The shift came on without the help of a campus visit or some sort of sensationalized epiphany. In fact, it seems like something just clicked in the mind of four-star running back Tyreek Hill on an idle Sunday.
Whatever the case, a recruitment that once seemed to be taking shape is now, once again, a certified mess. It's as though the JUCO star got bored and reached for the reset button.
Not so long ago Alabama, Florida State and Arkansas seemed to be the favorites in the race to land the Garden City Community College star's verbal commitment. Suddenly, that line of thinking is old news.
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The change came on in a hurry. Then, so goes the nature of recruiting.
"There's no favorite but if I had to say a favorite, it would probably be Oregon," Hill said on Monday
At this late stage, Hill's recruitment is more volatile than anyone thought. Less than a week ago, Hill, who has already visited Alabama and Florida State, was a player preparing for his third official visit, a trip to Arkansas. Somewhere along the way things changed drastically. He cancelled his visit to Fayetteville at the last minute and started thinking Pac 12 shortly thereafter.
"I'm probably going to reschedule with Arkansas, but it would have to be after my season," Hill said. "And I leave in December, so …"
The reasons behind Hill's interest in Oregon aren't hard to decipher. Catch is, the Ducks are yet to offer him scholarship. Apparently he's confident that will change. Hill in frequent contact with the Ducks staff and, despite the uncertainty, he doesn't mind taking a gable and reserving a visit.
As for his once-planned trip to Arkansas? That sits in limbo. It may happen after the season. It may not. Hill can't say for sure. Ideally, he'd like to fit it in but the shine he's taken to the Ducks may not allow it.
"I'm probably going to go to Oregon next," Hill said. I like them because they're fast pace and that's what I like. It's up-tempo. That's the way I want to play."
According to Hill he may also award a to Oklahoma State, which offered him a scholarship that went unreported for months. The Cowboys' selling point is as simple as the Ducks': Mike Gundy wants to play Hill at wide receiver, a position he favors heavily.
"All of the receivers that came out of there make me like Oklahoma State," Hill said. Plus, they have guys there that are good right now, and I like the way they play."
Hill, known for his speed, won Georgia 5A state titles in both the 100 and 200 meters as a high school senior in 2012. His personal best time of 20.14 seconds in the 200 missed the all-time high school record by only one hundredth of a second.
He does not plan to make a verbal commitment until early December.