Things didn’t go quite as planned this year for quarterback Aidan Willard. A knee injury knocked him out for five weeks during the middle of his senior campaign. Willard returned to his Justin-Siena team for their last two games of the season, leading them to a victory over Drake in his first game back.
“The knee is getting stronger everyday,” he told BeaverBlitz. “As long as I’m taking care of it, making sure I’m icing and everything, it still gets sore, but it feels strong. Hoops is just starting for me, my body feels a little banged up from those last couple games, but I’m having fun.”
With his high school football career coming to a close, Willard has turned his attention to basketball and helping build the dam for his Oregon State Beavers’ recruiting class.
This upcoming weekend, with the Beavers hosting the Arizona Wildcats, Aidan will be on campus for his official visit. It’s a return trip that he has been looking forward to for some time.
“I haven’t been to a game inside Reser for a couple years, so it is definitely something that I’m really excited about doing. I also want to see what the locker room looks like now that it’s finished. It will be cool to get the game day feel from the perspective of a player too, as next year I’ll be a part of this team rather than just a fan.”
One thing on the minds of many people in Beaver Nation is how has the staff addressed the quarterback situation with this recruiting class?
Having seen starter Darell Garretson go down with a season ending foot injury and true freshman walk-on Conor Blount miss time with a knee injury; it has left just sophomore Marcus McMaryion and current redshirt Mason Moran, as the only healthy quarterbacks on the roster. Is it reasonable to expect Willard to come in and compete for the spot as a true freshman?
“We haven’t really talked about whether they plan on redshirting me or not. I’m hoping to talk to them while I’m up there about it. For me, I’d be ok redshirting if we all feel that I need it,” Willard said. “But right now, I’m just looking forward to getting up there and competing for the first couple years and then compete for the starting job at some point and hopefully win it.”
It is well known that Aidan played on the same 7-on-7 team as prized Beaver target, wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins. Willard has done his part in helping court Hodgins, as the two have been talking about the possibilities of continuing their comradery at Oregon State.
“I text Isaiah every now and then. I actually talked to him right before his visit to let him know that it would be a pleasure to play with him again up in Corvallis. We could really do some great things together up there, it would really change the class if we were to get him on board.”
Willard will be speaking with Hodgins again before Isaiah is set to decide this upcoming Friday. He will also be doing his part to help recruit the other Beaver prospects that will be joining him in Corvallis this weekend.
BeaverBlitz will catch back up with Willard after his official visit to get his thoughts on it.