In recent years, Oregon State has featured some of the strongest running back play anywhere. Jermar Jefferson and BJ Baylor powered backfields that ranked top-20 in rush yards per play each of the last two seasons.

But both have left the program. Maybe Jamious Griffin is next. The former Georgia Tech running back announced on Monday he intends to transfer to Oregon State.

The 5-foot-10, 210-pound back has three years of eligibility remaining. In three seasons at Georgia Tech, he totaled 91 rushes for 377 yards (4.1 yards per carry) and two scores. Last season, he saw action in just three games while logging seven carries for 23 yards.

Griffin first put his name into the transfer portal in December but pulled it out, then entered the portal again in February. In Corvallis, he finds a landing spot where he can potentially fill a role as an every-down No. 1 back.

The Beavers need to replace Baylor’s production from last season, when he ran for a Pac-12-leading 1,336 yards in 2021. To do so, the Oregon State staff has been a player in the transfer market so far, extending offers to Stanford transfer backs Austin Jones and Nathaniel Peat, in addition to Colorado transfer Jarek Broussard. But all three picked other schools.

Griffin was a 4-star back coming out of high school and rated as the 25th-best running back in in the Class of 2019, per the 247 Composite. During his senior campaign at Rome (Ga.) High School, Griffin ran for 2,662 yards and 37 touchdowns.

He’s the first transfer to join the Beavers so far this offseason.