Aidan Willard is no stranger to Corvallis. He grew up a Beaver fan. His parents attended Oregon State and he spent his younger years before his own football career took off, attending games and cheering for Derek Andersen and Ken Simonton. Now he is committed to play for Oregon State and was able to make his official visit this weekend.
We caught up to the 6-foot-2, 185 pound gunslinger at the airport before he left to return home to Napa, California to get his thoughts on the trip.
"It was really fun, I loved it," Willard said. "The best part was really getting to meet with the coaches and especially with Coach McGiven and to see the game plan and what really goes into it."
Willard has been to many games inside Reser Stadium before, but being on an official visitor gave him a whole new insight.
"Being able to be on the field before and after the game and then go into the locker room, those are things that you don't get to see from a fan perspective in the stands," he said. "My host was Connor Laverty, a wide receiver from Portland and we hung out with a bunch of the freshman. I also spent a lot of time with my family and seeing some friends that are up there during our free time."
The visit solidified his commitment to the Beavers and he is more than a little excited to sign his Letter of Intent in February. After Signing Day, he will begin working out with a plan sent to him by the Beaver strength staff in order to get a jump start and be ready for when he reports for the BEST Program in late June.
While in Corvallis, Willard also received news that his 7-on-7 teammate, wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins would be joining him in Corvallis next year.
"It is huge," Willard said of Hodgins commitment. "I was really excited to hear that he was going to be a Beaver on Friday night. I had sent him a text saying it would be cool to play together."
The two have built quite a chemistry over the past year on Team TMP, now they will continue that bond in Corvallis.
Stay tuned to BeaverBlitz for more from the weekend's recruiting efforts.