Oregon commit excited by Chip Kelly news
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Oregon commit excited by Chip Kelly news

San Diego (Calif.) Lincoln athlete Tyrell Robinson has been committed to Oregon since September and talked at the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl about the status of his commitment and the rumors of Duck head coach Chip Kelly being a hot commodity with NFL teams right now.

Tyrell Robinson is on the short list of players in the discussion when talking about the best pure athletes in the state. He's an explosive pass rusher on defense as well as a talented receiver on the offensive side of the ball. He was easily among the top players during the Semper Fi Bowl practices.

"That was a great experience for me, I've never been around talent like that before," Robinson said. "It felt like being back on the AAU scene in basketball where you have the best players in the country all in one spot so I had a lot of fun with all that.

"I got to play outside linebacker and some receiver too. We played a basic 4-3 defense and couldn't blitz so that was a little different for me since I'm used to being a pass rusher. It was more read and react but I still had a great time out there and enjoyed the experience."

Unless you've been in a cave the last few weeks, it's hard to miss the talk of Oregon coach Chip Kelly being a strong candidate for multiple NFL jobs.

"I've heard the rumors and I would definitely be disappointed if Chip left," Robinson said last Thursday following practice. "He's a great coach, he's a superstar in the coaching ranks and we really bonded well. That's who I want to be my head coach but if the staff stays, me and my brother (Tyree) will be good still.

"I talk with Coach Pellum all the time and he told me not to listen to all the rumors and everything will sort itself out. He said they want to finish what they started and that's winning a National Championship and then keep it going from there. We'll just see what happens over the next week or so."

Robinson also committed to Oregon because of the Ducks basketball program and that's another big plus in keeping his commitment firm.

"My brother and I really like Coach Altman a lot, he's a great coach," Robinson said. "Basketball played almost as big a role in our decision as football did. There are still other programs talking to us. Coach Polamalu at USC and Coach Lupoi at Washington are recruiting us pretty heavily.

"We're hearing from UCLA, Arizona, Arizona State, basically the entire Pac 12 but our first choice is definitely to stay at Oregon. The best case scenario for us is all things clears up in the next few days and Chip stays at Oregon. If not, then we'll have to re-evaluate but right now, we're both still strong with Oregon."

Updated (01/07/13): Since this report, Chip Kelly has decided to stay at Oregon. We got in touch with Robinson briefly to get this thoughts Sunday night. "I'm so excited he's staying," Robinson said. "Like I said just a few days ago, that's the coach I want to play for. I know people said he was gone but in the back of my head, I kept thinking he would stay because I know how much he loves it at Oregon. My brother and I are both grinning ear to ear and we can't wait to play for him. We're shutting things down and aren't looking at any other schools, we're 100% locked in with the Ducks."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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