Roderick Byers today announced, as I thought he might, that he'll attend the U of O this next year and play for the Ducks. The 3-star defensive tackle will come from his home state in South Carolina and join Jared Ebert, Lake Koa Ka'Kai and Sam Kamp as new defensive linemen in this class for Coach Jerry Azzinaro.
Byers is 6' 4", 262lbs. and listed at DE by some but add another year or two of time in the weight room and he'll get to the 280-290 range and be a force. He's also got great length which is something Coach Azzinaro covets in trying to keep the passing lanes clogged.
One impressive note from Byers was his statement about the distance factor. Byers noted that if he was going to the NFL and went to Seattle he wouldn't complain so he's ready to go to the school that's the best fit now. I've thought that for years. But then, not every 18 year-old is mature enough to deal with being on their own. Seems as though Byers is.
Oregon got a great commitment today. Up next? Delvon Simmons, Jake Fisher, Branden Jackson and Christian Heyward make their decisions.