Warren Thompson was ready to commit to Oregon once he returned home from a visit last week.
The Armwood receiver loved the coaching staff and the facilities. Still, Thompson did not want to make an impulse decision. So he waited a few days.
He was weighing offers from North Carolina and FSU, the other two schools in his top three.
All signs kept pointing to the Northwest. Thompson has three tattoos of douglas firs on his left arm and he saw those trees on his visit to Eugene. For the past two months, Thompson said he also noticed some ducks that kept strolling past his front yard.
“It just seemed like Oregon was where I was meant to be,” he said.
On Monday, Thompson made it official by announcing his decision on a YouTube video he put together with the help of mentor Ty Timmons, who used to coach him in 7-on-7 with Unsigned Preps.
Thompson, a four-star receiver, is ranked 130th nationally in the 2018 class by 247Sports. He is the third major bay area prospect from this class to commit to the Ducks, joining Wesley Chapel athlete Isaiah Bolden and Tampa Bay Tech defensive tackle Jonathan King.
The local haul former USF coach Willie Taggart has been able to acquire in his first season with Oregon has this year's recruiting class ranked sixth nationally.
That total does not include former Armwood athlete Darrian McNeal and former Pinellas Park defensive lineman Jordon Scott who are currently freshmen at Oregon. The addition of those two were big factors for Thompson, who ate pizza and played Madden with them during his visit.
“It’s big having those guys there because they can tell what things are like and we all can lean on each other being from the same area,” Thompson said.
Thompson said he is taking his official visit to Oregon the first weekend in September, along with Armwood defensive tackle Malcolm Lamar and Bolden.
“I think we’ll have more guys from the area going to Oregon,” Thompson said. “I know for me, this decision had been weighing on me, and I’m glad to get it over with.
“Now I can just concentrate on the season and trying to win a state title.”