Oregon picked up its second quarterback in the 2016 class on Sunday when Del City (Okla.) three-star prospect Terry Wilson flipped his verbal commitment from Nebraska to the Ducks during his official visit.
Wilson’s flip was seen as a strong possibility heading into the weekend. Nebraska already had a quarterback that fit more of the Mike Riley mould in Patrick O’Brien and Oregon seemed more of a natural fit for a player like Wilson, a more mobile 6-2.5 inch, 180-pound player. Seeing how offensive coordinator Scott Frost managed his quarterbacks seemingly confirmed that notion for the senior.
“Being in the QB room, getting to see Coach Frost with his quarterbacks, it was a cool thing to see,” Wilson said. “I could see myself playing there. When I seen them on the field and how fast they play I think that fits my skill type a lot.”
During his meeting with Frost, Wilson went over some plays and schemes and found it was similar to what he does now.
“It’s kind of similar to my plays in high school and the same type of concepts that we run,” he said. “It’s just kind of easier. If I can process it easier everything is just smooth.”
Wilson broke the news to head coach Mark Helfrich on Sunday morning in his office while the two were talking along with Wilson’s mother. Following the good news, both were congratulated by the Oregon staff.
Calling Eugene a great place, Wilson was happy with the way the trip went and said that what put it over the top was getting around the players and seeing what kind of people they are.
“You know they take a lot of pride in offering great character type of guys,” he said. “I like that about them a lot."
Wilson's verbal commitment puts Oregon back on track after two recent de-commitments slowed down the momentum from a productive spring and early summer that saw as many as 14 players verbally committed to the program. He has no other visits scheduled at this time.
It also promises some intrigue at the QB position as Green has been committed for almost a year, but some questions arose when he wasn't able to land an Elite 11 invite and transferred to to Allen High School in Allen (Tex.), where he was unable to lock up the starting job week one. However, Green had a big game Friday night in Allen's victory, accounting for five total touchdowns (three pass, two rush) and completing 8-of-13 passes for 210 yards and looks to have the hot hand in a back and forth QB battle for the top-ranked Eagles.