Oregon got the big arm it needed in the Class of 2017 after all.
The Ducks landed a verbal commitment from Basha, Ariz. pocket passer Ryan Kelley on Thursday, with the junior choosing Oregon ahead of scholarship offers from the likes of nearby Arizona State and Arizona, Michigan State, UCLA, Washington State and Texas A&M, among others. Kelley is currently a four-star rated quarterback and a top-five pocket passer
Kelley burst onto the national radar in his sophomore season when he passed for an incredible 3,108 yards and 30 touchdowns.
On Thursday, all of that took a back seat to what he found at Oregon during his earlier visit to campus.
“When I went there for my visit I really fell in love with everything up there,” Kelley told the media after his announcement in the Basha auditorium. “Their seasons, their school, the college town. Everything about Oregon I really loved.
“I see myself fitting their scheme very well. I see myself being able to run and throw, so I feel like I can fit their scheme very well.”
Yet if there was a key factor in helping convince Kelley to come to the Pacific Northwest, it was probably the dogmatic commitment of the Oregon coaching staff. Kelley said that he speaks with one member of the Oregon staff or another every single day, helping him become comfortable with the program, the school’s fan base and its academics, all at once.
Now Kelley gets to move his focus back to the football field, and the year-plus he still has ahead in the desert before he heads to Eugene.