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Oregon Football Recruiting

'They treated me like family'

May 1, 2020

Things have been a little slow of late for Oregon on the recruiting trail. That all changed Friday night when 2021 3-star defensive end (0.8627 per the 247Sports Composite) Terrell Tilmon verbally committed to the Ducks.

The 6-4, 215-pounder broke down his decision for ScoopDuck.


Every football program has its own unique approach to recruiting. Often, the Oregon way has proved to be a difference-maker. 

“They were the only school that recruited my family consistently,” he said. “They had regular conversations with my mom and dad, asking them how they were doing and telling them about Oregon.”

At the time of his commitment, the Arlington native held 19 offers, giving the Ducks their fair share of competition.

“The other schools that were pushing the hardest were Baylor, Arizona, SMU and Kansas State,” he said.

College football has seen a boom of commitments lately. Greg Biggins, 247Sports' national recruiting analyst, said on his podcast that one Power 5 coach says there have been twice as many commitments this cycle at this point than there were at this same time last year. 

For Tilmon, who took in Oregon’s Junior Day in March, the timing felt right. 

“I felt like it was the best," he said. "I felt comfortable. It was a feeling I got.

"When you know you know.”

Oregon’s newest commit says his trip to Eugene was essential. 

“Yeah it did," he said. "They treated me like family. It was special.

“All the coaches welcomed me. I got to learn a lot of stuff, see all the players and see how they did things up there.

"I thought I could do things up there.”

The staff views Tilmon as a hybrid defender, playing the "stud" position in Andy Avalos’ defensive scheme. 

“I’m gonna be a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker at Oregon," he said. "They call it the 'stud' position.

"They want me to rush off the edge and drop back in coverage.”

One coach played a crucial role in Oregon landing one of the top 100 players in Texas. 

“I’d say I’m the closest with coach Avalos," he said. "As a person, he’s really cool, and it feels like I'm talking to a friend with him.

“As a coach, he knows a lot of things, and I know he can get me to the next level.” 

Many players in Texas head to the SEC, the Big 12 or the Big Ten for college football. But Tilmon said he knew he wanted to be in Eugene from the moment he set foot on campus. 

“Just the way they made me feel," he said. "I knew after I visited I wanted to be up there.”

An abundance of factors lead to his commitment, including some help from a current Oregon wide receiver.

“They get things done," he said. "I have  a cousin up there, Jaylon Redd. He was telling me how they do things up there.

"I like their work ethic, and everybody is like a family. They trust in each other.”

Tilmon is happy to have his decision made. Now, he will turn into a peer recruiter for the Ducks.

It looks like he’s planning to start his promotional efforts close to home in Texas. 

“I can’t put it into words," he said. "It’s a great feeling.

“I have a couple of guys I’m talking to that Oregon has offered. I’m looking at guys like JD Coffey III (4-star safety for ‘21), Deuce Harmon (4-star cornerback in ‘21) -- pretty much just some DBs.”

The newest Duck is hoping to take a visit to Oregon once campuses reopen. He is undecided about his itinerary at this time. 

“I’ll probably visit in August if things open," he said. "Just Oregon right now. I’m still trying to figure out my official visits.”

Tilmon does not yet know if he will be enrolling early. 


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