The One Who Got Away: Johnny Manziel 

January, 31, 2013
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Most programs would dwell on the fact that they lost a future Heisman Trophy winner after earning his commitment.

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Kelly Kline/USA TODAY SportsJohnny Manziel made Heisman Trophy history, but the Oregon Ducks have no problem with their current quarterback from the same recruiting class.
Luckily for the Oregon Ducks, getting a commitment from Marcus Mariota made losing Johnny Manziel from the Class of 2011 easy to absorb. Mariota and Manziel both committed to the Ducks within two weeks of ESPN 150 QB Jerrard Randall doing the same.

At the time, most followers were focused on Randall, who was the biggest name at the time. Randall eventually signed with LSU after academic issues with Oregon and is currently enrolled at Northeast Mississippi Community College. Manziel won the Heisman Trophy at Texas A&M and Mariota had a fabulous redshirt freshman season with the Ducks.

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