Oregon Loses Big Recruit to Texas

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Pretend you are a kid on Christmas. All you can think about is getting that toy you have been begging for since the beginning of the year. Imagine your parents saying you would be getting that toy, only to walk down to the tree morning of, and realize the toy isn’t there.

National Signing Day is considered by many to be just like Christmas. You picture landing every kid your school has extended an offer to, especially because those kids are adamant about attending your favorite school. Today, Oregon received the news that long-time verbal commit PJ Locke had switched his intention to the University of Texas. Locke signed with the Longhorns today.

National Signing Day can be good, but it can also be very bad. Locke, for example, is a guy that has been very adamant about his intention of signing with Oregon. You can never trust a verbal commit, however, as Locke’s ultimate dream school came knocking on Sunday with an offer that seemed to complicate things. Being from Texas, it was thought that if Locke had received an offer from the Longhorns, he would take it. That offer came in Sunday, Locke posted on Twitter Monday that he was still committed to Oregon, and then signed with Texas today.

The moral of the story is simple — you win some, you lose some. The best way to counteract bad things happening on Signing Day is by working hard to create a recruiting class filled with depth at every position. While losing Locke is big, Oregon still has a strong list of recruits, and who knows, maybe the Ducks can steal one from another school. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Stay tuned to FishDuck.com for all National Signing Day news.

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Jason Selby

Jason Selby

Jason is a Junior at the University of Oregon, currently double majoring in Public Relations and Political Science. Jason has been an avid sports fan for his entire life, growing up playing Football, Basketball, and Baseball. Over the last year, Jason has found his love for sports reporting, and enjoys creating pieces that use his love and knowledge for sports to portray his message. In his spare time, Jason enjoys obsessing over Ducks sports, Scuba Diving around the world, and listening to music. Tweet at Jason…. @1seltank. He loves talking sports with other avid sports fans.


    Its really quite sad that Locke cannot see the writing on the wall as in he chose Texas at the last minute while Oregon recruited him hard since the summer. He would of faired better under Neal than his position Coach at Texas. Oregon even if they don’t get Adams should still win the PAC 12 North because they are sooo deep at every position, so I just can’t quite grasp that this kid wouldn’t want to play for a team that wins 10 + games pretty much every year over Texas who will be lucky to be relivent by 2018. They have played in 2 Natty’s in the past 5 years and should we expect anything less in 2016, the answer is NO. Oregon is still getting bigger and better players that play on the LOS and eventually sooner rather than later I and probably many others should expect that Trophy to be in the Downs glass case.

    • Jason Selby

      Yes I agree with you. Oregon is by far the better football route, but Locke is from Texas and that is why he decided to stay home. Keep in mind also, parents usually have a big say when a recruit makes a decision. The parents typically favor their kids staying in-state. Tough news, I wish he would have stayed, but we have a great recruiting class nonetheless. I am expecting big things from our Ducks next year. Thanks so much for the read

  • hokieduck

    JP did what he thought was best for him. He signed with the team he grew up dreaming about playing for, great educational institution, and near his home where his family could watch him play.

    Best of luck to him. I hope that his college experience is everything that he dreamed it would be.

    Go Ducks!

    • Jason Selby

      You are very right. As upset as I am over losing this kid, he always wanted to be a Longhorn. Can’t blame a young kid for accepting a chance at fulfilling his dream. I wish him well in his journey down in Austin. Thanks so much for the read