Oregon State has received a transfer commitment from former Colorado offensive lineman Van Wells.

A 6-foot-2 center from Houston, Texas, Wells spent two seasons with the Buffaloes where he made 18 starts. He announced on social media on Monday his intent to join the Beavers in Corvallis. Wells has three years to play two.

Colorado’s offensive line was an eyesore in 2023, but Wells was perhaps the only bright spot. He was the highest-graded offensive lineman to see the field, per Pro Football Focus, and received an 80.7 pass-blocking grade from the service. (That would have been the third-best among qualified Oregon State linemen.)

Among qualified Pac-12 linemen, he was the 12th-best pass-blocker and the third-best center. Only Rimington Trophy winner Jackson Powers-Johnson and Washington’s Parker Brailsford received better pass-blocking grades.

He becomes the first transfer commitment of the cycle for Oregon State and the first player, high school or transfer, to commit to the program since Trent Bray took over as head coach.

The Beavs are losing Jake Levengood, Heneli Bloomfield, Joshua Gray, and Taliese Fuaga, so things will look quite different next season. Wells will surely challenge for immediate playing time on the interior of the offensive line given his experience.