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National Signing Day 2016: Former Oregon Commit, CB Mayden, flips to Alabama

Jared Mayden, a 4-star defensive back out of Texas, makes switch official after de-committing last month from the Ducks

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After verbally committing to Oregon last July, Jared Mayden ended up spending most of his senior season at Sachse High School in Texas defending his decision and reaffirming that commitment to the Ducks. "I've been thinking awhile and I like Oregon a lot. They bee there for me from the jump. Nobody has shown much love as them in the recruiting process," Mayden wrote on Twitter on Oct. 15. "I'm just letting you guys know that I'm staying committed to the University of Oregon. I love all Yall."

Since then, that tweet was deleted, Mayden decommitted on Jan. 6, and he proceeded to make official visits to Michigan, Georgia, Oklahoma and Alabama. On National Signing Day, Mayden made his departure from Eugene official as he signed a letter of intent to play for Alabama, with nail in the coffin coming in the form of a personal visit from Nick Saban last week.

Mayden is now the second DB targeted by Oregon to commit to the Crimson Tide within the past couple days, including Nigel Knott, a CB out of Mississippi. Additionally, Mayden is now joined by Hawaiian RB Vavae Melapeai and dual-threat QB Seth Green as notable four-star recruits who decommitted from the Ducks after declaring early, only to sign elsewhere (Melapeai with USC, Green with Minnesota). At one point in the fall, Mayden was touted as Oregon's highest rated recruit.