Tyree and Tyrell Robinson, a pair of San Diego twins being recruited by Lorenzo Romar and Steve Sarkisian, have given their verbal commitments to play both football and basketball for the University of Oregon.
Both players stand 6’4″, with Tyree listed as a 180 pound shooting guard and Tyrell as a 185 pound small forward. Tyree appears to be slightly higher in profile, ranked three stars by Rivals and ESPN, but four stars by Scout. Tyrell is rated three stars by Rivals and Scout, but two stars by ESPN. In football, both Tyree and Tyrell are ranked either three or four stars by the various recruiting services, and the two are either listed as athletes without a specific position or as wide receivers or cornerbacks.
September 8, 2012; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks coach Chip Kelly leads the team to the field before the game against the Fresno State Bulldogs at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-US PRESSWIRE
Obviously, this is significantly good news for Oregon fans, who get two players that are highly skilled in both sports. This may just be a personal observation, but it seems that for the most part, when a recruit signs on to play both football and basketball, he is usually very talented in one of his sports, while being just barely talented enough to play the other at such a high level. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, the Washington tight end and power forward, is a prime example. Austin is a future-NFL talent, but on the hardwood, he is more of a role player. This doesn’t necessarily seem to be the case for Tyree and Tyrell, as both Chip Kelly and Dana Altman will be very excited to have a commitment from these two.
This is a loss for Washington, but just as I said this morning about Kyle Washington’s commitment to NC State, it is not a crippling injury. Aaron Gordon and Darin Johnson are still going to visit next weekend, and Coach Sark is already building a high quality 2013 class. We will keep you updated on any more recruiting news.