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The Cougar offensive tackle was the beneficiary of a new NCAA rule that pertains to the recruiting process

A private one-on-one workout for Oregon State coaches ended with something pretty special for Canby's Jacob Strand – a scholarship offer to play football for the Beavers.

Strand and the Beavers took advantage of a new NCAA rule that allows for private one-on-one workouts for one hour during non-official visits. The rule sprung from the struggles in recruiting due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

COURTESY PHOTO: JACOB STRAND - Canby High junior Jacob Strand recently received a scholarship offer from the Oregon State football program after a new one-on-one workout during an unofficial visit.

The new rule proved a boon to Canby's offensive tackle as he participated in a one-on-one with OSU offensive line coach Jim MIchalczik that must have left an impression on the OSU coach. Because Strand left the workout, and subsequent meeting with head coach Jonathan Smith, with a scholarship offer from the Beavers.

Strand, a Canby High junior, announced the offer on his twitter account after his workout June 1: "After a great day in Corvallis I am thrilled to announce I have been offered a scholarship to continue my athletic and academic career. Go Beavers." Canby football coach James Joyce said that he's "really excitd for him and his family. Jacob is a great football player, but is even a better person with a tremendous future ahead of him no matter what he decides to do. His spring season really opened people's eyes and we can't wait to see what this fall holds for him and his teammates. I am sure even more opportunities will be coming his way as the recruiting process intensifies and we get back into a normal football schedule."

While the 6-5, 270-pound Strand now holds a Pac-12 scholarship offer from the Beavers, he might not be done getting that kind of attention. He also holds an offer from Air Force and recruiting services have him getting potential interest from other western area colleges.

More Canby: Canby's do-everything player Chance Miller has been selected to play in the Les Schwab Bowl. Miller, who starred on offense, defense and special teams for the Cougars before a leg injury derailed his season, has signed a National Letter of Intent with Air Force.

Whether he plays in the bowl game is still a question as he recovers from the injury he sustained.


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