Signee Capsule: Aidan Willard

With Signing Day 2017 in the books, BeaverBlitz takes a closer look at each of the new Beavers.

BIO:

Willard missed most of his senior campaign with a knee injury, only playing in 4 games… Member of TMP Elite 7v7 passing league team… Both of Willard’s parents attended Oregon State and Aidan has been a fan for as long as he could remember… Also a standout on the hardwood, having been a member of the varsity basketball team since he was a freshman… Willard checks in at 6’2” and 185 pounds… Participated at The Opening – Oakland Regional camp… 

LEAD OSU RECRUITER:

Dave Baldwin – Area

Kevin McGiven - Position

RECRUITMENT:

Willard chose the Beavers over offers from Cincinnati, Hawaii, New Mexico, and Toledo. He was just starting to see his recruitment pick up steam when he committed to Oregon State, as he was receiving interest from Cal, Arizona, Colorado, Duke, Nevada, Utah and Washington.

WHY OREGON STATE:

“Growing up a Beaver fan, when I got the offer I just thought it’d be awesome and a privilege to be a part of the history of OSU and be able to help the program rise.”

EVALUATION:

Aidan already has a good frame for what Coach Andersen and Coach McGiven are looking for in a quarterback. Played both ways for his high school team, at quarterback and as a safety. Dual threat quarterback, athletic enough to extend plays with his athleticism. A willing runner with the ball, does not shy away from contact. Throws the ball with great touch and plus accuracy. Has above average arm strength but will need to improve footwork in the pocket. Sees the field well, both in making decisions when throwing the ball and reading blocks when running with the ball.

HS COACH QUOTES:

Justin Sienna Head Coach, Brandon LaRocco

“Aidan is a very well rounded quarterback. He can make every throw on the field and his ability to escape pressure and pick up yards with his feet, which makes him a tough match up for most defenses. He is a very competitive young man who demonstrates he loves the game by the passion that he plays with.”

INSIDE THE COMMITMENT:

When Willard committed back in May, he called it a dream opportunity to play for the school he grew up watching. Who would have known at that time just how much his commitment would pay off come signing day 9 months later. Willard was the first member of the TMP Elite team to commit to OSU, Isaiah Hodgins, Isaiah Dunn and Trajon Cotton would follow suit. 


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