- Brandon P. Oliver, Reporter, DuckNation
Oregon's current crop of commits have all had outstanding senior seasons, proving why the Ducks pursued them so heavily early in the recruiting process. Two of the team's earliest commits face state championship play-in games this coming weekend.
In-state commits Thomas Tyner (Aloha, Ore./Aloha) and Evan Voeller (West Linn, Ore./West Linn) were the program's only two commits to have their seasons come to an end before the quarterfinals. K Matt Wogan (Indian Trail, NC/Porter Ridge) and his team lost a heartbreaker in the North Carolina 5A state championship game. They lost when North Bern (.N.C) High School scored a TD with less than a minute to go in the game.
Two commits, ATH Tyrell and WR Tyree Robinson (San Diego, Calif./Lincoln), led their team to the CIF San Diego Section Division III Championship. Due to three regular-season losses, Lincoln was not chosen to compete in the regional round of state championship play-in games. The twins did finish their high school football careers with a blowout win over Ramona (Calif.) High School.
Two long-time Oregon commits are still playing and have a chance to advance to state championship games in the football-rich states of Texas and California.
RB commit Dontre Wilson (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto) has been the catalyst all year for the undefeated DeSoto Eagles. The No. 52 player in the ESPN 150 scored all three DeSoto touchdowns as it pulled away from Arlington (Texas) Bowie in the second half of the Texas 5A Region I semi-finals last Saturday.
This week, DeSoto and Wilson move on to face fellow Dallas-Fort Worth powerhouse Southlake (Texas) Carroll at Southern Methodist University on Saturday. With a win, the Eagles will advance to play in the Texas 5A State Division I semifinals against the winner of Allen (Texas) High School and Dallas (Texas) Skyline.
Should DeSoto win its next two games, it will advance to play either Helotes (Texas) O'Connor, San Antonio (Texas) Madison, Houston (Texas) North Shore or Houston (Texas) Lamar.
TE commit John Mundt (Modesto, Calif./Central Catholic) will lead the long-time Central California power against Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds on Saturday at Lincoln High School in Stockton, Calif. The two schools will meet in the CIF Northern Section Division IV Regional. The winner advances to the California Division IV State Bowl Game, where it will face the winner of the CIF Southern Section Division III Regional final, featuring Rio Honda (Calif.) Rio Hondo Prep and Solana Beach (Calif.) Santa Fe Christian.
Oregon's current crop of commits have all had outstanding senior seasons, proving why the Ducks pursued them so heavily early in the recruiting process.