Tualatin Defensive End Commits To Oregon

Oregon picked up its second defensive lineman for the 2009 recruiting class on Friday when Tualatin's Taylor Hart, 6-6, 245 accepted the Ducks offer for a scholarship.

Taylor Hart committed to the Ducks on Friday after receiving an offer last Tuesday (April 1st.) in a phone conversation with Oregon's Mike Bellotti. Hart indicated that he had a good talk with Oregon's headman.

" He was happy for me and he told me that I needed to get into the weight room," Hart said of his call with Bellotti. "It was a fun conversation that went well."

Choosing a program to spend his college career was a real no-brainer for Hart. He grew up being a Duck fan and saw his first game at Autzen Stadium against USC when he was just eight years old. His dad is an Oregon graduate so it came naturally to Taylor to be a Duck.

"My dad graduated from the University of Oregon so I've been watching them play for quite a few years now," confessed Hart. "I've always dreamed about playing Division I football for a team in Oregon, that's where I always wanted to be."

Being a fan wasn't the only reason why Hart chose the Ducks. The first thing that came to mind for the Tualatin High star was the first-class facilities in Eugene.

"Their facilities are amazing and the coaching staff, that was big," said Hart of Oregon. "I just always wanted to play there, so I knew that's where I wanted to go."

Last year, Tualatin was the runner-up in Oregon's Class 6A, with a 9-4 record. The season started off rough for the Timberwolves, but a win over rival Tigard revved up the season all the way to the final game. Tualatin lost to Sheldon of Eugene, 28-14 in the final game, but it was in that championship game that Hart realized he could play Division I football.

"Once we played Tigard our rival that's when we started to play our best," recalled Hart. "They (Tigard) were a pretty good team and we beat them. After that we just started winning all of our games and playing more as a team."

Hart cites his speed as his big advantage in playing football. He bench presses 265 pounds and also has a power clean mark of 265 pounds as well. During the winter he played basketball, but he sees himself as a football player.

"Defense is where I love to be," admitted Hart. "Defensive end is where I'd really like to be."

This summer he plans on hitting the camp and combine circuit along with putting some hours in the weight room. He plans on attending the Oregon Nike Camp as well as the Oregon camp in June.

Oregon was his first and only offer and according to Hart he didn't feel he "needed to go to any other places" it was just what he wanted to do.

Chris Fetters contributed to this report.

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