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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