Ever since Oshay Dunmore picked up an offer from Oregon he realized that it was probably the best situation both academically and athletically and so he figured all along that it would be tough to beat the Ducks.
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound athlete from Newport, Ore., decided to end any suspense left in his recruitment Saturday at Oregon's junior day by making his commitment.
"It's been my top choice for colleges for a while now and I sat down with my mom and my family and coach and talked about it and came to the conclusion that it's safe to pull the trigger now," Dunmore said.
"It's got the best situation for academics and athletics. I want to do sports marketing and work for NIKE. It's overall a great spot."
Dunmore is the first commitment in Oregon's 2012 class and he said the Ducks' coaching staff wants him to play free safety.
In his junior season, Dunmore finished with 2,159 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns and he also passed for 980 yards and seven scores.
Duke, Oregon State and Washington had also offered and many other schools were showing interest but probably came to the realization, too, that Oregon was far and away Dunmore's favorite school.
"It was going to be pretty tough to beat them," Dunmore said. "It's the dream school. It relieves a lot of stress and now I'll go into my senior year knowing what I have coming. I don't have to worry about camps. I can zero in on summer track.
"I'll do some 7-on-7 events but my focus will be on track because I have a lot of goals I want to accomplish."