Five-Step Drop: A Canadian Pipeline?
1. You can find talent anywhere. This is true in any sport, really. If a sport is being played, there's likely to be good athletes playing it. Sure, some areas have a higher concentration of talent in certain sports, but there's no reason to block off looking anywhere when trying to build a football team, so long as the sport is actually played. With the popularity of football growing significantly in Canada, getting a jump start on the Canadian pipeline might be the smart thing to do.
And it seems like Oregon and Oregon State are going to start tapping into the province of British Columbia quite soon, if the numbers at recent football camps are any indication.
Now, obviously hockey is and always will be No. 1 in Canada, and the level of play is still behind the U.S., but if there are talented players to be had and the Oregon duo builds a foundation of trust with the Canadian high school coaches, it could be an area of strength. They just need to allot time properly and not spend too much time up there.
2. Washington is really parading its prized piece around, as Jake Locker went on "Jake-a-palooza" in New York City recently. He visited several New York landmarks, including the Brooklyn Bridge, Statue of Liberty and ground zero. He's been all over radio shows and ESPN, too, and I don't expect that to stop anytime soon. It's all good for Washington, as any exposure like this is good for the school and recruiting, but at what point does it become too much attention for Locker? And expectations are being heaped all over him from many different places. Can he match those, with a team that is still in the process of building from a disaster? If he does, he'll certainly deserve the Heisman Trophy.
3. While the Trojans aren't suffering a mass exodus -- as many opposing fans seemed to hope would happen -- USC has lost a linebacker to ... Louisville? That's right. Jordan Campbell will join the Cardinals and be immediately eligible due to the circumstances surrounding the sanctions imposed on USC. Campbell was mostly a special teams player in his six appearances last season, but did start one game. In that game, he registered a team-high eight tackles. This is a good grab for Louisville coach Charlie Strong.
4. Incoming Michigan recruit Conelius Jones will not be enrolling at Michigan this coming season, due to insufficient scoring on his standardized college entrance exams. Jones was a quarterback in high school but is listed as an "athlete" as a collegiate player. He's a decent enough recruit who could help Michigan down the road (should he ever gain admission), but the real news here is that this is the third recruit Rich Rodriguez has lost for this class for similar reasons.
5. Pat Tillman will be honored by Arizona State on November 13 of this coming season. We all know the story by now, so it sounds like a definite date to be marked on the calendars of ASU fans. They'll take on Stanford that day, but Tillman's Hall of Fame salute is a must-see event for all Sun Devils patrons.