Cumberlander commits to Oregon
Oregon has recruited its fair share of explosive players for the 2015 recruiting class, but a noticeable absence has been present on the defensive side of the ball, specifically amongst the defensive front seven. That is, until Saturday. Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar Grove defensive end Gus Cumberlander publicly announced his verbal commitment to Oregon on Twitter on Saturday afternoon, becoming the 14th member of the current recruiting cycle for the Ducks and first to occupy a position on the defensive line. The three-star prospect took an official visit to Oregon this week for the Arizona game. He spoke with eDuck shortly after announcing his commitment and said that the decision all came down to getting his mother’s approval during the trip. “I really already wanted to go (there),” he said. “I just had to get my mom to give me the ok, and she loved it. “She really liked the academic side of it. She also liked the facilities and because the facilities and stuff, she felt like all her needs were met. It made her comfortable to let me go.” Despite Oregon losing at the hands of Arizona for the second consecutive season, Cumberlander was impressed with how the players carried themselves after the loss and said that also played a part in his decision. “Them losing really assured me that I wanted to go there,” he said. “I’m not saying I’m glad that they lost, but since they did and seeing how the team handled it — they stuck together and they kept a positive attitude — that’s one thing that made me sure that I wanted to go there.” Outside linebackers coach Erik Chinander was the first person that Cumberlander delivered the good news too. “He was excited about it,” Cumberlander said. Cumberlander will resume his role at defensive end for Oregon. He said that he will have an opportunity to earn early playing time after talking with the coaches during the visit. He also will not take any additional visits and is happy the process is over with. “It feels like a huge weight lifted off of my shoulders,” he said.
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