05.Jul.2011 Dead Ducks: Beavers to Benefit?
Locally, I'm hearing some noise that the two remaining Arroyo Grande prospects (Seth Jacobs and Garrett Weinreich) favor the Beavs right now. Granted, neither has visited so there's a long way to go, but the person who told me this is an ex-coworker/HS football fan who lives in Arroyo Grande.
It got me wondering if the Beavers will benefit from all the negativity surrounding shady recruiting tactics, street agents, and pay for play. Mike Riley should be able to use that negativity to OSU's advantage. I originally wrote this post four days ago, but then the Lyles story blew up again, so I pulled it down until now. Since that time ESPN has published this article essentially confirming my hunch.
Granted, Oregon and Oregon State don't usually go after the same caliber player, but in the few instances where they do, I prefer the Beaver's odds during this recruiting cycle.
When the high-flying, tech bubble burst in 2000, where did investors go as a safe haven? Back to the "boring" blue chips and their quarterly dividends. Do these kids, who are investing in their future, have the savvy to go with the safe bet? We'll find out. Early returns are promising. Riley should be out there selling his story and specifically contrasting it against all the scandal. Parents don't want their kids getting dragged through the mud; parents don't want their kid to be the next Lache Seastrunk.
Played wisely, Oregon State could benefit tremendously while USC is in detention and Oregon dons the "Dunce" cap. This is about recognizing the opportunity and understanding how to take advantage, which hasn't been a strong point of this staff. There is renewed energy and urgency in the program, however, so perhaps they can expend it to capitalize on others' misfortune.