Newest Duck Commit Very Excited About Oregon

He's seen big crowds before. After all, in Texas Friday Night Lights is a big deal. So it won't come as a surprise when quarterback Kelly Page walks onto the turf at Autzen Stadium in Eugene next fall.

Kelly Page called the Oregon coaching staff on Saturday morning and committed to the Ducks. He hasn't been to Oregon yet, but he plans to take some visits before very long. Since football season is about to start, likely he'll have a chance to see the excitement of Autzen Stadium.

There are two high school stadiums in Mesquite, TX, Kelly Page's hometown. One stadium holds over 10,000 and the other over 20,000. Page, 6-2.5, 205, and Mesquite High teammates have played before packed houses in both stadiums on many occasions.

"Texas high school football can be crazy," said Page. "With all the bands and noise, it's something else."

In other words, Page will be familiar with the sort of atmosphere that is Autzen Stadium on game day in Eugene.

Page was very surprised this spring when Oregon's Chip Kelly came to visit during Mesquite's spring workouts. Chip Kelly stopped in a couple of times and for good reason. Mesquite plays the exact same type of game the Ducks do -- the spread offense. In an injury shortened season last year, Page was 61-for-103, 752 yards, eight touchdowns and only three interceptions. He also ran for 342 yards on 63 carries, all just five games.

Mesquite plays in 5A, the highest level of football competition in Texas. Mesquite is in the Dallas area, and along the way Page met another future Duck, Blake Cantu from Carroll High School in Southlake, about 45 miles away and the two have become good friends. They talked a lot about the Ducks, and when Oregon offered on Friday (Aug. 10th) Page wasted little time in getting recruiting over with.

"I'm completely done with the recruiting process," Page said. He chose Oregon over Tulsa, Rice, Utah, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Page indicated he saw the entire Oregon-Oklahoma game last year on television and is impressed with both Dennis Dixon and Brady Leaf. You can bet this year he'll be watching the Ducks very closely and will probably be getting together with Cantu this fall.

"There's going to be some Oregon Duck watch parties going down here," Page said.

Duck fans will be pleased to know that the Green and Yellow watch party list now includes some spots in Dallas, and there probably will be some folks in the Northwest thinking about Friday Night Lights in Texas too.

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