Any time a program comes away with a four-star athlete that can play a number of different positions, it is a huge plus. When it doubles up by adding two practically identical prospects, it means even more.
That was the case Sunday for the Oregon Ducks when they were able to secure commitments from two of their top remaining targets.
Four-star twin brothers Tyrell Robinson and Tyree Robinson (San Diego, Calif./Lincoln) gave their commitment to Chip Kelly and the Oregon Ducks during their official visit this past weekend. There were a number of reasons the Robinson brothers decided to make the call for the Ducks before even visiting USC, Notre Dame and Washington, their other top schools.
"We just knew that was where we wanted to be," Tyrell Robinson said. "It makes too much sense to wind up anywhere else. The way they use their athletes is what guys like us dream of."
It appears as if the Ducks have big plans for the pair. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Tyrell is being recruited to play outside linebacker for the Ducks. But one of the biggest selling points for the brothers was that what they are being recruited for doesn't mean that is where they'll end up.
"We love playing offense and the coaches told us they like the fact that they could move us to wide receiver and use us to go over the middle or go up and get the deep ball," Tyrell Robinson said. "They know the best way to maximize the skills of all of their players."
Robinson noted that the move to put Colt Lyerla at running back made a huge impact on the pair over the weekend.
"They said they just want me. They know they can move me around and see what works. Same goes for my brother" said Tyrell, the No. 53 athlete in the country. "They have a guy that could be a first round pick at tight end [Lyerla], but they moved him to running back and he went off. They know how to gain an advantage on the other team by putting players all over the field that the opponent can't match up with."
At 6-foot-3, 190-pounds, Tyree is the No. 43 wide receiver prospect in the country. He is considered to be the more explosive of the two and many expect the No. 273 overall player in the ESPN 300 to wind up at wide receiver. Which side of the ball he winds up on remains to be seen, but wherever it is, it will be a boost to the Oregon program -- on the field and in recruiting.
The Ducks are looking to add three linebackers and one more defensive back to their recruiting class. The versatility of the Robinson twins allows them to continue to pursue the likes of Leon McQuay (Seffner, Fla./Armwood) and Juwaan Williams (Tucker, Ga./Tucker) in the secondary. Like the twins, Williams can play in the secondary or as a wide receiver and is being recruited as such.
At linebacker the Ducks are still focused on Victor Egu (Concord, Calif./De La Salle), Myles Jack (Bellevue, Wash./Bellevue), Mike Mitchell (Plano,Texas/Prestonwood Christian Academy) and Zayd Issah (Harrisburg, PA/Central Dauphin).
With the commitment from the versatile Robinson brothers, the Ducks can still bring in three more linebackers and another defensive back without compromising their plans for the class of 2013. If the Ducks were able to land McQuay, Mitchell or any other elite prospects, the Robinson brothers could easily slide to wide receiver, safety, or anywhere else to make room.
With less than 10 spots available in the Ducks' recruiting class, the versatility of the Robinson twins is not only beneficial on the field, but also allows the Ducks to fill the recruiting class with the best available players.
As they have proven time and time again, the Ducks' goal is to get athletes on campus. What happens after that is anyone's guess.
Which is the way Oregon coach Chip Kelly likes it.