Five-star running back Thomas Tyner has put up big numbers during his high school career -- including rushing for over 640 yards and 10 touchdowns in a single game this season. Now he's set to take his talents to college. Our Brandon Huffman gives you the scoop on Tyner's skills, recruitment and more.
Get to know him
High school: Aloha High (Beaverton, Ore.)
Rating: (No. 2 overall RB)
Biggest strength: Tyner has some of the best top-end speed that you’ll see from any back in this class. He’s an elite world-class sprinter for his age, and once he’s in the open field, he’s gone. He’s also shown this year that he’s pretty durable, having numerous games where he carried the ball 30-plus times.
Area for improvement: He needs to do a better job of breaking tackles and being more elusive with the ball. He could also catch the ball better and more naturally out of the backfield.
NFL player he reminds us of: Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart. Like Stewart, Tyner is a Northwest native and, like Stewart, will be a running back for Oregon. Similar bodies, running styles and makeup.
Q: First off, he's an Oregon commit and the team just had a coaching change. Any reason to think he won't put his name to paper for the Ducks come Signing Day for that or any other reason?
Huffman: No reason for Duck fans to be concerned. A year ago? Maybe. But not now. Sure, Tyner is being recruited still by schools hoping that Kelly’s departure can crack the door open a little, but for the most part, its a waste of effort.
Q:Tyner committed to Oregon way back in November 2011, then de-committed in October 2012 before re-committing the very next day. What was going on with that decision and what made him ultimately decide to stick with the Ducks?
Huffman: He wanted to take official visits. Oregon said he had to de-commit to do so, so he did. A couple days later, he was back and all-in with the Ducks. Never really a chance he was going to leave, and his quick turnaround back to Oregon showed his loyalty to the Ducks.
Q: What are the biggest positives he brings to the field?
Huffman: He can carry the load and he knows that all 11 guys on defense are trying to shut him down. He gets stronger as the game goes on and carries pick up, which is important. He showed that durability this year.
Q: Does he have a shot to get on the field as a freshman?
Huffman: No question. With Kenjon Barner graduating, DeAnthony Thomas and Byron Marshall figure to be the 1-2 punch and Tyner figures to be that third back, like Thomas and Marshall have been as true freshmen the past two years.
Q: Oregon has a rich history of statistical stars at running back. Should Oregon fans expect him to be the next LaMichael James or Kenjon Barner?
Huffman: It's very possible that he’ll be in those annals. At Oregon, the feature back gets a ton of yards and great statistics. A lot of times, they have to wait their turn. But when it’s their chance, they take it and run with it. Tyner should be able to do that.
In his own words
"Last year, when there was talk about him leaving, I said on Twitter, 'I don't know where I’m going to go with Chip leaving.' But now that I’m more mature, I look into it and see you have to commit to the school and not the coach. I committed to Coach Kelly but I’m committed to more than Coach Kelly. I’m committed to Oregon. That is my dream." -- Jan. 10