Posted by Bryan Fischer
Most recruiting analysts expected Oregon to receive a bounce in recruiting thanks to back-to-back BCS bowls and an appearance in the title game last season. While that hasn't been the case so far, the Ducks did manage to pull a commitment from one of Colorado's top players in Aurora (Col.) tight end Evan Baylis Friday night and hope that he's the start of something big in the class of 2012.
"Yes I have committed to the Oregon Ducks and head coach Chip Kelly," Baylis told DuckTerritory.com. "I called my tight end coach Tom Osborne and then spoke with head coach Chip Kelly and they were really excited about it."
The 6-foot-5, 230 pound tight end held offers from both in-state programs and a host of other Pac-12 schools. The decision to go with the Ducks was obvious to Baylis once he took a campus visit in March however.
"I really enjoyed my visit that I went on and while I was there I got along well with the coaches," said Baylis. "I really liked the area and the campus and it made me feel like I was at home.
"Plus they are going to be good at football for a long time and that played a part as well."
Baylis is Oregon's second commitment for the class of 2012 and the first player for the Ducks from the state of Colorado since 2007.