Oregon lands commitment No. 1

Oregon picked up a commitment from the top player in Hawaii on Tuesday as Wailuku (Hawaii) Baldwin linebacker Jordan Hoiem has committed to the Ducks.

Jordan Hoiem said he has been a die hard Oregon fan as long as he can remember and hoping to land an offer from the Ducks. When it came, he wasted no time in jumping on it.

"Man, this is a great day," Hoiem said. "I went to the NIKE Camp last year in Oregon and then did the Oregon one day camp the next day. The coaches seemed really interested and pulled me a side and told me they liked me a lot. I talked a lot with the LB coach Don Pellum and also the DC, Nick Aliotti.

"The coaches told me they were going to recruit me and stay on me all year. They had the coaching change and I noticed the new staff was a lot more aggressive with offering players. I kept seeing on twitter all these players getting offered and started to worry that it wasn't going to happen for me. Then today, I got a message on facebook to call Coach Aliotti. I called him up and when he told me they were offering me a scholarship, I jumped on it."

Hoiem said he loved everything about the school and actually took two visits last year.

"I toured the campus, the weight room and all the facilities when I camped there," Hoiem said. "It was incredible but what really stood out was the coaching staff and the people. Everyone was so friendly to me and so laid back. It felt like home and I just really loved it there.

"Then I went to a game when they played Arizona. That was the first ever college game I attended and it was crazy. The atmosphere was like nothing I had ever experienced and I just knew I wanted to be a Duck. Right after I committed today, I went to the gym and worked out but I couldn't even focus. My head was still spinning and I haven't really stopped smiling since."

Hoiem is a very nice pickup for the Ducks and is one of the top 'backers in the west region. He lit up the NIKE Camp last year and has tremendous upside to him. At 6-5, 215 pounds, he's athletic and rangy and could fill several different roles.

For now, he'll play outside 'backer but it's not hard to see him bulking up in to a pass rushing defensive end down the line as well.

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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