Wogan Goes With Gut, Picks Oregon

Indian Trail (NC) Porter Ridge kicker Matt Wogan makes it official, pledging his verbal commitment to Oregon, and giving head coach Chip Kelly and the Ducks their seventh verbal commitment for the class of 2013.

He had a feeling this would happen.

Not long after returning home from his unofficial visit to Eugene, Indian Trail (NC) Porter Ridge kicker Matt Wogan knew exactly where he belonged.

"They were by far number one (for me)," said Wogan, who gave his verbal commitment to Oregon head coach Chip Kelly and the Ducks this afternoon.

"Everything there is just absolutely unbelievable."

More specifically, Wogan says that aside from the jaw-dropping facilities, recent national success, and tremendous student-athlete support at Oregon, it was the coaching staff and the people of Eugene who really solid Wogan and his family on the program.

"Obviously the facilities are the best in the nation -- but there's nothing that really sticks out besides the actual people there; the coaching staff, the actual people," said Wogan.

"The people in Eugene and the people I was around, I mean, they were all just good people in general. That was just kind of good to see. It was reassuring for my mom especially, so it was really cool. I really, really liked that part."

Though Wogan admits that the distance between North Carolina and Oregon is vast and will be perhaps difficult to overcome, his comfort level with the campus and the coaching staff gave Wogan the confidence to declare the University of Oregon his new home.

"I mean coach Kelly, to me, he's the best coach in college football," stated Wogan. "He's the man. I mean he is THE MAN. He was offered NFL jobs last year and turned them down to stay at Oregon, which tells me a lot about Oregon and tells me a lot about him.

"It shows that the staff is committed and coach Osborne; he reminds me of one of my coaches back home," Wogan continued. "I mean, me and that coach, he's like a second father to me, so he's an awesome guy and is fired up every second. I love it. They're what you look for in a coaching staff. They really are."

Wogan says he will likely enroll at Oregon next fall, where he plans to major in sports marketing. As far as his plans to take other visits this fall, Wogan contends that the recruiting process is effectively over for him.

"It's done," said Wogan. "I'm committed and it's the place...It just feels so right."

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