Oregon Football: 5-Star Recruit Thomas Tyner Reportedly Recommits to Ducks

Ethan Grant@DowntownEGAnalyst IOctober 18, 2012

The Oregon Ducks got some great news for their 2013 recruiting class on Thursday, when Aloha High School (Ore.) running back Thomas Tyner recommitted to his original university of choice. 

Less than 24 hours after shocking the Pac-12 recruiting scene by decommitting from Oregon, he is reportedly back in the good graces of Chip Kelly and the coaching staff. He was expected to visit some other schools down the West Coast, including UCLA, but that is now an afterthought.

Several sources have put Tyner back on the map as an Oregon commit, including CBSSports.com's Bryan Fischer.

247Sports also got the inside scoop on the running back's flip-flopping over the past few days. Tyner said a few words about his decision to ultimately forgo the rest of his college recruiting trips and stick with Oregon.

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.

It was reported that UCLA was in the hunt for Tyner after his decision to renounce his commitment, but with a little more thought and consideration into his college choice, Tyner has decided the Ducks are going to be his brethren for the next four years.

A 6'1", 210-pound back, Tyner has elite speed to go along with above-average strength, especially for an Oregon commit.

The Beaverton, Ore., senior is the complete package as a running back, according to Scout.com and their player profile. His power and speed are second to very few across the nation, and he'll be one of the biggest coups for this year's recruiting class in Eugene.

The national No. 10 overall prospect has some injury history, and durability will be a concern as he finishes his senior year and ultimately enrolls at Oregon. But if he can add some durability to an already sparkling resume, it seems the sky is the limit for the nation's second-leading high school rusher.

Tyner joins DeSoto, Texas, running back Dontre Wilson at the position for the 2013 class.

He rushed for 643 yards and 10 touchdowns early this year in his team's 84-63 win over Lakeridge in September, setting a state record—and on his 18th birthday.

Tyner's inclusion back into the Oregon fold is great news for Kelly and the rest of the Oregon football squad. Much like De'Anthony Thomas did as a freshman, Tyner could make an immediate impact on an already loaded Ducks team in 2013, when many will project them as national title favorites.