The final edition of the 2011 DSA Watch List is coming out Tuesday, and big changes are afoot. Five of the ten prospective student-athletes are leaving the list, all of whom finalized their college choices in the three weeks since the last update. Of the five departures from the List, three committed to Oregon, one elsewhere and the last switched his commitment as expected.
The DSA Watch List is assembled with three things in mind: talent, fit and likelihood of becoming a Duck.
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The following are the players who will be eliminated from the Watch List:
#1 Devon Blackmon status: Committed to Oregon on January 5, 2011. Blackmon was the third wide receiver to commit to the Class of 2011, joining Tacoi Sumler and Rahsaan Vaughn.
#5 B.J. Kelley status: Committed to Oregon January 23, 2011. Kelley was the most recent Duck commit, coming as many expected on his official visit to Eugene. The only question at hand was 'Do the Ducks want four WR in this class?' and the answer was clearly 'yes'.
#6 Colt Lyerla status: Committed to Oregon January 8, 2011. Lyerla did what was once unthinkable; commit at the Army All-American game to a Pac-10 team that wasn't USC. Gaining the commitment of an in-state prospect is always great. Having that prospect be a five-star member of the Rivals100 is phenomenal.
#8 Ryan Simmons status: Committed to Oklahoma State January 16, 2011. Texan Ryan Simmons ended up staying in the conference he grew up watching.
#10 Christian Westerman status: Committed to Auburn January 21, 2011. DSA never thought Westerman would be a Duck but knew he was interested and that he was in play again after committing to Texas prior to their coaching shakeup. Indeed he switched schools, but ended up choosing Oregon's newfound nemesis Auburn.
All five of the other players on the January 1 Watch list will stay on the list although their order will shuffle. Stay tuned to Duck Sports Authority for the final DSA Watch List update on Tuesday, as well as all of your Duck information needs.