Oregon Football Recruiting: Robinson Twins' Decision
Tyree Robinson photo courtesy 247Sports.com
Does it feel a little like Christmas morning to you? What Oregon football recruiting package will you open first? Will the Ducks get everything on their wish list?
If the excitement surrounding national signing day gets any bigger, the president is going to have to call for a national holiday. It probably already is one in Alabama and Florida. The news just hasn't reached the West Coast yet.
Andy McNamara, Oregon's assistant AD for communications, tweeted how the Ducks will handle today:
— Andy McNamara (@McNamaraUO) February 6, 2013
Despite this, there is still news coming in from other sources, including the athletes themselves.
Let's take a look at what we know and how we know it so far, and get you caught up on the news from earlier in the week.
Dontre Wilson photo courtesy 247Sports.com
By now, you probably know that 4-star running back Dontre Wilson from DeSoto, Texas will not be wearing green and yellow next season.
Wilson flipped from Oregon to Ohio State after former head coach Chip Kelly's departure to the NFL.
No hard feelings, kid. Oregon fans will miss watching you play in Eugene, but everyone wishes you well in your college career.
As for Urban Meyer, there might be a few people out west who hope he got a bad fish taco last night.
Tyrell Robinson photo courtesy 247Sports.com
Well, that's a relief. Losing Tyree and/or Tyrell Robinson would have been a blow to the Ducks.
Losing them to the Washington Huskies would have been unbearable.
According to Justin Hopkins of 247Sports.com, the brothers have signed their letters of intent.
In what may turn out to be the best headline of the day—"Oregon TWins the Day"—Hopkins reports that the Ducks have held on to secure the 4-star twins.
Despite a heavy push by head coach Steve Sarkisian and the Washington Huskies—that would be h.e.a.v.y.—and last-minute attention from USC, the Ducks kept the Robinson twins in the fold.
Expect these two terrific athletes to contribute on defense; Tyree probably at defensive back, and Tyrell at linebacker. With the huge losses to graduation, and with some top Ducks prospects signing elsewhere at the linebacker position this year, it would have been devastating to lose these two.
This is a good time to remind you that nothing is official until Oregon confirms it's received letters of intent, which they will do later today.
Cameron Hunt photo courtesy 247Sports.com
More good news for Ducks fans.
Cameron Hunt, the 4-star offensive tackle, has tweeted that he is now a Duck:
Hunt was a former California Golden Bears commit, who decommitted late last week, primarily because of the firing of former head coach Jeff Tedford and line coach Jim Michalczik.
While Hunt's signing with Oregon was not a surprise, this is a huge get for the Ducks at a position of need.
Hunt is 6'4" and 267 pounds. Rivals.com ranks him as the No. 18 offensive tackle in the nation.
Again, not to be paranoid, but nothing is official until Oregon says it is.
Ready. Set. Go.
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Some of you may feel that national signing day is a circus.
To an extent, it is.
However, there is no denying the facts. This is new head coach Mark Helfrich's first NSD without Chip Kelly, and there are several important questions that will be answered today.
Will the Ducks lose any more commits? Will Urban Meyer and Steve Sarkisian continue to poach and decimate Oregon's 2013 class? Will there be any last-minute, happy surprises?
Coach Helfrich, let's go.
Please make sure your FAX machine has paper in it, and let's see how the Oregon football program looks going forward.
Kay Jennings is a member of the Football Writers Association of America.