A man who went to the mat for Oregon State University is ready for the bright lights of the WWE.
Former OSU heavyweight Clayton Jack competed for the college from 2009-2012. He has now signed a three-year contract with the WWE and will begin training in Tampa, FL, Jan. 24, according to Oregon State.
OSU said Jack was recruited by former professional wrestler Gerry Brisco to attend a WWE tryout in Florida last summer. He was then offered a contract, but decided to wait on dedicating himself to professional wrestling until finishing school.
The former OSU standout will join close to 50 other professional wrestlers on the NXT tour, which is the WWE's developmental program that mainly competes at venues in Florida.
"I am just really excited for the opportunity to work with the WWE," Jack said. "As far as goals go, I just want to learn as much as possible. Hopefully if I do well in the three years, maybe I can get an NXT title or move up to the WWE."
Jack compiled a 121-37 record en route to four NCAA appearance, two conference championships and became an All-American following his senior year.
People who know Jack say he is a good guy outside the ring, but he's hoping to play a heel, or bad guy, inside of it.
Growing up in Vacaville, CA, Jack admits he was a big WWE fan, especially when it comes to superstars like Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock.
"It's awesome being an Oregon State Beaver and going into the professional ranks of the WWE," Jack said. "I will be the only one so that's cool and means a lot to me."
Copyright 2013 KPTV-KPDX Broadcasting Corporation. All rights reserved.