the team more than himself. In addition to his athleticism, his study habits and the way he prepares for games really sets him apart."

Henley continued to praise Poyer saying he is "very intelligent, (he) studies film, and knows the strengths and weaknesses of every team he faces."

When Poyer does get on campus Henley thinks he will thrive in a competitive environment and when he only has to focus on one position.

"Jordan is the type of player who won’t back down from a challenge," Henley said. "In fact, he will probably push himself to become even better. He’s very competitive."

As for making the jump from 4A ball to the Pac-10, Poyer should transition nicely as he compares favorably to some of the most recent standout recruits that have suited up in the Oregon prep football system.

"He may not get the hype of a player from a bigger school, but when you look at the success of athletes from Oregon high schools roughly the same size or smaller (the Linehan brothers, Derek Anderson, Polamalu, Kellen Clemens, AJ Feeley, Kevin Boss, Ben Archibald, Brian Bruney, Dante Rosario, Jacoby Ellsbury) - it seems the successful collegiate players and professional players from Oregon tend to come from the 3A and 4A high schools," Henley said.

"With his combination of strength and speed, he’s physically ready."

As of now, OSU coaches have said they don't know where Poyer will line up -- and he may grayshirt. Some on the staff want him on defense as a safety, others want to try him out as a receiver. No matter his ultimate destination, he appears a virtual lock to make an impact over the course of his career.

"Oregon State is getting a great player," Henley said. "And I haven’t even talked about what he can do on the baseball field."



  • Poyer's father played college football at Eastern New Mexico and is now a youth football coach in Astoria

  • Coach Jay Locey told the Joe Beaver Radio Show - "He is a three sport athlete and liable to get drafted in baseball as well this year.  He is a basketball player, obviously a gifted football player.  4A Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year.  Jordan is very capable of being that kind of guy.  In the Greg Laybourn mold."

  • Riley is open to Poyer playing both football and baseball, but they have not talked about him being a dual sport athlete yet.

  • For more information on Poyer, visit the 2009 Pledge Board.

A big thanks to Gary Henley of The Daily Astorian for providing his insight on Poyer.

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