Hillsboro senior Colt Lyerla, one of the top football recruits in the nation, has orally committed to Oregon.
The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Lyerla, who played running back and linebacker for the Spartans, announced his commitment this morning during the NBC broadcast of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, where he is playing for the West team.
Lyerla stood in front of three hats that represented his finalists: Oregon, USC and California. He reached for the Oregon hat and said, “I'm going to spend my college career at the University of Oregon.”
Standing with Lyerla were his mother, grandmother, Hillsboro coach Ken Ingram and assistant Larry Matthews, who has coached Lyerla since the fifth grade.
“It's a great fit for him,” Ingram said by phone. “It's a school that's fighting for a national championship. He's staying in state, and that makes a lot of people happy.
“There was a lot of pressure on him, people tugging him every which way. But he did a great job. He made a great decision, and I'm happy for him.”
Ingram said that Lyerla plans to graduate from Hillsboro in March and enroll at Oregon.
“He'll get a jump on things and play spring ball,” Ingram said. “It'll be a great start.”
Was he recruited for offense or defense?
“Oregon is going to let him decide where he wants to go,” Ingram said. “He'll go through all of that and try to figure it out.”
Teammates and friends gathered at Hillsboro High School to watch the announcement on a big screen.
Lyerla was not available for comment. Hillsboro athletic director Steve Drake said that Lyerla is scheduled to attend the Oregon-Auburn BCS Championship Game Monday in Glendale, Ariz., before returning home Tuesday.