Posted by Bryan Fischer
Verbal commitments are, by their very definition, done verbally. That was the case Tuesday afternoon as Arlington (Texas) brothers Eric and Stephen Amoako committed to Oregon.
Both defensive backs - Eric is a safety and Stephen a corner - received an offer from the Ducks last week and were comfortable enough with the future of the program to make their commitment known despite not even taking a trip to Eugene to check out the school.
Only that was a bit of a problem according to DuckTerritory.com. Chip Kelly will only accept commitments on his end if players make the journey up to see campus and meet with the coaching staff. Because the twins haven't done so, their verbal commitment is only a commitment on their end of the table at the moment.
"We must visit Oregon first for our commitment to be accepted by Oregon," Eric Amoako told the website. "I think we should visit this Spring or summer to make that commitment. Basically at this point Oregon leads until we make that visit."
Both of Oregon's other commitments had visited campus prior to pulling the trigger on a verbal pledge so if you want to get as technical as one can be without getting into letters of intent, the Ducks still have two verbal commitments. Otherwise, the pair gives the Ducks four commitments total for the class of 2012. The team has certainly had success in landing Texas athletes in the past and it looks like they found some more of it Tuesday in the Amoako twins.
That is, of course, once they make the trip up to Eugene to make things official.