Chip Kelly's departure doesn't look to have affected Oregon's recruiting all that much.
The Ducks saw one recruit get away but they also got a pair of unexpected letters of intent on Wednesday from four-star defensive end Torrodney Prevot from Houston and offensive lineman Cameron Hunt from Corona, Calif. Both were believed to be leaning toward other schools.
The additions were a boon to Mark Helfrich's first recruiting class as head coach of the Ducks.
"This is a special place, and we've been able to attract a ton of talent," said Helfrich, who was named Oregon's coach last month when Kelly decided to make the jump to the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles.
When he was promoted, Helfrich said he didn't plan to make sweeping changes in how Oregon does things. But the entire coaching staff — most of whom stayed in Eugene despite Kelly's exit — were proactive in revisiting the players who had committed to Oregon.
"We try to sell our deal," Helfrich said. "We're not going to promise anybody anything. We're not going to guarantee anybody anything. And we usually end up with the right guys."
Oregon's only loss was Dontre Wilson, a four-star running back out of Texas, who decided to attend Ohio State.
Twin brothers Tyree and Tyrell Robinson from San Diego also decided to reopen their recruitment after Kelly left, looking at Washington and Ohio State. The two, recruited as athletes, ultimately decided on Wednesday morning to become Ducks.
Oregon, ranked No. 2 in the final AP Top 25, finished 12-1 this past season, capped by a 35-17 victory over Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl. Oregon went 46-7 over the past four seasons under Kelly, who devised the Ducks' innovative hurry-up spread offense. Over that span, the Ducks won three Pac-12 championships and played in four BCS bowl games, including the national championship game in 2010 against Auburn.
Oregon's 2013 recruiting class included home-state standout Thomas Tyner, considered by many to be one of the top prep running backs in the country. He rushed for 3,415 yards for Aloha (Ore.) High School as a senior, setting a new single single-season rushing record for the state.
On his 18th birthday last September, Tyner set a state record with 643 yards rushing and scored 10 touchdowns in an 84-63 victory over Lakeridge High School. It was the third-most ever for a prep player, behind John Giannantonio's record of 754 yards in a game for Netcong High School in New Jersey in 1950, and Paul McCoy's 661 yards rushing for Matewan High School in West Virginia in 2006.
"The guy's off the charts," Helfrich said. "World-class speed. Hopefully, he'll help our track team, too."
Oregon got letters of intent from 19 players, including one junior college transfer. Helfrich said the Ducks filled two of their biggest needs by signing five offensive linemen and three linebackers.
Other notable recruits included running back Kani Benoit, who rushed for 2,260 yards and 36 touchdowns last season for Thunderbird High School in Arizona and 6-foot-2 quarterback Damion Hobbs from Texas. While Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota will only be a sophomore next season, backup Bryan Bennett decided recently to transfer to Southeastern Louisiana.
Oregon also signed defensive lineman Doug Brenner, whose big sister, Liz, plays basketball for the Ducks and was a standout on the volleyball team that went to the NCAA championship match this past season.
Signee Jake Pisarcik, a 6-foot-2, 290-pound offensive lineman from Medford, N.J., is the youngest son of former NFL quarterback Joe Pisarcik. Kicker Matt Wogan was his team captain at Porter Ridge High School in North Carolina.
In addition to Kelly's departure, there were concerns that Oregon's recruiting class could be affected by the ongoing NCAA investigation into the school's use of recruiting services.
The inquiry is the result of reports that surfaced in 2011 concerning payments Oregon made to two such services, including a $25,000 check sent to Willie Lyles and Houston-based Complete Scouting Services in 2010. Lyles had a connection with a player who committed to Oregon.
The matter appears headed toward a hearing before the NCAA infractions committee, possibly as early as this spring.
Devon Allen – Wide Receiver
6-0, 187, Phoenix, AZ (Brophy Prep)
The Rivals.com four-star prospect and 16th-ranked receiver in the country by Scout.com grabbed 43 receptions for 749 yards and nine touchdowns his senior season to go along with 251 yards and five scores on the ground . . . Selected to The Sporting News Top 125 (No. 104), averaged 62.4 receiving yards per game and 17.42 yards per catch . . . Competed in the 2013 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl and was named one of the top five performers through the week of practices before finishing with six catches for 65 yards and one touchdown in the game . . . Earned Division I South All-Section III first-team honors as a wide receiver his final year for the Broncos, who finished the year advancing to the semifinals of the state playoffs with an 11-3 record under head coach Scooter Molander. . . Also named to all-state specialist team as a punt returner, running back 10 punts for 178 yards . . . Caught 44 passes for 844 yards and 14 TDs as a junior in addition to contributing three rushing TDs to rank third in the league in receiving yards and points … Arizona Football Coaches Association Division I all-state performer as a wide receiver in 2011 … Named first-team all-region as a sophomore after catching 60 passes for 915 yards and six touchdowns … Also a prep track standout who is expected to compete for the Ducks after claiming the 2012 state titles in the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles, claiming state records in both events of 13.52 and 36.39, respectively.
Kani Benoit – Running Back
6-0, 200, Phoenix, AZ (Phoenix Thunderbird HS)
The three-year letterman was awarded three stars by Rivals.com . . . Powered the football 285 times for 2,260 yards (7.9 avg.) and 36 touchdowns his senior year, averaging 188.3 yards per game . . . Also returned eight kickoffs for an average return of 38.4 yards . . . Named to the 2012 All-Arizona Football Team as he tallied six 200-yard rushing efforts in 12 games . . . Posted a season-high 260 yards on the ground (15.3-yard avg.) vs. Washington HS and scored six touchdowns in a 54-33 win over Greenway . . . Included in the latter effort was a 91-yard kickoff return for a score . . . Earned Division III Section III East and all-Glendale Union High School District co-offensive player-of-the-year recognition as both a running back and kick returner . . . The respect of his teammates resulted in him voted as the Chiefs’ team captain and offensive player of the year . . . Helped lead the school to consecutive 8-4 seasons under head coach Brent Wittenwyler . . .Rushed for 1,401 yards and 19 touchdowns as a junior and caught three passes for 62 yards and another TD to receive All-Arizona Division III honorable mention acclaim . . . Also returned six kickoffs for 168 yards, including a 99-yard runback for a score in 2011 . . . Helped the school to a 4A2 state title in 2010 after rushing for 879 yards on 137 attempts and 11 TDS . . . As a sophomore, also caught seven passes for 108 yards and one TD, and returned 14 kickoffs for 354 yards and another six points . . . Named to all-GUHSD second team at running back in 2010.
Doug Brenner – Offensive Lineman
6-2, 279, Portland, OR (Jesuit HS)
A four-year letterman and 2012 6A honorable mention all-state pick (The Oregonian) was the first freshman varsity starter in Jesuit history . . . Earned a three-star rating from Rivals.com as the sixth-best prospect within the state of Oregon, and rated 11th among the nation’s recruits at center by Scout.com . . . His versatility has remained prominent throughout his prep career as he played fullback, center and along the defensive line as a senior . . . The second-team all-Metro League center garnered support as the league’s offensive player of the year his senior season . . . Played a key role for a program which finished third in the state (6A) in scoring during the regular season (41.9 avg.) and fifth in rushing with 2,722 yards his senior year . . . The Crusaders completed the 2012 season with 10-3 mark under head coach Ken Potter after advancing to the state semifinals . . . As a junior, was named to the third-team all-Metro League contingent as a defensive lineman . . . Earned honorable mention all-state attention in the trenches on defense as a sophomore … Was a second-team all-league lineman on both sides of the ball as a freshman . . . His sister, Liz, was a second-team All-America volleyball player for an Oregon contingent that advanced to the finals of the NCAA national championships in 2012.
Darren Carrington – Wide Receiver
6-2, 186, San Diego, CA (Horizon HS)
The four-year letterman who was included on the Rivals250 list garnered four stars according to Rivals.com and ESPN.com, and rated 37th among the nation’s elite receivers by Scout.com . . . Selected to play in the 2013 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl . . . As a senior, led the team with 51 receptions for 902 yards (17.7 avg.) and 12 touchdowns, while also carrying the ball 36 times for 202 yards and two scores . . . Named first-team Cal-Hi all-state as well as all-CIF San Diego Section second-team wide receiver . . . Played quarterback, wide receiver and safety for the Panthers, who finished the year with an 8-4 mark under head coach Chris Johnson . . . Horizon HS led the Division V in passing yards per game (201.4 avg.) in 2012 while finishing third in scoring (38.2 avg.) . . . He added 37 catches for 640 yards and six scores while rushing for 290 yards on 58 carries and one trip into the end zone his junior year . . . Also contributed 613 yards through the air (55-105) and five TDs . . . Caught 37 passes for 825 yards and 10 scores in 2010 following eight catches for 122 yards and a pair of touchdowns as a freshman.
Elijah George – Offensive Lineman
6-5, 250, Las Vegas, NV (Arbor View HS)
The three-time all-Summit Region selection was promoted to his high school program’s varsity team for a playoff run his freshman year despite playing organized football for only approximately four months . . . Holds distinction as school’s first Division I football signee for a program that originated in 1995 . . . Characterized as an athletic lineman who was clocked in 4.93 over 40 yards, is ranked as the No. 4 prep prospect in the state . . . His inexperience prompted recruiting services to attach three stars to his resume by ESPN.com and 247sports.com, yet has displayed the speed to fit perfectly with Oregon’s offensive scheme . . . Started all 35 games his final three seasons, with team compiling a 29-6 ledger and two trips to the Sunset Region playoff semifinals . . . Was credited with 20 unassisted tackles among his 47 stops, along with a quartet of quarterback sacks, one forced fumble and one pass deflection . . . Offensively, paved the way for a team that ran for an average of 313.1 yards per game in 2011 and averaged 369.3 yards on the ground his senior year . . . Helped lead the Aggies to a 10-1 record his senior year for head coach Dan Barnson while paving the way for a team that remained unbeaten until losing in the regional playoff semifinals . . . Selected a second-team all-state honoree as a sophomore and junior before earning first-team all-state acclaim in 2012.
Damion Hobbs – Quarterback
6-2, 195, Cedar Hill, TX (Cedar Hill HS)
Afforded three-star acclaim by ESPN.com and Rivals.com while earning first-team all-district quarterback honors . . . Threw for 2,769 yards and 29 touchdowns his senior year, in addition to rushing for 808 yards and 12 scores, to help lead the Longhorns to the Texas Class 5A Division 2 state championship game . . . Displayed his competitive moxie by throwing for 200 yards and two touchdowns in addition to rushing for another 83 yards and a third score to come close to pulling the upset over seven-time state champion Katy for the Class 5A Division II state title . . . Played a big part in the school accumulating an 11-5 record as well as a No. 7 state ranking in 2012 under head coach Joey McGuire after posting an 8-4 mark in 2011 . . . Completed 71 of 105 passes (67.6%) for 997 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior, in addition to running for 875 yards (7.9 avg.) and 11 TDs.
Cameron Hunt – Offensive Line
6-4, 265, Corona, CA (Centennial HS)
The four-star prospect according to ESPN.com and Rivals.com was included on the Rivals250 listing and ranked as the nation’s No. 15 offensive guard by Scout.com . . . The four-year letterman helped pave the way for a pair of 1,000-yard running backs and an offense that averaged 49 points per game his senior year . . . Also played a significant role in the Huskies eclipsing their own state record for most total yards in one season (8,560) in 2012, as well as accumulating 4,113 rushing yards . . . Played in the 2013 Under-Armour All-American Game after helping Centennial claim its seventh consecutive section championship . . . Attracted attention as a second-team recipient on USA Today’s All-America contingent as well as the Los Angeles Times’ Offensive Lineman of the Year . . . Also earned spots on the LA Times all-area team, was a 2012 CalHiSports first-team all-state honoree as well as Offensive Player-of-the-Year plaudits by the Inland Empire’s Big VIII League . . . Was an integral cog on head coach Matt Logan’s CIF Southern Section Inland Division championship team that claimed a 14-2 record as well as was ranked second in the state and 13th in the country.
Danny Mattingly – Linebacker
6-5, 222, Spokane, WA (Mead HS)
The three-year letterman ranked as a four-star prospect according to ESPN.com and 247sports.com, and listed 16th among the nation’s elite tight ends by Scout.com and 18th among outside linebackers . . . The second-ranked recruit in the state caught 25 passes for 365 yards and six touchdowns his senior year . . . Also recorded 117 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, six sacks and four interceptions in 2012 before competing in the 2013 Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Houston . . . Earned 2012 first-team 4A all-state accolades by the Associated Press for the Panthers, who ended the year with a 10-2 mark under head coach Sean Carty . . . Chalked up 75 tackles, 10 quarterback sacks, forced four fumbles and had five interceptions, including two for touchdowns, as a junior . . . Caught nine passes for 227 yards and three touchdowns in 2011 . . . Named Greater Spokane League defensive player of the year and first-team all-defense his final year after sharing league defensive MVP honors the previous season . . . Also earned honorable mention Class 3A All-State honors by The Associated Press at linebacker and tight end as a junior.
John Mundt – Tight End
6-4, 232, Modesto, CA (Central Catholic HS)
The two-time first-team MaxPrep Division IV all-state tight end helped the Raiders to the IV state championship his senior year and a 14-2 mark under head coach Roger Canepa . . . The Scout.com four-star choice and Western Athletic League MVP was listed 10th among the nation’s tight end prospects by ESPN.com . . . Caught 33 passes for 625 yards and eight touchdowns in 2012 while completing his prep career in the Semper Fidelis All-American game . . . Included was a season-high five catches for 55 yards vs. St. Mary’s (Stockton) and seven tackles at Ceres (CA) . . . Also recorded 80 tackles and 15.5 quarterback sacks as a linebacker his final year to be named to the Cal-Hi Sports all-state first team on defense . . . Twice grabbed a pair of TD catches and credited with three QB takedowns on a trio of separate occasions . . . Honored as a Sac-Joaquin all-section and all-NorCal first-team choice on offense, in addition to MaxPrep All-America team following his senior season, as well as a two-time first-team Modesto Bee all-district pick on defense . . . Also garnered all-state attention by ESPN.com as a junior . . . The three-time all-conference pick caught 17 passes for 314 yards and five touchdowns (18.47 avg.) while recording 45 total tackles and 7.5 sacks for a loss of 53 yards in 2011.
Jake Pisarcik – Offensive Lineman
6-2, 290, Medford, N.J. (Shawnee HS)
Wasted little time in making the successful transition to the offensive line for his senior season after spending his first three years as a tight end . . . Displayed the strength and footwork to transcend into one of the state’s more dominating forces in the trenches . . . Tabbed by ESPN.com as a three-star prospect as well as the nation’s 19th-best offensive lineman by Scout.com . . . Credited with keying an offensive line that provided protection for a core of quarterbacks who accounted for second in the West Jersey – National Football Standings in passing (1,291 yards) in 2012 . . . The Renegades’ offense also ranked second in the New Jersey Division South Group 4 in touchdowns (24) . . . Despite his inexperience in the trenches, received first-team all-Burlington County plaudits (Burlington Times), as well as second-team all-South Jersey and New Jersey Group 4 attention . . . Also posted 13 tackles as a senior defender . . . He is the son of former NFL quarterback Joe Pisarcik . . . Shawnee High School posted a 6-5 record under head coach Tim Gushue in 2012.
Torrodney Prevot – Linebacker
6-3, 214, Houston, TX (Alief Taylor HS)
Described as an athletic standout who is extremely quick off the line of scrimmage and has thrived as a standout pass rusher as well as is comfortable playing in space . . . The four-star athlete is prominently featured on the Rivals250 listing as No. 7 in the country at his position and 22nd among prospects within the state of Texas . . . Also rated 125th in the nation by Scout.com and was selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl . . . Responsible for creating a single-game highlight reel in a 28-7 win over Cy-Fair by accumulating 10 tackles, four quarterback sacks, one forced fumble, a fumble return for a touchdown and an interception return for another score – all in one game . . . The All-Greater Houston second-team defensive line selection Is one of a trio of the program’s 2012 defensive ends to sign Division I letters-of-intent as the Lions finished the year with an 8-4 record and a second-round loss in the Texas state playoffs . . . Afforded 5A all-state honorable mention by the Texas Associated Press sports editors following a junior campaign in which he posted 53 tackles and 12 quarterback sacks.
Tyree Robinson - Athlete
6-4, 200, San Diego, CA (Abraham Lincoln HS)
Earned a four-star rating from Rivals.com and ESPN.com, and ranked as the No. 6 athlete in the country by 247sports.com . . . Also labeled among the nation’s elite offensive prospects by Scout.com, which tabbed him 17th among wide receivers . . . The two-way standout accumulated 60 tackles (40 unassisted) and four interceptions his senior year, along with 10 pass deflections . . . Also caught 17 passes for 319 yards (18.8 avg.) and tallied 10 touchdowns . . . Was selected to play in the 2013 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, but opted to miss the game to allow a foot ailment to heal . . . Named to the Cal-Hi all-state first team as a multi-purpose player (QB/WR/DB) . . . Earned San Diego sectional offensive player-of-the-year acclaim at the conclusion of 2012, along with all-league first-team offensive honors . . . School finished the year with a 10-3 ledger under head coach David Dunn while averaging 30.3 points per game . . . Benefitted from 12 receptions for 160 yards and one touchdown while adding nine total tackles as a junior . . . Selected to the San Diego all-section second-team on offense in 2011 … Also played basketball for the Hornets, averaging 21.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per game as a junior . . . Named to the 2012 Cal-Hi Sports All-State Grid-Hoop Team for basketball … As a sophomore was named to the first-team all-San Diego Section basketball team.
Tyrell Robinson - Athlete
6-4, 201, San Diego, CA (Abraham Lincoln HS)
The four-star prep standout (Scout.com) possessed the athletic skills to excel as both a wide receiver and defensive lineman his senior season, competing in the 2013 Semper Fidelis All-American game on defense . . . Recorded 111 tackles (68 unassisted) to go along with 12.5 sacks for a loss of 86 yards, two interceptions and seven recovered fumbles during the 2012 campaign to be ranked 85th among the list of nation’s elite by Scout.com as the fifth-best outside linebacker . . . Also caught 15 passes for 266 yards and one touchdown . . . Named to the Cal-Hi all-state first team as a defensive lineman . . . Earned 2012 San Diego Section Defensive Player of the Year and all-league first-team acclaim . . . The Hornets finished the year with a 10-3 ledger under head coach David Dunn while averaging 30.3 points per game . . . Lincoln posted its best games of the year in back-to-back efforts, throwing for 319 yards in a 63-17 verdict over Scripps Ranch before rebounding the following week with 315 rushing yards in a 42-7 win over Hoover . . . As a junior, recorded 13 tackles and five receptions for 72 yards . . . Also played basketball for the school, averaging 16.9 points and 5.9 rebounds . . . Also a 2012 Cal-Hi All-State Grid-Hoop Team choice. . . As a sophomore, was named to the second team all-San Diego Section boys basketball team.
Chris Seisay – Defensive Back
6-1, 177, American Canyon, CA (American Canyon HS)
Despite spending the majority of his senior season playing safety and wide receiver, he possesses the cover skills to thrive at cornerback . . . Was credited with 92 tackles (67 unassisted) in 2012 as well as broke up 10 passes, intercepted two others, forced two fumbles and recovered one loose football . . . Also caught 28 passes for 608 yards (21.7-yard average) and 11 touchdowns in addition to carrying the ball six times for 93 yards and one score . . . Emerged as the team’s punter a year ago after boasting an average of 41.42 yards on 26 kicks (1,077 yards) . . . Awarded three stars by Rivals.com in addition to being named the Vallejo Times Herald Defensive Player of the Year and a MaxPrep Division II second-team all-state defender . . . Named the Wolves’ most valuable player for a program that posted an 11-2 record under head coach Ian MacMillan as a senior . . . Pulled down 26 catches for 756 yards and nine touchdowns in addition to returning 10 kickoffs for 280 yards and one TD his junior year . . . Also made his presence felt on the defensive side of the ball, tallying 73 tackles (56 unassisted) and four interceptions for 172 yards and one score . . . Validated his role by garnering Newcomer-of-the-Year honors on the 2011 all-Napa County team.
Thomas Tyner – Running Back
5-11, 201, Aloha, OR (Aloha HS)
The first-team Parade and USA Today All-American ranked 12th among all players by Scout.com and the nation’s No. 2 running back by SI.com . . . The five-star prospect and two-time 6A OSAA state offensive player of the year ran for a single-season state-record 3,415 yards his senior year, eclipsing a six-year-old record . . . Accumulated state records of 643 yards rushing and 10 TDs in an 84-63 win over Lakeridge, which included four carries of 60 yards or more . . . Credited with 43 of his 47 touchdowns on the ground while averaging 11.4 yards per carry . . . Also caught six passes for 106 yards (17.7 avg.) and two scores . . . Surpassed the 300-yard plateau in six of 11 appearances his senior year while posting a season-long 94-yard run in the opening round of the state playoffs vs. Glencoe . . . Contributed five touchdowns in each of the wins over Thurston, Beaverton and Glencoe, with the Warriors recording an 8-3 ledger under head coach Chris Casey. . . Added kickoff returns for scores of 85 and 70 yards in the second-round playoff loss to West Salem . . . Led the West Team in rushing in the 2013 U.S. Army All-America Bowl with 14 yards on four carries . . . Tallied 6,796 career rushing yards, which ranks fourth all-time in state history . . . Ran for 1,821 and 19 TDs for the 2010 state champions to become Oregon’s first sophomore to earn the state’s largest division player-of-the-year accolades . . . Completed junior year rushing for 1,136 yards despite missing six games . . . Also an accomplished track & field standout, establishing the 100-meter state record of 10.43 as a sophomore to eclipse the mark previously held by U.S. Olympian Ryan Bailey (2007) . . . Was clocked in 10.35 in the 2011 Metro League Championships in a race with no official wind information available . . . Also set the Oregon high school state meet record of 10.48 later the same year in addition to anchoring the 4x100 relay to an all-time state-meet best.
Evan Voeller – Offensive Lineman
6-5, 278, West Linn, OR (West Linn HS)
The three-year letterman stands as one of the most decorated offensive linemen in a deep contingent of signees in the trenches for the Ducks . . . The four-star standout according to ESPN.com, Rivals.com and Scout.com, was included among the nation’s elite on the ESPN300 listing as the No. 9 offensive guard in the country . . . Selected to play in the 2013 Under-Armour All-American game as only the state’s second athlete chosen to participate . . . One of the state’s top two college prospects (Rivals.com) was a two-time first-team all-Three Rivers League honoree . . . The Lions’ 2012 success was hampered due to his five-game absence due to injuries as the school finished the year with a 4-7 record under head coach Mike Fanger and an opening-round elimination from the Class 6A state playoffs . . . Earned honorable mention all-state acclaim following his junior year . . . Older brother, Dallen, was a walk-on tight end at Oregon during the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
Joe Walker – Linebacker
6-2, 225, Palos Verdes, CA (LA Harbor College/Palos Verdes HS)
The 2010 Palos Verdes High School graduate was credited with 102 tackles (56 unassisted) in his only season at LA Harbor JC a year ago following a hiatus of almost two years while recovering from surgery . . . Tied for second in the Central Conference in stops and fourth in the Southern California Football Association as a junior college newcomer . . . Ranked by Scout.com as the top junior college middle linebacker recruit in the country while also earned three stars from ESPN.com and 247sports.com . . . 2012 numbers also included 12 tackles for loss of 53 yards, one fumble recovery and one 32-yard interception return . . . The conference’s Northern Division second-team selection helped spearhead a defensive unit that ranked sixth in the division in points allowed (27.4 avg.) . . . Characterized as a physical player with a high motor, he helped 2012 head coach Brett Peabody’s Seahawks to a 6-4 regular-season record prior to concluding the year with a loss to Riverside CC in the Golden State Bowl . . . Led the Sea Kings in tackles as a prep senior in addition to doubling as a fullback, running for a 44-yard touchdown against Peninsula . . . Enrolled for classes in January and will benefit from his participation in Spring Practice.
Juwaan Williams - Athlete
6-0, 181, Tucker, GA (Tucker HS)
Few prospects possess the versatility as the three-star honoree (Rivals.com) who is listed among The Sporting News Top 125 . . . Among the most difficult decisions could be which position he is best suited for . . . Excelled as a starter at safety and wide receiver as a sophomore before concentrating his efforts at quarterback and the defensive secondary his final two years, capping his prep career with 1,569 rushing yards (8.5 avg.) and 38 touchdowns . . . The dual-threat quarterback completed 40 of 80 passes for 703 yards and eight touchdowns in 2012 while carrying the football 103 times for 752 yards and 11 scores . . . Named first-team all-Dekalb Country and all-region as an offensive standout while leading the school to the state championship quarterfinals in 2012 . . . Completed the year with a 10-3 ledger and second place in the AAAAA Region 6 standings under head coach Bryan Lamar . . . Selected to quarterback teams in the East-West and Georgia-Florida All-Star games . . . Led the Tigers to a state championship victory and an unblemished 15-0 record as a quarterback his junior year . . . Passed for 558 yards on 28 attempts and seven touchdowns and rushed for 617 yards and 11 touchdowns on 82 carries in 2011 … Also recorded 13 tackles and three interceptions as a junior and was named to the Rising Senior Bowl that same year.
Matt Wogan – Placekicker/Punter
6-2, 197, Indian Trail, NC (Porter Ridge HS)
The USA Today and Parade first-team All-American rates as the nation’s No. 2 prep kicker punter by the Chris Sailer Kicking academy, as well as by Rivals.com . . . Also rated as North Carolina’s 28th-ranked prep prospect for head coach Blair Hardin while taking part in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Houston . . . The versatile four-year starter doubled as a tight end and wide receiver for the 13-2 Pirates, who advanced to the 4A state championship game for the second year in a row . . . The dual-threat kicker was a three-time all-state honoree as both a punter and placekicker, averaging 43.6-yards per punt while connecting on 11 of 16 field goals his senior year . . . More impressively was an explosive leg that accounted for a long punt of 72 yards while placing 19 kicks inside the 20-yard line, and drove 85 of 95 kickoffs into the end zone . . . Also connected on five field goals of 51 yards or longer, including a Union Country-record 58-yard three-pointer . . . Improved his punting average from 39.2 yards to 43.1 yards per kick from his sophomore season to his junior year while connecting on 67 of 69 PATs in 2011 . . . The four-time all-Union County standout also recognized as a three-time Charlotte Observer all-region pick as well as well as three-time Southern Carolina Conference choice.