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Monday, January 26, 2009
This Wheaton 'picks' Oregon State

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

The big news in Oregon recruiting should be the commitment of elite cornerback Cliff Harris, but it was another athlete's decision that ruffled feathers in Eugene and had the Oregon State Beavers gleefully pounding their tails.

Markus Wheaton, from Chandler, Ariz., wants to be a Beaver.

So what?

Well, Wheaton is the cousin of Kenny Wheaton.

Who?

Well, for those of you not well-versed in Duck football lore, Kenny Wheaton's 1994 interception return for a touchdown against Washington -- termed "The Pick" -- is only the biggest play in Oregon football history, according to most Duck fans.

So Markus to Corvallis is big news (though Markus to Washington would be even more notable).

Ken Goe speculates that the coaching uncertainty at Oregon might be hurting recruiting, but Oregon's got bigger fish in the water, including quarterback Tajh Boyd, who is expected to choose between Oregon, Ohio State and Clemson on Tuesday.

Still, many Ducks are likely smarting just because the Wheaton name is so meaningful in Eugene. Just as many Beavers are, you know, paddling their tails and doing other things happy Beavers do.