November 3, 2009
Second visit seals the deal for Washington
On a huge weekend in every way possible, the Oregon Sucks have secured a verbal commitment from someone who was not in attendance this weekend. Rancho Cucamonga (Los Osos) defensive end Tony Washington visited Oregon a few weeks back when the Ducks played Washington State and decided that he has seen enough throughout this process to make the call to be an Oregon Duck.
The 6-foot-4, 235 pound speed rusher has previously been to Arizona and UTEP and when Duck Sports Authority spoke with him last week he clued us into the fact that Oregon had a decided advantage over those two schools due to the relationships he had built with the players and especially the coaches in Eugene.
"Like I said before, I had a chance to really spend some time with them when I was there and we have been in constant contact ever since then. I just felt like it was the right time and am proud to be an Oregon Duck. It just makes sense. The way the go hard after every play and play as a team is awesome."
Washington becomes the 10th player to join the Oregon class of 2010 and he couldn't be happier with the way it has all played out.
"I always just kind of had a feeling that this feeling was going to stick with me and after this weekend it just hit me. The performance they had against USC was by no means the deciding factor but how can you pass up playing in an environment like that?" Washington asked.
It wasn't so much the game itself, but the way that Oregon has proven itself and the way the coaches have rallied this team to new heights that has Tony sold on the Ducks.
"It is really just everything about the school, the program and the team. I like it a lot up there. It really feels like home and the program is like one big family that cares for each other on and off the field. I couldn't dream up a better situation than this. Like I said, I am at ease with my decision and now I can concentrate on making e playoff run with my team."
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