Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Robinsons still tripping to Ohio State?
By Brandon P. Oliver
Ohio State and Oregon are locked in a battle for a quartet of the Ducks' top commitments. Things have changed daily since Chip Kelly's departure, but it appears that half of the quartet being wooed by Urban Meyer has put an end to the speculation.
After an in-home visit with an army of Oregon coaches on Tuesday evening, ATH Tyrell Robinson (San Diego, Calif./Lincoln) and twin brother WR Tyree Robinson (San Diego, Calif./Lincoln) have scrapped their plans to visit Ohio State this weekend.
"No, we're not going to visit Ohio State anymore," said Tyrell, the nation's No. 50 athlete prospect. "The visit with the Oregon coaches was amazing. They're like family now. It's all about the Ducks."
It used to be that the Ducks were battling schools such as Colorado and Arizona all the way up to signing day for mid-level recruits. Now, the Ducks are trying to stave off late charges from Ohio State and USC, both of which have made last-ditch efforts to flip the twins, who have been committed to Oregon since late September.
The four-star duo visited USC last weekend after learning that Kelly had moved on to the NFL. The Trojans are close to home and, like Oregon, they are offering the twins a chance to play basketball and football. While the two-sport stars enjoyed their visit to Los Angeles, it also showed them how difficult the recruiting process can be.
After the visit, Tyree -- No. 272 in the ESPN 300 -- expressed his displeasure with the ever increasing stress of the recruiting process.
"This recruiting process is stressing me out because these coach lie and talk bad about each other," the nation's No. 42 receiver told DuckNation on Sunday. On Tuesday night, he echoed the thoughts of his twin brother after meeting with a large contingent of Oregon coaches. "The in-home visit was awesome. Coach [Mark] Helfrich is fired up about me and my twin," Tyree said. "We can't wait to be a part of the program."
Fellow San Diego four-star, WR Darren Carrington (San Diego, Calif./Horizon) did, however schedule a late visit to Columbus. The Ducks commit is scheduled to visit Ohio State on Feb. 2. The Oregon coaches were in the Carrington home last night and it remains to be seen what, if any, impact their meeting had on the Semper Fidelis All-American.
ATH Dontre Wilson (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto) will be in Columbus this weekend to officially visit Urban Meyer's program. The Oregon coaches were in Texas on Wednesday to meet with Wilson, and if they can remind him why he committed to Oregon back in the spring, he too, might cancel his visit to Columbus.