Two Oregon State Beavers Turn Into Montana Grizzlies
We'd like to help welcome two of the newest members of the team to the Montana Grizzly football family.
Head coach Bobby Hauck and his staff have bolstered Montana's defensive secondary with the addition of Omar Hicks Onu and TraJon Cotton, a pair of cornerbacks transferring to UM from Oregon State.
Hicks Onu, a 6-foot-1, 192-pound senior grad-transfer originally from Carrollton, Texas, and Cotton, a 6-1, 187-pound redshirt-junior originally from Sacramento, California, are both midyear transfers and are set to join the team in time for spring drills.
Both saw time at safety for the Beavers but will compete at cornerback for the Grizzlies in the 2020 season.
Hicks Onu received a medical hardship waiver for the 2018 year, and will come to Montana with one season of eligibility remaining. He says it was Washington-Grizzly Stadium and the passion of Griz nation that drew him to Missoula.
"Montana has a big-time college football feel, with a chance to win big games in an amazing atmosphere. I have had friends play here in the past, and they have nothing but great things to say about it, so I'm looking forward to resuming my career here," said Hicks Onu.
Cotton comes to Montana this spring ahead of his redshirt junior season, leaving him two years of eligibility to compete for the Grizzlies. After an official visit to UM earlier this month he says the team culture and the opportunity to compete at a high level drew him to Montana. "I loved everything on my official visit. I feel like I could help the team win. I'll do whatever coach needs me to do, so I think I could be a valuable piece here."
TraJon is the first person in his family to go to college, and excels in the classroom as an honor roll student.
Welcome, guys, and best of luck in your Griz careers! Our thanks to UM Sports Info Director Eric Taber for giving us the news.