February 01, 2012
Missouri City (Texas) Hightower wide receiver Bralon Addison had seemingly been one of Texas A&M's strongest commitments in recent weeks. One of the original members of the so-called "AggSwaggMovement," the Rivals250 prospect said he would not be taking any more official visits after tripping to College Station in early January.
However, that changed this past weekend when the 5-foot-10, 185-pound four-star prospect decided to take an official visit to Oregon. The Ducks were long seen as a program that could challenge the Aggies for his signature so the trip was a bit worrisome to A&M fans.
When Addison finally announced his college decision on Wednesday morning, it turns out the Aggies had reason to be concerned when he announced he would sign with Oregon.
"Oregon came into the picture after the release of coach (Mike) Sherman," Addison said on Wednesday morning. "They started talking with me. We went and looked at the campus on my official visit and there is nothing like it. Their facilities are amazing. Their academic building was amazing.
"I talked with Oregon's broadcast journalism program while I was there. They have one of the best."
Addison says the decision truly was made at the last moment.
"I haven't slept much in the past several days with all the calls and the messages," he said. "I made my decision at about four this morning."
Addison had grown very close to the Texas A&M commits over the past six months and he says, because of them, it was tough to choose a different school.
"I have talked with a few of the A&M guys," he said. "I know some of them will be mad. But I hope they can understand it was the best decision for me. I will always root for them no matter who they are playing, Alabama, LSU, whoever. "
Addison was accompanied by good friend Chance Allen on his official visit to Eugene this past weekend and the one-time Oklahoma State pledge played a big part in Addison choosing the Ducks.
"Oregon is much farther (than A&M), Addison said, but I am not doing it alone. Chance will be coming with me. We have been best friends since before I can remember."
-- Brian Perroni, Rivals.com Texas Recruiting Analyst.
- AggieYell.com reporter Courtney Roland contributed to this report.