Recruiting Update: Former In-State Talent Coming Home

Mark Flores Recruiting

Following the Civil War, Oregon got a big boost in shoring up a question mark heading into next season.

Former Tigard (Ore.) star A.J. Hotchkins (3-Star/Riverside, Calif.) spent two years at the JUCO ranks following a senior prep campaign that yielded minimal interest from college programs and is now headed back to his home state with a verbal commitment to Eugene.

Oregon has a little bit of everything. With me being from Oregon, all of my family is up there and that’s great,” said Hotchkins. “The academic support helped, too. And the facilities, the food, everything is top notch. But the staff told me there is a great opportunity for me to come in and play right away. And being a two-year guy that’s what I’m looking for. Depth chart was always the first thing for me.”

At 6-foot-0/230 pounds, Hotchkins could give Oregon its first true “Mike” backer since the likes of Casey Matthews and Kiko Alonso. Expect an early impact from the homegrown talent come 2016.

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