Newest Duck is solidly Oregon

"The Ducks picked up a hell of a player," said Oaks Christian Head Football Coach Bill Redell of cornerback Anthony Gildon. Gildon made a decision yesterday to commit to the University of Oregon and spend his college career as an Oregon Duck.

Anthony Gildon, 6-1, 190 is a speedy cornerback on a high school team that could very well be the best prep squad in the country. Last year, the Lions finished 13-0, winning their state championship division and extend the overall streak to 31-0. Oaks Christian plays in the Tri-Valley League of the CIF Southern Section.

Gildon is a player that can turn and run having great make up speed in running down receivers. Coach Redell mentioned Gildon's great leaping ability as an asset. Anthony runs in the neighborhood of a 10.8-second 100-meter dash indicating good speed. Besides football, Gildon participates in track.

Last year Gildon recorded a total of 46 tackles (33 solo, 13 assists) including a sack according to Maxpreps.com. He also had four interceptions and 75 yards of return yardage and a fumble recovery.

Why did Gildon pick Oregon? According to his mother, DeChandra Busch-Kyrizopoulos it was because of academics, the stability of the coaching staff and the Eugene area.

"People (the Oregon coaching staff) he could relate to," said Busch-Kyrizopoulos of her son's decision to pick Oregon. "(He) felt very comfortable about the area."

Busch-Kyrizopoulos also mentioned that she feels so comfortable about the University of Oregon that it would be safe for her son and is "just like being at home."

The Oregon coaches that have been in most contact with Anthony have been John Neal, Nick Aliotti and Head Coach Mike Bellotti. Busch-Kyrizopoulos indicated her family have spoken to many people regarding the recruiting process and discovered that a critical element is who the player will be working with the most and what kind of relationship the player and coach can develop.

Anthony and his mother traveled to Eugene in late March and also made a return trip to attend the spring game held at Autzen Stadium on April 29th.

Academically, Gildon carries 2.8 GPA in a school that demands much from the students. According to Redell, Gildon will have no problem qualifying for admission to Oregon. Busch-Kyrizopoulos said that her son has an interest in Sports Medicine and may also be interested in Sports Marketing as well.

Gildon chose Oregon over offers from California, Miami (Fla.), Michigan, Nebraska, Tennessee and Utah. With all that attention, will Gildon make any more recruiting trips just to be sure of his decision? Not likely according to both Redell and Busch-Kyrizopoulos. Redell calling Gildon a "good solid Christian kid" encourages his players to stick by the commitments they make. Once they give their word the recruiting process is done.

"He's not the kind of kid to change his mind," said Redell of Gildon's decision making process.

Busch-Kyrizopoulos echoed Redell's observation that the recruiting process is over. She indicated that the family had traveled to Arizona to visit the University of Arizona campus and had been to the University of California after Anthony's sophomore year. While there is no question about the stature of Cal's academic reputation, Busch-Kyrizopoulos was concerned that the area surrounding the campus was not the best situation for her son.

With the recruiting process out of the way for Gildon, he can now turn his full attention to Oaks Christian tough schedule next season. The Lions are presently practicing and will take off the month of July. They will start practice up again on August 14th with the first regularly scheduled game on Sept. 1st. Two of the Lion's games will be broadcast nationally. The game against St. Bonaventure on Sept. 22nd will be broadcast by Fox Sports Net. The following week Oaks Christian's game against Venice will be aired on an ESPN channel on Sept. 28th.

Redell also mentioned that he believes Gildon's teammate linebacker Casey Matthews will soon commit to Oregon although California has recently entered the picture for Matthews' services. Matthews has said previously that he may commit to Oregon by the end of the summer.

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