Thomas Tyner Decommits from Oregon: Do Ducks Fight for 4-Star RB or Move On?
Update at 12:00 p.m. EST on Thursday 10/18.
"It was hard, this has has been a very hard week for me," Tyner said. "I've always loved Oregon and the coaching staff and the team. This is home and this is where I want to play my college football. That never changed, I just thought I should take some other visits to be 100-percent certain. But after some thinking, I know this is where I want to be. I want to be a Duck."
This comes just a day after Tyner decommited from the Ducks, as originally reported below.
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According to quotes via Brandon P. Oliver of ESPN.com, the talented back wants to explore other possibilities before truly making a commitment. Tyner said:
I love Oregon and everything about it. I made the decision to commit there a long time ago and feel like I'll never know if it is truly the right place for me if I don't see anywhere else.
Oliver also reports that UCLA seems to be the school that Tyner is most interested in, and it was a huge factor in his decision to decommit:
Tyner has long said that the one school that has continued to recruit him despite his commitment to the Ducks was UCLA. UCLA's persistence, coupled with Tyner's desire to experience the California lifestyle, led him to make the decision to decommit.
Where do the Ducks go from here?
As it stands, this is a huge loss for Kelly and his staff. Tyner is only a 4-star recruit, but he possesses superstar potential. He runs a 4.30 40-yard dash, according to 247Sports, and he was the perfect fit for their offense.
Remember, this is the same player that broke the state of Oregon's single-game rushing record with 644 yards and 10 touchdowns, so that goes to show the type of potential that he has.
Losing Tyner has to hurt right now, but this is a recruit that Kelly and the Ducks should not give up on.
He obviously still thinks highly of their program, and the Ducks are his home-state team, so they have advantages galore over the likes of UCLA. What Oregon can't provide is the "California lifestyle" Oliver reports Tyner wants to experience, but perhaps the Ducks can overshadow that with the winning lifestyle they bring to the table.
Oregon is currently ranked No. 3 in the BCS standings, while UCLA is not even in the top 25.
Will Oregon be able to get Tyner to recommit?
Tyner was committed to the Ducks for just under a year, which means that they have a lot of history to fall back on with the 4-star recruit. Oregon would be unwise to give up here and just throw that all away.
How did UCLA get itself back into the picture for Tyner? It stayed relevant, continued to recruit him, and it was able to sway his mind enough to get him to decommit.
Oregon has to take that same approach if it wants to get Tyner back. It needs to be constantly keeping in touch with him, and now it knows what it's going up against.
Oregon knows that it has to make a better pitch than UCLA, and as good of a head coach as Jim Mora has been for the Bruins from a recruiting standpoint, he can't hold a candle to what Kelly and the Ducks have to offer elite recruits.
Tyner fits Oregon's offense perfectly, and he could become a star as a member of the Ducks. That's not to mention the allure of the cool jerseys, the national attention and the potential of being a national championship contender year after year.
Oregon still has a huge advantage here for the 4-star running back, so it needs to fight to get him back into the fold.
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