It's gotta be the helmets

Updated: July 31, 2013, 1:50 PM ET
By Mitch Sherman | ESPN RecruitingNation

NEWBERG, Ore. -- Drew Gereb was just a 37-year-old Oregon State grad with a colorful softball mask and a crazy dream when he pointed his Dodge Ram pickup south from Portland -- alone, uninvited and unannounced -- toward Corvallis and the OSU athletic offices on a Friday afternoon in March 2008.

He landed in the doorway of Steve McCoy, the Beavers' longtime director of equipment operations, who recalls meeting Gereb with equal parts annoyance and curiosity.

If Gereb had visited during ...

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