October 14, 2009
2011 Lake Oswego star discusses commitment
The class of 2011 is shaping up to be a very good one for the State of Oregon and one of the state's top juniors has decided to end the recruiting process early. Lake Oswego High School (Lake Oswego, Ore.) star, Tyson Coleman has given his pledge to the Oregon Duck coaching staff and he did so after he realized that everything he wanted in his future was just a couple hours away in Eugene.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound OLB/Safety has early offers from Oregon, Oregon State and Washington, along with interest from USC and the rest of the PAC-10. Coleman hinted at this move recently and came to the conclusion that the feeling that kept coming over him was a sign for him to pull the trigger.
Duck Sports Authority caught up with Tyson to get his thoughts on the matter and he had plenty to say about his commitment and told us what comes next.
"I have been feeling this way for a while now and after the Cal game (unofficial visit) it became pretty apparent to me that this program is getting to that elite level and I really want to be a part of that."
While he has been feeling the Oregon program for a while now, what was it that put Oregon in place to receive such an early commitment from Tyson?
"Honestly, I have been thinking about it for a while now and I just realized that Oregon has everything I want out of a school and a football program. I love the area, the facilities and the school, but the staff is what really put them over the top."
Coach John Neal headed up the effort to land Coleman and now that Tyson has given his pledge to the Ducks, the two of them will have an even better relationship than they already have. Coleman has played running back, outside linebacker and safety for the Lakers, but now has a picture of what his future may look like.
"Coach Neal is my guy. The Ducks are recruiting me as a safety and I think that is going to be a real good thing. He (Coach Neal) is great. He is real genuine and I know that he cares about me as a person and a football player. He is a great coach and I can't wait to play for him and the rest of the staff. They were really excited when I made the call."
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