Tra Carson visited Oregon this weekend and the three-star running back from Texarkana (Texas) Liberty-Eylau liked everything about it so before leaving Eugene he decided to commit.
What stood out most to Carson, a 6-foot-1, 218-pound prospect, is his relationship with running backs coach Gary Campbell and how explosive Oregon's offense has been this season.
"The coaches really stood out to me during the visit especially coach Campbell," Carson said. "We talked about how they'd use me in the offense there."
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Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas and many others were being considered but Carson said his trip to Oregon settled things for him and he decided that his recruitment is over. Oregon had everything he was looking for.
The Ducks are known for a quick-strike, high-powered offense and that's what helped them get to the national championship game this season but Carson said he was intrigued when Oregon's staff said they see him being the bigger back they don't have in the offense right now.
"LaMichael (James) is great but they see me as the big back who can do different things," Carson said. "That's something else I really liked about what the Oregon coaches were telling me."
Louisiana-Tech, Louisiana-Monroe, Memphis, Louisville, Minnesota, New Mexico, Northwestern, Tulsa, Utah and Wyoming had also offered Carson, who rushed for 2,202 yards and 24 touchdowns this season.
"I really like what the offense has to offer," Carson said. "I think I can add something being the bigger back that they don't have right now."