COMMIT: Thank satellites for Beav verbal

CHANCES ARE, IF Mike Riley and his coaches don't head to Texas to work a satellite camp back in June, Angelo Garbutt probably isn’t a Beaver verbal commit right now. But OSU did send their coaches to work the camp close to Garbutt in Lewisville, Texas. And things went into overdrive after that. The 6-2, 205-pound linebacker prospect talks about his black and orange pledge …

“It was close by, it wasn’t that far, about 15 minutes from our house,” said Garbutt of the June camp where he was tutored by Mike Riley and OSU linebackers coach Trent Bray.

Garbutt, out of Hebron High, has a good frame on which to put more muscle and bulk at the next level. He’s already got the things they haven’t figured out how to teach yet.

“They liked my speed, agility, my size -- and just how athletic I am for a linebacker,” said Garbutt.

At the satellite camp, both parties didn’t take long to see a fit.

“It was just when I met then coaches, I could really learn from them when I go up there,” said Garbutt. “I felt Coach Bray could teach me to the best linebacker I can be. And when I met Coach Riley, I felt like he was a wise man who could teach me and it just felt like a family when I met the coaches at the camp.”

Garbutt already has his official visit date set.

“I’ll be going up there Sept. 20 … I’m committed to Oregon State… I’m very, very excited,” said Garbutt.

Some schools and coaches are lobbying for satellite camps to go away.

They feel it allows schools to come into their territories and gain a better chance to pick up recruits. And they’re right.

The problem with that is these schools want the right of refusal – if a prospect goes somewhere else and turns out to be a good player, they don’t want to look bad.

In other words, if they can’t have them, no one should.

The goal should instead be all about what benefits the student-athlete, what benefits a guy like Angelo Garbutt.

Without satellite camps, Garbutt, who has yet to see Corvallis, in all likelihood isn’t a Beaver pledge and who knows what might have happened in the weeks to come. But once OSU did see him up close at field level and have a chance to coach him hands-on, they undoubtedly saw him as being a great fit for the Beaver D plus the mutual interest level truly took off.

And so here’s to hoping the NCAA does the right thing, and the coaches lobbying against satellite camps, stop trying to diminish a prospect's chances and opportunities.

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