FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - As solid as Rivals100 offensive tackle Carson York is for the Oregon Ducks, it wasn't where he thought he'd end up.
Before committing back in late May, the 6-foot-5, 270-pounder actually figured he'd be going to the school he grew up cheering for – Washington State. However, after a visit to check out the Ducks' program, he couldn't see himself going anywhere else.
"I had been cheering for Washington State my whole life," York said. "I thought that was where I was headed and they were my first offer. Oregon offered four days later. I promised my parents to look around.
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"When I saw Oregon, I never felt like any school could top that. There hasn't been a question about that since then."
York has had what he calls the "time of his life" going full contact with other All-Americans. He loves the collisions and especially the early camaraderie with his teammates.
New friendships are certainly being made early.
"We've only known each other for 48 hours and we're all getting along like we've been around each other forever," York said. "It's a real good time. You get knocked around in practice and then you can laugh about it too."
The biggest challenge for any All-American Bowl practice is to learn the new schemes and playbook. The teaching took place on Monday and now York feels it's all about just playing to the best of their abilities.
York has even learned a trick or two already he'll take with him to Oregon.
"The coaches are really great," York said. "I've already learned so much and I'll keep improving. We all will. This is a great experience and that started right from the beginning."