- Brandon P. Oliver, Reporter, DuckNation
An unexpected bye week had Oregon commit Matt Wogan (Indian Trail, N.C./Porter Ridge) in Eugene a week earlier than he had planned.
When he visited Oregon's campus this summer for the Ducks' camp, Wogan impressed the coaches enough to earn an offer soon after the camp ended.
He, too, had come away impressed and had seen enough to know Oregon was where he wanted to be.
"It was an amazing trip. The coaches challenged me and I was able to respond, and that made an impression on me," said Wogan, the country's No. 4 kicker. "The fact that they had so much faith in me based off of a few kicks in a camp is what really convinced me that Oregon was right for me."
This time around, the dual-threat kicker brought along some family to make sure they felt the same vibe that he had during the summer.
"Oh, it was even better than I remember. The atmosphere around the stadium was incredible," Wogan said. "Even though the game was out of hand early on, you get an idea of what it's like during a big game. I can't even imagine that I'll be kicking in that stadium next year."
Wogan heard that the Ducks roll out the red carpet for official visitors, but he prefers calling it something else.
"Red carpet? Nah, it's more like the gold carpet. It was more than I could have ever imagined," he said. "The way they do things there is unbelievable. People see the uniforms and the facilities, but it is so much more than that."
Wogan's father came away with a good feeling as well.
"He was blown away. He thought the coaches, the campus, the academics and everything else -- they were all top-notch" Wogan said. "With Oregon being on the other side of the country, I know my family had some questions, but they were all answered this weekend."
Wogan also had what he called an amazing conversation with his dad after the visit.
"At first, my dad was hesitant to give me his blessing to go across the country like that for school. He wasn't sure if I had made the right decision," Wogan said. "After the visit, he didn't want to leave. He said it was the best decision I had ever made in my life. It felt great to know that my dad trusts me to make a big decision like this. He's ready to move up there tomorrow."
While everything was as good as it could have been, Wogan did take issue with one thing during his visit.
"I'm from the South, and I drink sweet tea any chance I get," Wogan said. "You can't find any out there, but it's not a problem. I was raised on Southern home cooking. I can whip up some sweet tea any time I need it."