It's almost like Christmas day for college football programs across the country, as high school seniors announce their future plans. It's national letter of intent day.
This evening at 5:30 p.m. SOU Raiders Coach Craig Howard will announce the names of those players who plan to don the red and black next season. According the SOU athletics website, some 20 players have given verbal commitments to play next year for a resurging Raiders program that appeared in the NAIA playoffs for the first time in several seasons, and finished the season ranked fifth in the nation.
Elsewhere locally, the 2013 fate of Crater Comet defensive stalwarts R.J. Morgan and Derrick Turituri will become official. Both committed some time ago to play next season at the University of Arizona as linebackers.
The Oregon Ducks will reel in a handful of in-state recruits. Headlining the harvest is RB Thomas Tyner of Aloha. He will be joined by OT Evan Voeller of West Linn and C Doug Brenner of Jesuit.
One name familiar to local high school football fans is QB Wyatt Houston of Horizon Christian. His dad, Bill Houston was a one-time standout for the Medford Black Tornado over 30 years ago. Houston, who is rehabbing from injuries sustained during the 2012 campaign, will play collegiately at Utah St. The fate of Oregon 3A co-offensive player of Brandon Williams is not yet known. Williams set numerous records as a member of the Cascade Christian Challengers. the 5'9 155 lb. RB/DB has drawn a lot of interest because of his speed, however his lack of size has caused some hesitation with otherwise interested programs.