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April 24, 2014
Decision day for R100 RB
Today could be an important day for Oregon's recruiting class of 2015. The Nation's No. 2 all-purpose back is set to make the announcement of his college choice.
Powder Springs (Ga.) McEachern all-purpose back Taj Griffin set the stage Wednesday with a tweet.
Rivals.com national recruiting guru Mike Farrell interviewed Griffin at the Rivals Camp in Atlanta and has been on top of the situation since.
"I think Oregon is the team to beat based on the way he would fit into the offense and how high he's been on the Ducks," predicted Farrell. "I'd be surprised if it wasn't the Ducks right now, not shocked or stunned, but surprised."
Who else could the nation's No. 78 overall prospect choose? Rivals Southeast recruiting analyst Woody Wommack thinks that two SEC schools are also high on the Rivals100 player's list. Still though, he concurs with Farrell about the ultimate outcome.
"I put the odds a lot higher for the Ducks here," opined Wommack. "There are questions on whether or not the new staff at USC will honor the offer that was given by Kiffin and company. Tennessee and Georgia are not confident, which leaves Oregon in very good shape."
Griffin has always been high on the Ducks, but an unofficial visit to Oregon in March may have sealed the deal. Afterward he raved about the visit, the coaches and the atmosphere in Eugene.
If all goes according to plan, the 8:30 pm ET announcement will come via twitter as it did for his teammate Chuma Edoga who recently chose USC using that medium. However, Griffin will not be joining him there as he indicated Wednesday that he does not have an offer from USC at this time.
Should he choose Oregon that will likely be the end of running back recruiting for the Ducks' class of 2015. Junior Byron Marshall, sophomore Thomas Tyner, redshirt freshman Kani Benoit and incoming freshmen Royce Freeman and Tony James are all scheduled to return for 2015 and generally six scholarship RB's is the max on the Oregon roster.
Final analysis: Though the Ducks face some tough competition from teams much closer to his home in Georgia, Duck Sports Authority predicts: Oregon.