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2018 4-star Hamilton High QB Tyler Shough has flipped his commitment from North Carolina to the University of Oregon after making a surprise visit during this past week. He talked with ArizonaVarsity.com about what went into his decision to give the Ducks his pledge.
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Shough, who has 44 touchdown passes in 19 games at the helm of the Hamilton Huskies, said that Oregon offered him "about a month ago," and that while he was aware the school and offense could be a good fit, he wanted to travel out to Eugene to make sure the academics were up to par. He wasn't disappointed.
"The connections you can make there, I mean any job that you're going to go on to have is all about the connections you make, and what Oregon has to offer through Nike, through the Oregon Foundation, through the school- I go to see some of the academic buildings out there, and they really pushed hard the things I can accomplish if I work my butt off in the classroom."
One of the things that stood out to Shough is the way Oregon uses 6-6 sophomore QB Justin Herbert at the position. "I got to talk with him quite a bit up there. He's a good dude, and seeing our similar skill-set and similar frame, it's really encouraging."
Oregon is thin at the quarterback position, with true freshman Braxton Burmeister, a one-time University of Arizona commit, as the primary backup to Herbert, who is currently injured. According to Shough, Oregon is only planning to take one QB in this class. North Carolina had taken a second QB commitment in Jace Ruder just four days after Shough committed to the Tarheels back in June.
Shough said that the local connections like Thunderbird's Kani Benoit and Chandler's Johnny Johnson helped him feel comfortable with his decision. "I talked with Kani, and I've talked with Johnny quite a bit over direct messages and in person about the culture they're trying to build in Eugene."
Ultimately, Shough's decision came down to being open to what Oregon had to offer once they joined in his recruitment.
"A new opportunity came up that I didn't have when I first committed, so I just had to seize the opportunity."
Shough's commitment comes two weeks after Oregon became the first offer for teammate, 2020 WR Brenden Rice, who has 380 yards receiving on 16 receptions from Shough so far this year. Oregon is also in on the recruitment of 2018 4-star WR Solomon Enis (North Canyon) and 2019 DT Matthew Pola-Mao (Mountain Pointe).