Crane’s Siegner Talks His OSU Decision

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CRANE – Heading into his senior year at Crane High School, Cody Siegner wanted the decision made on where to play collegiate football. As EOS reported, the Beavers of Oregon State University won out over a host of offers.

“I really liked the tight end coach at OSU,” explained Siegner of his decision to head to Corvallis next summer. “I have family that lives in the area and family that attended OSU.”

Siegner’s cousin, Samantha, played basketball for the Beavers from 2012-16 after attending West Albany High School.

The decision came after offers from Boise State University, Washington State University, the University of Idaho, the Air Force Academy and Western Oregon University all made a bid for the 6 feet, 7-inch, 225-pound Mustang.

“I also liked Corvallis,” said Siegner. “The town had a smaller feel to it and I am a small town guy.”

With stepping into Reser Stadium still one year away, Siegner said the decision to redshirt his freshman year is undecided. The future Beaver would be able to take the field for four games while still maintaining four years of eligibility (it would be interesting if those games played included matchups versus the Broncos or the Cougars).

Siegner’s plans for the classroom include an agriculture related degree and somewhere down the road, a return to continue a life in Crane.  

Time on the field for the Beavers will place a hiatus on Siegner’s other passion-rodeo. An accomplished roper, Siegner has plans for next summer on the rodeo circuit before hanging the rope on the saddle at least competitively for four years.

“I plan on competing at the high school rodeo finals next summer and then heading to Corvallis for workouts in June,” he said. “If things work out, I will come back for nationals during the summer break from football. After next summer, I will practice roping with friends but the emphasis will be on playing football.”

The Beavers have signed 10 commitments in June with Siegner joining Beaver existing tight ends Gabe Milbourn, Bryce Caufield and Cooper Jensen.

With Corvallis still one year away, Siegner said there still is some business to be taken care of in Crane.

“We need to win that football title we lost last season and we need to repeat our state championship in basketball,” he said.

Siegner is the second eastern Oregon 8-man player making the jump to collegiate 11-man play announced this summer. Imbler’s Justin Frost joined the Idaho State Bengals after graduating in May.