PORTLAND -- There were times when Thomas Tyner thought about going elsewhere.
"I (verbally) committed my junior year, but I made it solid my senior year," he said after Wednesday's letter of intent signing ceremony at the University of Oregon.
In reality, that isn't entirely true. The kid who rushed for 10 touchdowns and more than 600 yards in a single game last fall, sent out a Tweet a few months ago saying that he was going to keep all of his options open.
But a few days later, he seemed to back off that thought, and gave his word to Oregon.
And fortunately for Duck fans, he remained a man of his word when former coach Chip Kelly left for the NFL last month.
"You've got to commit to more than the coach,"
Tyner said. Tyner is now bound to Oregon, and the man who replaced Kelly couldn't be happier.
"Just the total package as a tailback," Mark Helfrich said during his first signing day press conference. "Physical guy, fast guy, really good hands. Just excited to get him involved."
And Tyner is excited that the process has finally come to an end. He credits many, including those at Aloha for making it easier.
"Playing and growing up in a place like Aloha is definitely something special," he said. "I feel like Aloha is a lot different than many places."
Now he'll head to Eugene, which is also different than many places. It's become a college football hotbed, where Running backs are featured in the offense, and usually break a lot of records -- and look good doing it.
"The uniforms," he said of what he's looking forward to most. "(Can't wait) to wear all those different uniforms."
Good thing he didn't act on that thought of going elsewhere. Most schools only have two uniforms.
A couple of Portland area kids will be joining Tyner in Eugene.
- OL Doug Brenner of Jesuit and OL Evan Voellner of West Linn signed their letters of intent to attend Oregon as well.
- In the wake of Kelly's departure, Helfrich lost only one stand out recruit when Dontre Wilson decided to sign with Ohio State, despite verbally committing to Oregon several months ago.
- Of their 19 signees, only one was a Junior College player. Joe Walker, a LB from Palos Verdes, CA and L.A Harbor College.
- Oregon State head coach Mike Riley will be in Portland Thursday night to talk about his 2013 recruiting class. Follow KGW-TV and kgw.com for more on his visit to Portland.