It always seemed like more of a matter of when, not if, for ESPNU Watch List RB Thomas Tyner (Aloha, Ore./Aloha) to commit to Oregon. He decided to pull the trigger following the Ducks' heartbreaking loss to USC Saturday night.
Tyner is the fastest player in Oregon high school history and the Ducks and Oregon State Beavers both offered him following his freshman year. He missed five games this past season but still rushed for 1,136 yards and 12 touchdowns. As a sophomore, Tyner rushed for 1,821 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also set the state record as a sophomore in the 100m with a 10.35 clocking.
"Being a big recruit, and all that goes with that, I think making this decision early will take a lot of the stress off," Tyner told Oregon Live on Saturday. "I've been going to nearly every Oregon game this year and I got the feeling that's where I belong."
Tyner has a chance to be the top-rated prospect in the NW region next fall and was a very nice early pickup for the Ducks. He would have been recruited by just about every top program in the nation and has a very good frame to go along with his blazing speed.
"Football wise, I think I fit pretty well into Oregon's offense," Tyner said. "I think with a lot of those SEC schools, they run a Pro-I, grinding type offense that would take a toll on my body. In Oregon's spread offense, I can get out in the open and use my speed. I think I can rack up some yards.”
Tyner will also run track for the Ducks nationally-rated program, which was another plus for the Ducks although football will be the priority at the next level.