July 21, 2010

Euscher commits to Oregon

The Oregon Duck fanbase has become aware of two offensive line commitments tonight. First, Tyler Johnstone out of Arizona announced that he has pulled the trigger to become a Duck. Within minutes DuckSportsAuthority found out Tyler is actually Oregon's 3rd OL commitment as we became aware that local OL prospect James Euscher out of Beaverton-Aloha HS has previously committed to the Ducks. DSA got a hold of James to get his thoughts on the commitment.

"I actually committed to Oregon a couple weeks back," Euscher said. "I am definitely excited to become a duck!"

James has been considering Oregon since his junior year. "As soon as they offered me, I immediately had to tell them that I needed time to think about it." Euscher said. "I talked to my parents about it and Coach Greatwood was more than understanding about giving me time to think about this decision. A week, week and a half later I did end up calling him and committing."

The 6-foot-7, 278 offensive tackle prospect talks about why he likes Oregon. "I like the Ducks because they have a great program in which they teach their athletes," Euscher said. "The coaching staff is phenomenal, which I received first hand information of this from my coach. Also, it's close to home so my family will be able to come down and watch me."

Oregon offensive line coach Steve Greatwood was Euscher's primary recruiter. "Having a lineman talk to a lineman coach definitely has its advantages in recruiting," Euscher said. "We could talk to each other about more in depth things about Oregon."

The Ducks are the only school that has extended an offer so far but a number of other schools, primarily in the Pac 10, were in the process of recruiting James. Some were close to offering him as well at the time of his decision.

James talked to me about some of his goals for his senior year. "Win the State Championship. The whole team owes it to our coach and ourselves. Chris Casey our Head Coach has stuck it out for 6 years at Aloha and has turned our program around drastically," Euscher said. "Most importantly he started from the youth program up. I have continued to work hard in the off season and I am eager to try and become an all-state player this coming football season. I would also like to gain some weight, but majorly just trim fat and build muscle."

While he doesn't talk to any of the current Oregon commits or other in-state prospects, James does know of them. "I know two players who have been offered," Euscher said. "Tyson Coleman is a commit in which one of my coaches speaks highly of. Also Colt Lyerla, he is a tremendous athlete. I will enjoy going up against him this year in the playoffs if we are able to meet up then."

DSA asked how solid of a commitment he has with the Ducks. "I am strong with my decision with Oregon and I will be going down there soon for an official visit as soon as Coach Kelly and I are able to arrange a time."

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