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 is a lifelong Duck fan currently living in San Diego. Jordan graduated from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, after serving a prestigious fellowship with the Washington State House of Representatives. Upon graduation, he worked as an English language teaching assistant for the Spanish Ministry of Education’s Ambassadorial Program in Monforte de Lemos, Spain. Jordan has worked as a journalist, writer, and editor in Oregon, Washington, Montana, and California, covering a wide range of topics, including sports, local politics, and crime. He is VERY excited to be writing about his beloved Oregon Ducks.
For Football Season: FishDuck Back to Seven Days a Week!
I had to shut down the daily articles on July 20th because I could no longer work the extra 3 to 12 hours per week of certain managerial/editorial duties. (beyond the usual ones with FishDuck)
I’ve had a blast writing without those duties, and now, due to a new agreement with the writers, I can announce that we will have articles seven days a week again. I wish to thank the writers publicly for their graciousness in coming to a solution, as now I still do not have do those extra duties with our agreement, and meanwhile the writers are back having fun creating articles as I am.
Everybody is happy! So below is the new schedule through football season:
Monday: Mr. FishDuck
Tuesday: Darren Perkins
Wednesday: Joshua Whitted & Mr. FishDuck
Thursday: Coach Eric Boles & Alex Heining
Friday: David Marsh
Saturday: Mr. FishDuck (GameDay Baby!)
Sunday: Jordan Ingram
A couple of writers could not join us as they have new projects in their lives, and cannot write for anyone at the moment–but perhaps we will see them back later.
Things rarely work out so well for all parties in agreements, but this time it has and truly….everyone wins!
Our 33 rules at FishDuck can be summarized to this: 1) be polite and respectful, 2) keep it clean, and 3) no reference of any kind to politics. Easy-peasy!
FishDuck members….we got your back. No Trolls Allowed!