With four upperclassmen manning the place-kicker and punter positions in 2012, landing an elite and versatile kicker is a big-time need for the Ducks in this recruiting cycle.
The Ducks solved that problem early on when kicking specialist Matt Wogan (Indian Trail, N.C./Porter Ridge) committed back in June.
Wogan showed a tremendous leg on kickoffs, field goals and in the punting game during Oregon's team camp. His efforts impressed the Ducks enough that he earned his first scholarship offer within hours of leaving the camp.
While he's flattered that schools like North Carolina, USC, LSU and Auburn are still showing interest, Wogan knows he made the right decision and intends on honoring his commitment.
"Oregon was the first one to offer me a scholarship. I loved everything about the school, the town and especially the coaches. They worked with me and challenged me at their camp. Once I met the challenges they put in front of me head on, they said they knew they wanted me to be their kicking specialist of the future," Wogan said. "I knew right then and there that I was going to be a Duck."
With perhaps one of the strongest legs in the country, the future is full of options for Wogan.
Leg power and overall accuracy have always been there. What he will bring to the Oregon program is a kickoff specialist who can put the ball in the end zone on every kick.
Becoming a dual-threat kicker has always been a goal, and Wogan's punting has greatly improved as well. His hang time and distance have greatly improved to the point he believes he can step in for four-year starter Jackson Rice in 2013.
"Punting has been the biggest improvement in my skill level," Wogan said. "Even if I don't take over place-kicking duties as a freshman, I feel like I can be like Jackson and step in immediately at punter. Whatever I do, I just want to help the team any way I can."
Wogan said his commitment is as strong as it can be and plans to take just one official visit.
"The only visit I will be taking is my official to Oregon on September 22nd. It will be amazing to see a game there because kicking in an empty Autzen Stadium was an amazing feeling," Wogan said. "I can't even imagine what it's like when the place is packed."