Oregon has done a tremendous job recruiting the state of Texas the past few years and it is showing on the field. The nation's No. 1 team has a starting quarterback from the Lone Star State in Darron Thomas. They also have a Texan Heisman Trophy contender at running back in LaMichael James.
The Ducks have struck again in Texas and this was perhaps their most surprising commit of all. Dallas Skyline inside linebacker Anthony Wallace gave his commitment to Oregon on Sunday.
"He committed just a little bit ago," Skyline assistant coach R.J. Bond said of Wallace on Sunday evening. "He called them up and let them know he was going to Oregon."
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The commitment came as a bit of a shock since many thought the four-star defender had a top three of Oklahoma, Ohio State and USC. Wallace has not spoken too much publicly about Oregon since his official visit to Eugene in September.
"He liked it a lot up there," Bond said of the 6-foot-2, 220-pound defender. "That visit really opened his eyes. He enjoyed everything about the whole trip. It really blew him away."
It turns out that was not the only time Wallace got to see the Ducks play this season.
"He took his official visit to USC the weekend it turned out they were playing Oregon," Bond said. "It ended up allowing him to see both programs again. He had a chance to see USC up close and compare it to his Oregon trip. However, he also had a chance to see Oregon play again."
Wallace is the No. 4 inside linebacker prospect in the country and is ranked No. 113 overall regardless of position. He is commitment No. 14 for the Ducks in the class of 2011.