QB Recruit Terry Wilson Flips from Nebraska to Oregon

Justin Ferguson@@JFergusonBRCFB National AnalystSeptember 6, 2015

3-star QB Terry Wilson
3-star QB Terry WilsonCredit: 247Sports

As Oregon started life without Marcus Mariota on Saturday with new starting quarterback Vernon Adams, the Ducks got a huge win for their future at the position with 3-star 2016 signal-caller Terry Wilson.

The 3-star Nebraska commitment visited Oregon for its season-opening 61-42 victory against Eastern Washington on Saturday and wasted no time in flipping his pledge to the Ducks.

Andrew Nemec of the Oregonian first reported Wilson's change of heart, and Justin Hopkins of 247Sports later confirmed it. 

Wilson tweeted about his decision Sunday afternoon:

"I picked Oregon because it's a great fit for me, I am excited to be [a part] of something special," Wilson said, per Hopkins. "They really do focus on recruiting the same characteristics for players, and I fit in well with the team."

Wilson originally committed to Nebraska in May, but Oregon stepped up its recruiting efforts over the summer. Former Nebraska quarterback and current Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost was Wilson's lead recruiter from the Ducks.

According to Hopkins, Frost flew to Oklahoma in the spring to watch Wilson during the evaluation period and offered the young quarterback a scholarship.

Wilson stayed committed to Nebraska, but he recently changed his plans to visit Eugene earlier in the season. That decision turned out to be a game-changer in his recruitment.

"The deciding factor, it was really coming out here, getting to hang out with the players," Wilson said, per Nemec. "They take a lot of pride in the program. They are good character guys. It was good being around them. Seeing them play (Saturday night) was a big deal, too. I could see myself playing there." 

In addition to his close relationship with Frost, Wilson told Nemec he has gotten to know Adams, the senior graduate transfer from Eastern Washington.

"I talked to Vernon before I made the trip to Oregon. He follows me on Twitter," Wilson said. "He's a pretty cool guy. It's like a big brother-little brother type of deal already."

Wilson is now the second quarterback commitment in the class of 2016 for Oregon, joining 4-star Texas native Seth Green. Nebraska is now down to one quarterback pledge—3-star California native Patrick O'Brien.

With Nebraska running more of a pro-style offense under first-year head coach Mike Riley, Wilson looks like a perfect fit to join what could be a huge quarterback battle in Eugene for 2016 and beyond. 

The 6'2 ½", 187-pound dual-threat weapon has plenty of athleticism to make plays with his legs, but he has been more of a pass-first quarterback in high school.

Last season at Del City High School in Oklahoma City, Wilson threw for 2,850 yards and 24 touchdowns while only rushing for 194 yards and four scores.

"I’m a quarterback that can run, but I have a great arm," Wilson told Mike Schaefer of 247Sports earlier this year. "If I have to, I can get out of the play with my feet. I think that’s something people misunderstand about me as a player. I don't just run."

Wilson told Nemec his high school runs a similar offensive system to the famed Oregon attack, so he should be able to hit the ground running whenever he arrives in Eugene next year.

Recruit rankings courtesy of 247Sports.

Justin Ferguson is a college football writer at Bleacher Report. You can follow him on Twitter @JFergusonBR.

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