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The Canby High senior-to-be announces his decision to take a scholarhip at Oregon State on Twitter

Canby offensive tackle Jacob Strand made it official June 29, committing to play football for the Oregon State Beavers.

The decision comes after Strand received a scholarship offer from the Beavers in early June.

COURTESY PHOTO - Jacob Strand has accepted a scholarship offer to play football at Oregon State University.

In a post on Twitter, Strand announced his decision, saying "First things first, I want to thank God for blessing me with this opportunity. I'd like to thank my parents for pushing me everyday to be the best man on and off the field. Thank you to all coaches who have taught me in the past…I would now like to announce my commitment to play football at Oregon State University."

Strand, a 6-5, 270-pound offensive tackle, is rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports.

"His spring season really opened people's eyes and we can't wait to see what this fall holds for him and his teammates," said Canby High head football coach Jimmy Joyce after his OSU workout.

Here's how things got started:

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 came out of the struggles in recruiting due to Covid-19.

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 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."

A few weeks later, the soon-to-be Canby High senior officially took the scholarship offer.


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