Signing Day is upon us. On Wednesday February 6th, millions of middle-aged men will tune in to see where a group of teenagers will be attending school for the next three to four years. Despite a coaching change that coaches from other schools – most notably Ohio State - have tried to exploit, Oregon is closing strong. This is an exciting time for the Ducks, who have a growing list of verbal commitments from a number of young athletes who could come in and have an immediate impact. Let’s take a quick look at our highest-rated prospect of this 2013 class, Thomas Tyner.
At Aloha High School located 2 hours north of Eugene, Thomas Tyner finished his senior season with an astounding 3,415 yards rushing and 47 TD’s in just 11 games, according Rivals.com. This senior season was highlighted by an Oregon state record performance of 643 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns on his 18th birthday. Tyner possesses word class speed combined with a big, physical frame. He has been clocked running a 4.38 while being listed as 6 foot and over 200 pounds a remarkable combination of size and speed. Rivals.com has him listed as the 17th rated prospect overall for 2013.
With the departure of Kenjon Barner, Tyner has big shoes to fill. Scouts compare him to Philadelphia Eagles great, LeSean McCoy. This could be hard to live up to, but this young freshman-to-be has all of the physical tools to be a major factor the day he steps onto campus. It will be exciting to see how he continues to develop. Enjoy.