Theo Howard, former Oregon Ducks 4-star WR pledge, commits to UCLA Bruins – OregonLive.com
Theo Howard, once the Oregon Ducks’ top-rated pledge, committed to the UCLA Bruins on Sunday morning, announcing his decision via Twitter.
“I want to thank each and every institution that expressed interest in having me attend their school and participate in their football program,” he wrote. “Today I have chosen to accept an offer to attend college at UCLA. I want to thank God, and my parents without whom none of this would be possible. Lastly, I will be early enrolling in January!”
Howard is rated by Rivals as the No. 32 prospect in the country. He holds offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon State, TCU, Texas A&M, UCLA, USC, Washington and many others.
“I would like to thank all of the coaches at Oregon and all of the fans in Eugene as well as for everything, but I have decommitted to make sure I make the best decision for my future in becoming a man and developing as a student-athlete,” he wrote.
That decision was a surprise, as Howard had been a lead peer recruiter for the Ducks, helping to lure Jared Mayden, the top cornerback in Texas, during the summer.
“Theo and Brady, especially Brady, have been recruiting me really ever since I got offered by Oregon,” Mayden told The Oregonian in July. “He sent me like a three paragraph-long (direct message), Theo has been recruiting me really hard and Dillon (Mitchell), I got to hang out with him at Tennessee, so it’s really cool to know them.”
Almost immediately following his de-commitment it became clear that Oregon would no longer be in the picture, as Howard visited a UCLA practice and became a heavy Bruins lean.
Oregon moved on quickly, targeting U.S. Army All-American Dylan Crawford, who received an offer this month, and four-star wide receiver Javon McKinley, who has the Ducks in his top six and will visit Eugene this weekend.