Recruiting Recap: “I Want to be a Duck” & New Running Backs Emerge

Thomas Tyner 4-Star/Beaverton, OR/Rivals#6RB) receives his invitation to play in the U.S. Army All-American Game.

Football Recruiting


Last Tuesday night, I was catching up on some reading when I received a report alert via my iPhone.

“Thomas Tyner decommits…”

I was floored. Yet, after the initial 10 seconds of shock, I thought, “Oh, he’ll be back.”

That moment of peaceful wisdom was confirmed not two days later when Tyner (4-Star/Beaverton, OR/Rivals#6RB) recommitted after taking some time to examine what he called “the biggest decision” of his life.

Tyner, who was recently named to the U.S. Army All-American Game roster, went on to say, “Oregon has always been my dream school. Everyone knows I love track and they have a great track program, (and) the offense is perfect for a running back like me. I’m so excited to be a Duck.”

We, the Duck Faithful can rest easy. This one’s not going anywhere. (Click here to see Tyner’s U.S. Army All-American Jersey Presentation).


While retaining Tyner, Running Backs Coach Gary Campbell remains in hot pursuit of prospects to fill out the 2013 backfield. Both slashing runners, tailbacks Tarean Folston (4-Star/Cocoa, FL/Rivals#14RB) and Marquette Washington (2-Star/Fontana, CA) have recently garnered attention from Eugene. “I’m really looking for… Oregon to offer,” said Washington. “Oregon just started showing interest this past week.” The higher-rated prospect of the two, Folston, indicated through his prep coach that Oregon is on his visit shortlist. “From what I understand, he wants to set a visit to Oregon,” said Cocoa headman John Wilkinson.

While Folston’s nationally-rated credentials immediately stand out, don’t sleep on Washington, as he appears to fit Oregon’s style. Expect Folston to receive an offer if he makes a trip to visit the Ducks, as there is no denying his talent and commitment to academics (3.57GPA).

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Mark Flores

Mark Flores, a Salem, OR resident, is a Firefighter/Paramedic and an avid Oregon Ducks supporter. A graduate of nearby Corban University with a Bachelors Degree in English-Journalism, Flores is a Ducks football season-ticket holder (since 2010) with plans of pursuing his masters degree at the U of O. A passionate and knowledgeable Ducks fan with a heavy interest in Oregon athletics and recruiting, Flores, a former lacrosse player, brings a wealth of knowledge of Oregon teams not readily covered by the media. Flores has over seven years of professional journalism experience, including writing for the Statesman Journal in Salem and holding the position of Sports Editor for the Hilltop News (Corban University). He brings his detailed knowledge of recruiting and athletics to the FishDuck team, and welcomes your feedback. Author's Note: "I do not capitalize our rival, "that other school", nor any other institution outside of our beloved UNIVERSITY OF OREGON. WTD!!!" Twitter: @MarkDFlores