As the weather continues to elevate to a 10 on the awesome scale, we also are preparing for part two of the spring practices. As a frequent viewer of message boards, one thing that is not getting a lot of chatter right now is the impact that this spring can have on recruiting. Currently, there are no official visits set up for the Beavers, but spring practice, when school is in session, is a great time to get players in to see the program.
This year, it is an even bigger draw because of the excitement of practice. As a frequent practice attendee in the past, I loved seeing the players work on technique and run through plays, but there was not a ton of excitement in practice. It was about learning and getting better, but the past staff kept things pretty calm.
Under Coach Andersen, there is excitement. Lots of competition, lots of full speed plays, and honestly, lots of intra-squad skirmishes that are building excitement. With Andersen’s mantra of there always being a winner and a loser in every drill, players are working hard to make sure they win every rep. To the casual or discerning fan, this can be exciting because, honestly, it looks as much like football as it does like practice.
So as the weather hangs around 70 degrees and the sun shines down on Prothro Field and Reser Stadium, I hope we hear of potential Beavers visiting regularly. There is a lot of buzz around the program now. ickets are flying off the shelves so to speak, even at increased prices, and the Spring Game looks to be a big hit this year. Like that Field of Dreams saying, “If you build it, they will come…” OSU is building a lot right now, and people are starting to take notice. It will only be a matter of time before they arrive.