Butte (Mont.) defensive end Cody Carriger went from unknown to prized Oregon commit in no time. The 6-foot-7, 230 pound prospect had 11 verbal offers from Washington, Montana, Harvard, Oregon State and Army among others.
According to his father, Rick Carriger, the decision came down to Oregon and Washington for his commitment.
"He really liked coach Jerry Azzinaro a lot at Oregon," Carriger said. "I'm a strong believer as a parent in letting your kids make their own decision so I support his choice. I know it was a hard decision for him to make but Oregon just stood out to him."
His father has coached for 26 years and currently spends his time watching his children, including Cody. As a person familiar with football he describes Cody as a "freakish" athlete on the gridiron.
"He ran a 11.25 100-meter dash time this year," he said. "I know if he wasn't 6-foot-7 he'd get out of the blocks faster and crush that time. He's also real slim right now and has virtually no fat on his body. I'm certain they won't have a problem getting him up to 270 pounds or more in college. He also recorded a 35-inch vertical on a bad ankle recently."
Carriger has the ability to play on either side of the ball but his father said Oregon wants him on defense.
"They want him to play the 'drop end' position as they call it," he said. "I think that would be a great position for him at Oregon and I know he's excited. They have been recruiting him since he was a sophomore so they have been high on his list for a while. They did a good job recruiting him and stayed in touch either by mail or phone every week."
His father noted there were no formal plans for a decision timeline but said his son just knew after the recent visit to Eugene.
They do not plan to take any other trips other than their official visit to Oregon this Fall. His father also said he is a big believer in giving your word and sticking to it, he expects Cody to remain solid despite any new offers.