Oregon sure must have changed. About 30 years ago when my wife and I were researching places to retire (lived in southern California then) and Oregon and Washington were first on our list. Didn't take long to scratch them both. I remember a big billboard that said something like this: Californians, welcome to Oregon, visit us, spend your money, then go home. (can't remember the exact wording, but you get the gist of it) This sign was on the interstate when you entered the state at Grants Pass. Hope things are different now!
I was also recruited by OSU for a football scholorship, stayed home and went to USC.