In this crazy world of internet recruiting, when a prominent player makes a commitment to a prominent program, the secret usually doesn't last longer than a day or two. That's why it's a little surprising that we're just now finding out about the commitment from Royal (Calif.) defensive lineman Tonio Celotto.
Celotto, 6-4, 250 pounds is one of the top linemen in the West region. He had a very solid junior season totaling 75 tackles and 14 quarterback sacks to earn all-area, all-CIF and 1st team all-state Underclass honors.
The lineman took an unofficial visit to Oregon about a month ago and said he committed to the Ducks two weeks later.
"Yeah, I committed about two weeks ago," Celotto said. "I had a great visit there and loved everything about the school. Steve Greatwood was the coach recruiting me and he's a real cool guy. I love the campus, the football program and their Criminal Justice program.
"I know it was early to make a commitment but I just didn't see any need to hold off on making a decision. Oregon has everything I was looking for so I decided to jump on it."
Although Celotto said his commitment to the Ducks is firm, he did leave the door slightly ajar for one program close to his heart.
"After I committed, I talked to Coach Carroll at USC," Celotto said. "He said they were still evaluating me and wanted to know if they could still recruit me. I told them that was OK, I mean, I grew up a die hard Trojan fan because my dad played there.
"If they were to offer me, I honestly don't know what I would do. I like Oregon a lot and I really think I would stick with my commitment but I just want to make sure I keep that option open. USC is the only other school I would listen to right now but like I said, Oregon is where my heart is at now."