Monday, September 16, 2013

September 16, 2013
After watching Jaylen Johnson and his mother having a seemingly wonderful time while visiting Oregon over the past weekend; including the pair working together to "flash the Oregon O" without even being asked, it seemed as if Oregon might be a legitimate option for the young man.

Johnson had always thought highly of Boise State and many thought he was a near lock for the Broncos.

as it turns out, those people were correct.

But the choice is perplexing only in that it came literally hours after Johnson returned home from his Oregon visit. It is really only perplexing because of aforementioned photograph of Johnson and his mother.

For the most part, I am okay with the choice because I thought all along he was a Boise State eventual commit.

One thing that has been getting on my nerves lately, though, is people who think that because Oregon wins more than Team A, anyone who chooses Team A over Oregon must either:

1) Have an academic problem
2) Must not have a committable Oregon offer
3) Has bad Character
4) Doesn't want to win

The reality is that kids choose college for a variety of reasons. The most important of which is their personality and how it meshes with the team, coaches and city. A kid could love a bunch of things about a university and really enjoy the atmosphere but simply feel it is not the right fit.

That shouldn't automatically indicate some sort of character flaw. Oregon only has 24 spots open this year... and there will be over 3000 students who sign a National Letter of Intent. Clearly Oregon cannot sign everyone; and not everyone who has an offer feels Oregon is the best fit.

Several weeks ago, Oregon lost a commit who simply lost the passion for the sport. The fans were very classy in their response. I sure wish they could be just as classy when a young man chooses another school.


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