July 28, 2010
Oregon lands speedy Florida four-star
For the past few years, one of bigger names in south Florida has been wide receiver Tacoi Sumler. Once with small school juggernaut Gulliver Prep and now with 6A power Columbus, Sumler's name has been strongly associated with speed and explosiveness since he began dominating in both camp and Friday night settings early in his high school career.
After this weekend, Sumler's name will also be associated with the Oregon Ducks.
After compiling a laundry list of offers, Sumler narrowed his list to Oregon, Stanford, South Carolina, Wake Forest and Cincinnati. At the Gridiron Kings event in Orlando, Fla. over the weekend, Sumler announced for the Ducks and ended his recruitment.
"Out of [the five finalists] it came down to what school would be the best fit for me and when I went looking into the details I found out that really no school is a better fit than Oregon," Sumler said. "I can come in and contribute to the team. The receivere situation is a good one for me. I love the offense - the Pac-10 offense. It's just a good place overall. I enjoyed my unofficial visit there. I love the coaches. It's just a lot of fun."
The list goes on for Sumler as to the appeal of Oregon. A focused prospect, Sumler loves what Oregon has to offer off of the field as well.
"When it comes to academics, I want to do sports marketing and they have the Warsaw Sports Marketing Center which is one of the best sports marketing centers on the west coast or in the country," he said. "Of course they have the hookup with Nike which was a big thing. When football is over if that doesn't work out Nike is right there."
Oregon has been thought to be a leader for Sumler for some time as his speed and athleticism fit well into the Oregon system. According to Sumler, Coach Chip Kelly sounds just as excited as his future receiver.
"They're very excited about me coming," said the four-star. "Coach Kelly said it was like Christmas coming in the summer time and he's just very excited about putting me in that offense."
With Oregon trying to make a continued push into the state of Florida, Sumler is happy to help his future team out in that regard.
"I'm for sure going to try to get some of my big time boys in there with me," he said. "Even some sleepers like Cedric Walker from Gulliver Prep. He said he was interested in Oregon and I said I was going to push for him. He's one of the sleepers in the 2011 class. I think he's one of the best out there."
Along with his commitment, Sumler is also excited to strap on the pads and face some stiff 6A competition during his senior season.
"I'm really excited," he said. "I'm dying to get these pads on. The first game is against a team with a lot of guys I know. We get to play a lot of players I know so I'm just hpyed up for this year."
Sumler has sub-4.4 speed, is a four-star wide receiver and a member of the Rivals250.
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