4-Star Recruit Ugo Amadi Curbs LSU, SEC and Commits to Oregon

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Just days before the new year, a young Tennessee recruit from Nashville’s John Overton high school, Ugo Amadi, publicly announced that he would be playing for LSU, according to TigerBait.com. The 247 Sports four-star senior cornerback and quarterback had been heavily recruited by LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis and had developed “a strong connection” with Chavis throughout the recruiting process.

However, shortly after Amadi made his decision, Chavis, the longtime SEC defensive mastermind, aptly nicknamed “The Chief,” left the Tigers to join Kevin Sumlin at Texas A&M, hoping to bolster an Aggies defense that has struggled in the SEC West.  Chavis’ abrupt departure did not go unnoticed and Amadi reached out to Oregon’s secondary coach John Neal. After some deliberations, Amadi’s final decision was released via Twitter yesterday, officially committing to the University of Oregon.

— Ugo Amadi (@UAmadi7) March 16, 2014  The announcement from Music City’s multi-talented athlete is yet another recruiting boon for Oregon’s own defensive secondary chieftain, Neal, who has been with the Ducks since 2003. Amadi becomes Oregon’s 19th overall commit for the incoming 2015 class, joining incoming secondary stalwarts Dylan Kane, Jihree Stewart, and PJ Locke. Neal’s aggressive ballhawk philosophy has helped Oregon produce some of the nation’s more impressive defensive backs, including Patrick Chung, Jairus Byrd, John Boyett, Eddie Pleasant, Cliff Harris, and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu

The young Tennessee native is in good hands at Oregon, eager to make Eugene his home and play football for the No. 2 Ducks.

“I was just so excited. I was saying to myself, ‘Oh my gosh, I just committed to Oregon.’ It’s a dream come true,” Amadi told The Oregonian.Amadi is expected to redshirt his freshman year, signing papers on Friday for enrollment at Oregon in the spring.

On behalf of FishDuck.com, welcome to Eugene, Ugo Amadi! Go Ducks!

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Jordan Ingram

Jordan Ingram

My name is Jordan Ingram and I am currently a student at the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism. I am a proud Oregonian with an insatiable thirst for Oregon athletics. I am in hot pursuit of my dream career as beat writer for anything that goes “Quack.” Follow me on Twitter : @jpingram3

  • MAITAIDUCK

    Sweet and ay to go Coach Neal as in Oregon keeps pulling in players from the SEC! Thanks Jordon for the info and he looks like he easily runs a 4.4 40.

    • Jordan Ingram

      MaitaiDuck: Good eye! I think 247Sports had his 40 yard dash clocked at 4.5, so you were spot on based on your eye test. He even looks good as a QB, which could be interesting… (although entering as a redshirt, earmark the name “Ugo Amadi” come next spring as a potential signal caller; sure, it’s unlikely, but I like surprises!) And snagging defensive players from SEC territory is so satisfying. Neal continues to bust the “soft Oregon defense” myth.