The Oregon Ducks have received verbal commitments from two of the top running backs in the country for 2013. The two speedsters are Thomas Tyner from Beaverton, Oregon and Dontre Wilson from DeSoto, Texas. Tyner committed to Oregon on November 19th, 2011 and Wilson joined on May 25th, 2012.
Tyner is a 6’0”, 207 lb. athlete from Aloha High School who runs track as well as play football. He has been timed at 10.38 seconds in the 100-meter dash and runs a 4.3 40-yard dash. 247Sports.com lists him as a four-star recruit, their 31st ranked prospect in the country, fourth running back and the top prospect in Oregon.
Rivals.com ranks Tyner as a five-star recruit, the second best running back in the class, the 16th best prospect in the country and the top prospect in the state. Rivals views him similar to former Pittsburgh running back and current Philadelphia Eagle, LeSean McCoy.
Scout.com also has Tyner as a five-star recruit and the fourth best running back in the country. They view his strengths being his acceleration, power and breakaway speed. They believe he has to work on his durability. Tyner chose Oregon over schools like Boise State, Oregon State, Tennessee, UCLA, USC and Washington.
The future Duck has put up big numbers at Aloha. In his sophomore season he rushed for 1,821 yards with 19 rushing touchdowns. He also added three receptions for 149 yards and two scores. Last season he had 1,136 rushing yards with 12 rushing touchdowns.
Dontre Wilson is almost as big as Tyner but is a lot lighter. Wilson is listed at 5’10”, 165 lbs. Wilson has been timed at 4.40 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Wilson is the 109th ranked prospect in the country by 247Sports.com, the tenth running back and the 15th best prospect in Texas.
This past season at DeSoto High School, Wilson had 767 rushing yards with 15 rushing scores. He also added 12 catches for 246 yards and five touchdowns. His sophomore year he rushed for 544 yards with twelve rushing touchdowns. He added eleven receptions for 247 yards and three scores. Wilson was recently in Beaverton attending “The Opening” which was a summer prospect camp on the Nike campus.
Wilson is a four-star recruit by both Rivals.com and Scout.com. Rivals.com ranks him as the second best running back in the nation, the 20th best prospect in the state and the 153rd national recruit. Scout.com lists his best attributes as his breakaway speed, hands and foot quickness. They would like to see him improve on his ability to break tackles.
The Oregon Ducks beat out other schools like Arkansas, Baylor, Clemson, Missouri, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M, Oregon State, USC and West Virginia for Wilson’s services.
Thomas Tyner and Dontre Wilson will add more speed to one of the quickest offenses in college football when both arrive on campus in the summer of 2013.
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