Oregon football's 2013 recruiting class is shaping up quite nicely, thank you. It is difficult to pick just three standout recruits from this excellent list, which has just been officially released by the University of Oregon:
But because we are a nation that loves the best and biggest of almost everything, here come the Ducks' three biggest commits today. See if you agree.
Let's count Tyree and Tyrell Robinson as one commit for this list's purposes. The twins were determined to attend college together, so their recruitment was all or nothing.
These two 4-star athletes from San Diego, CA, will both contribute this season, according to Oregon's Andy McNamara:
Coach Helf on the Robinsons: Guys who can start on all 4 special teams right away #SigningDay— Andy McNamara (@McNamaraUO) February 6, 2013
Beyond special teams, the Robinsons are both listed as "ATH" on the official list, but they should compete for defensive backfield (Tyree) and outside linebacker (Tyrell) positions.
And if that's not enough to make your head spin, the brothers also plan to play basketball for Oregon coach Dana Altman.
In preparation for today, it seemed far-fetched to pull a couple of photos of 4-star defensive end Torrodney Prevot off 247Sports.com. In other words, it's very nice, and unexpected, to be able to use these photos while writing about the Ducks today.
Prevot's surprise announcement will move Oregon's 2013 class up the charts. And, other than the Robinson twins' decision to stick with Oregon rather than join the Washington Huskies, there was likely no happier moment for Duck fans today than when their program stole Prevot from the USC Trojans.
However, Prevot's signing will have lasting repercussions for Oregon. While Prevot may be expected to compete for former Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan's spot, defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti may have more in mind, according to this morning's televised quote from Prevot where he talks about the linebacker position:
It came down to just feeling at home and being the best for me. Oregon was beautiful and was going to give me the best opportunity.They really want my speed off the edge at linebacker. The new staff doesn't matter to me, the guys I'm going to be working with are still there and coach Helfrich took over after being at Oregon.
It's also interesting to note that Oregon has Prevot listed as a linebacker on the signing list. With the loss of Kiko Alonso and Michael Clay, the need at linebacker is certainly obvious.
Duck fans probably don't care that much where Prevot eventually fits in. He's coming to Oregon and that's all that matters today.
Tyner is listed on the official list released by Oregon earlier today, so no nasty surprises are expected. And his recent tweets have all been positive for Duck fans:
Few more months till i start a new chapter in Eugene.— D4SH (@thomas_tyner) February 6, 2013
Not only is Tyner the first 5-star recruit the state of Oregon has produced since current Duck tight end Colt Lyerla, but he is expected to continue the hallowed running back tradition at Oregon. Tyner has blazing speed, excellent size and a great attitude. There is no reason to suspect that he won't be a superstar for the Ducks.
With sophomore Byron Marshall and fellow 2013 running back recruit Kani Benoit from Phoenix, AZ already on Oregon's roster, Tyner will secure strength at the RB position for the Ducks for years to come.
Just watch. With all the sizzle that Thomas Tyner, Torrodney Prevot and the Robinson twins bring to this 2013 recruiting class for the Ducks, it will probably be kicker Matt Wogan who ends up having the biggest impact this year.
All it will take is one big kick at just the right moment.
Kay Jennings is a member of the Football Writers Association of America.
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