May 11, 2011

Texas twins ready to commit

Coach Chip Kelly was questioned often this off-season about Oregon's recruiting in the state of Texas. If you asked him about it today he would probably say that it is going just the way he likes it. On Tuesday the Ducks picked up not one but two future commitments from the Lone Star state in S Eric Amoako and his twin brother CB Stephen Amoako. Duck Sports Authority spoke with the brothers Tuesday evening after they returned home from their spring workout.

The two defensive standouts for Martin HS in Arlington TX had been hoping to receive an Oregon offer for some time and last Friday they got what they had been waiting almost a year to receive.

"We went to the Nike 7on tourney last year in Oregon and the weather and how friendly the people were was just really nice, " said Stephen Amoako. "I told my brother that if there was a chance to play here I would definitely be interested."

"When I came home from Oregon I told my mom that if I can pull an Oregon offer I know that I want to come here," added brother Eric.

Coach John Neal made those options a possibility last Friday and Tuesday the two brothers called the coach to let him know of their intentions.

"He was really, really excited," said Stephen. "He was pretty animated.

"He seems like a real good guy and I think he will be a coach that I can really learn from and become a better player."

The Texas duo had already landed multiple offers to play together in college. It was something that they discussed a lot. But package deals seldom work out in college football recruiting so they were prepared to play apart for the first time in their lives if it would have happened. However, with the Ducks offer both recruits knew that their minds had been made.

"We just loved it up there. The people and the atmosphere were great," said Eric.

"We talked it over and we both want to go into sports marketing and Oregon has one of the best sports marketing programs in the nation," added Stephen.

The combination of school, climate, atmosphere and people made it an easy decision. Now all they need to do is take a visit to Eugene to see the campus and meet with the coaches and their verbal commitments will be official. That should happen as soon as possible after they finish up with their spring ball.

DSA asked the two brothers to comment on the others best qualities as a player and they were more than willing to oblige.

"He is strong and can really press well at the line," said Eric of brother Stephen. "He also is very good at battling the receivers for position."

"Eric has great speed. He tackles good and has a good first step. He has a lot of range and covers the field really well," added Stephen.

The two are both defensive backs and while their coach says they are almost identical players, both stand 6-foot-0 and are 190 pounds, Stephen plays corner while Eric plays safety. Stephen admitted that Eric is probably a little faster than him however.

Even though they are technically not committed due to coach Kelly's policy that a player must visit campus before they can commit, in their eyes they are done.

"I'm just relieved," commented Stephen. "Just happy to get it over with."

"I'm kind of in shock," added Eric. "I was pretty nervous because it's such a big decision but I talked it over with my brother and my mom and I'm solid about my decision."

Now that coach Kelly's staff has landed two more solid recruits from Texas you would have to think that he is very pleased to talk about recruiting in Texas once again.

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