Oregon Ducks Top 10 football recruits: No. 6 Ugo Amadi – OregonLive.com
Oregon already had defensive back recruits James “P.J.” Locke, Jihree Stewart and Dylan Kane in the class of 2015, but needed to add at least one more player. Having landed all three of the aforementioned pledges by mid-July, it seemed the Ducks had plenty of time (and options) when it came to finding a fourth member of the defensive backfield.
By early January, it appeared the Ducks coaching staff was mining deep down its board in an attempt to fill the long-vacant spot.
But seemingly out of nowhere, LSU commit and four-star cornerback recruit Ugo Amadi flipped his commitment to Oregon in the most shocking development of the current class.
Establishing a relationship and earning a recruit’s trust and commitment can take years for a coaching staff. In Amadi’s case, it took a few days.
It wasn’t quite “De’Anthony Thomas to Oregon” shocking, but it came pretty close.
“I’m overwhelmed. I could barely even sleep last night,” he told The Oregonian. “I was just so excited. I was saying to myself, ‘Oh my gosh, I just committed to Oregon.’ It’s a dream come true.”
Just a week earlier, Amadi had chosen the Tigers from a collection of schools that didn’t even include the Ducks. But when LSU lost its defensive coordinator to Texas A&M a day after he committed, the 5-foot-9, 182-pound prospect decided to hit the reset button on his recruitment.
Amadi would later explain that one of his top criteria was a winning program, something Oregon had just proven it was in style on national television with a stunning 59-20 victory over Florida State.
With a little help, the Tennessee native said he reached out to the Ducks, who quickly saw an opportunity and offered. Amadi accepted and, having already graduated, signed a financial aid agreement within the week.
“Oregon doesn’t really recruit in the state of Tennessee. Once you get that scholarship, it’s one of those blessings that you don’t get every day,” he said. “I feel like that’s going to be my home.”
Amadi established early enrollment and publicly announced a goodbye to his parents via Twitter last week:
In a class that has seen hard work and patience pay off for the Oregon coaching staff, it feels like the Ducks got a little lucky with Amadi. If that eventually means only a small drop off from Ifo to Ugo, Duck fans won’t be complaining.
No. 7 OL Zach Okun
No. 8 OL Shane Lemieux
No. 9 OL Calvin Throckmorton
No. 10 DB James “P.J.” Locke
For the next 10 business days, The Oregonian will take a look at the top 10 Oregon Ducks football recruits in the class of 2015. Monday: No. 5.