07.Nov.2009 Recruiting News
Will Storey committed to the Beavers. He’s a local product and a zero star athlete by both major recruiting services. His only offers were Portland State and Washington State.
Beaver fans, we are now recruiting PSU and WSU players. Every other coach in America, except the aforementioned desperate cellar dweller and a DII school, believe this player is a miss. Yet Mike Riley felt the need to not offer a walk-on opportunity, but instead to waste one of a dozen scholarships available this year on this borderline DI player. Even though Storey is not a walk-on, people are sure to bring up Mike Hass in this debate–realize there’s been 1 Mike Hass out of hundreds of OSU walk-ons.
I’ve never seen Storey play, but I do believe in odds, majority, etc when it comes to recruiting. If nobody wanted this player there’s good reason. Can you say Kameron Krebs? Why are we recruiting these guys. We have three top 25 finishes in a row and the best we can do is PSU and WSU caliber players? Earlier in the week we signed Donnell Welch, another zero star athlete with no offers. This one looks like an academic casualty since he had a lot of interest, but it makes you wonder yet again about our recruiting strategy.
The only thing I can deduce from these late offers and signings is that we’ve struck out with our entire A and B list and we’re now moving to C (Welch) and D (Storey). This is a really sad state of affairs, and the more C-level recruiting I have to watch the more bitter I become about the Heyward hiring. Robin Pflugrad was out there for the Beavers taking. When a program continually makes boneheaded decisions it’s just a matter of time before they catch up. I think last years recruiting class was so strong that we might not see the effects of this years atrocious effort until 3 years down the line when we have major depth/talent deficiency issues, but we will see it. With the rest of the PAC-10 coaches, outside of Paul Wulff, being top 25 recruiters, something needs to change and sooner rather than later.
On a more positive note, Devon Collier committed to the men’s basketball team. Craig Robinson hauls in another top 100 recruit (to dreaded Corvallis, no less, where “no top recruits want to play”). Collier’s offer sheet includes full rides from Duke, Connecticut, Pitt, Seton Hall, Syracuse, and West Virginia. Enough said?