It was a bumpy ride, but when it mattered, the Robinson twins stuck with the Ducks and signed with Oregon on National Signing Day. Duck Sports Authority's AJ Jacobson spoke with the twins today, and confirmed their decision to stay with Oregon.
Both twins look to play on the defensive side of the ball. At 6'3 200 pounds, consensus 4-star Tyrell Robinson will fit very well in Oregon's versatile defensive scheme, and could play a number of positions, though is projected at outside linebacker. His brother 3/4-star Tyree Robinson is a bit smaller, but will likely play safety at Oregon.
A big selling point for both athletes was also playing basketball, and they will likely get a shot at playing for Dana Altman.
Of all the Oregon recruits that were questionable after Chip Kelly's departure, the Robinson twins worried me the most. Their athletic ability will be a great fit for Nick Aliotti's schemes, and losing them would have been a large blow to the overall talent in the class.
However, getting the twins to stick with Oregon despite a last minute trip to Washington is another example of just how good a job Mark Helfrich and the rest of the Oregon coaching staff did after Chip Kelly's departure. Despite losing the best coach in school history, Helfrich and company lost only one commit over the past few weeks. There could be few worse times in the recruiting cycle for Kelly to leave, but Helfrich and the coaches hit the recruiting trail extremely hard, went after their prospects, and for the most part got them. Despite some misses, they held the original class intact and it looks like they stand to expand it a bit.
For now, welcome Tyree and Tyrell! We can't wait to see you on the field. And for Helfrich and company, I can't wait to see what they can do with a full year under their belts.