Recruiting Update: Oregon Lands “Killer T’s” & Surprise Senior Transfer
Following a resounding 49-0 win over Rich-Rod’s kittens, Oregon secured commitments from visitors Tyree and Tyrell Robinson (4-Star(s)/San Diego, CA/Rivals250). “My brother (Tyree) and I couldn’t be happier with our choice and we are committed to Oregon,” said Tyrell.
The twin tandem will suit up for both Chip Kelly and Dana Altman as their dual sport prowess garnered national attention following successful junior seasons. “(The coaching staffs) were very open and honest with us about doing both sports. That is just a big part of our recruitment, and Oregon made it very clear we will have the chance to do both sports equally.”
Both are projected as defensive catalysts. Tyrell will most likely end up in the linebacker corps, with brother Tyree manning the third level as a safety/rover. On the court, Altman will most likely chalk up Tyrell as a small forward, while Tyree will fill an off-guard role on the perimeter. The Robinsons will join current Oregon freshman Arik Armstead as multi-sport athletes sharing time between the gridiron and hardwood.
Also present for Oregon’s defensive masterpiece were offensive lineman Thomas Oser (3-Star/North Hollywood, CA) and 2014 linebacker Jordan Hoiem (4-Star/Wailuku, HA).
“(The) experience was incredible,” said Oser. “I have never seen anything like it. Oregon let me know they are only taking one or maybe two more linemen… (Oregon is) definitely right in it.” Fellow senior and Duck commit Alex Redmond (4-Star/Los Alamitos, CA) and the aforementioned Robinsons both did their parts to bring the 6’4″, 270 lb. Oser to Oregon. “Alex was definitely working on me pretty good. One of the Robinson twins turned to me at the end of the game and said the ‘O’ is where it’s at.”
Hoiem, the top-ranked prep from the island state, was not shy about his desire to play in Duck colors. “Oregon definitely has to be my number one. They already were, but (the trip) was even better than I could have imagined. It just motivates me that much more to earn my offer from them.” At 6’4″, 207 lbs., Hoeim will need to bulk up to play linebacker at the college level but could morph into a safety/rover if his speed stands out.
Oregon’s coaching staff has gained attention for being able to pry away recruits with previous commitments (i.e. De’Anthony Thomas). The Ducks appear to be in the hunt for linebacker Myles Jack (3-Star/Bellevue, WA), a current commit to the other school in Los Angeles. “Oregon has really stepped it up lately. I had a real nice talk with Coach (Don) Pellum from Oregon… It was a lot more in depth than they have been in the past.” While Jack’s thoughts may be elsewhere, don’t be surprised to see him show up in Eugene and subsequently reevaluate his program decision.
Late Saturday night, Oregon gained a surprise transfer commitment from 6’7″, 220 lb. power forward Arsalan Kazemi. The first Iranian national to ever play for a D-1 program (Rice, TX.), Kazemi will use his final year of eligibility for Altman, pending a hardship waiver petitioned to the NCAA. If unsuccessful in his attempt to gain an exception, Kazemi will sit out this upcoming season and fulfill his final athletic year in 2013-14.
As a junior, Kazemi averaged 12.1 points and 10 boards per game and received second team all-conference (USA) honors during the past two seasons. Keep checking FISHDUCK as new information becomes available!
Before attending Oregon’s football game, Gordon took in the sights of Matthew Knight Arena. “I was very impressed by Oregon’s new arena and their training room. They have everything you need to get better and they take care of you well. I could see myself playing there and enjoying it if I decide to go there. Eugene was nice and I felt like I fit in.” Gordon went on to extoll Oregon’s fan base after Saturday’s matchup. “It was crazy. The school really has all the support from their fans.”
It’s still too early get an accurate reading as to where Gordon’s thoughts sit. Altman will no doubt utilize Artis in continued recruiting efforts to land one of the nation’s top preps. Stay tuned!
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