Switcheroo

California linebacker Terrance Pritchett (6-2, 205, 4.7), from Grant Union High School in Sacramento, has reversed field, decommitting from Arizona in favor of Oregon while on an official visit to the Eugene campus last weekend.

"I committed to Oregon on Sunday, at about two in the afternoon," Terrance Pritchett said. "I was in Coach (Mike) Bellotti's office and he was talking to me about how my trip was going and if I had seen everything I needed to. I just told him I wanted to go to Oregon and he shook my hand and said 'Welcome to the family.' Then we left his office and went out and he told everyone the news and I shook hands with all of the coaches.

"But I knew as soon as I got to the campus on Saturday that I wanted to go there," said Scout.com's No. 2 middle 'backer prospect. "It was just different. Everything was organized. The atmosphere made me feel like I was at home. I'm from Virginia. I lived there from the third to the ninth grade before I moved to California. Oregon has the same weather as Virginia and the people there are real good.

"Also, my team is like the Oregon team. They joke around and they keep it real. They weren't afraid to make fun and be themselves. I felt like I fit in with them and on Sunday, I knew it was what I wanted to do. It's also closer to home and the people, the coaches and the team made me want to play for Oregon. I just felt better when I was at Oregon. After I had committed to Arizona, I still wanted to keep my options open. The Arizona coaches knew I was going to visit Colorado (September 16) and Oregon (October 28).

"I'm 100% committed to Oregon and I won't be taking any other trips," Pritchett emphasized. "I didn't ever really feel like I was 100% committed to Arizona (where he committed in June). I visited Arizona the week before I went to Oregon and I didn't really feel it. I told the Arizona coaches on Monday or Tuesday I was going to Oregon instead. They already knew because they had heard about it. Coach Tim Kish (linebackers) said he was disappointed and he asked me why I had changed my mind. We talked about it a little but he knows that this is my life. Finally, he just told me 'bye'. He was never rude, just disappointed.

"The Oregon coaches told me I might start out at either will or sam linebacker spots and maybe move to the mike position later."

Pritchett said he also has offers from Nebraska, Nevada, UNLV, San Diego State, Washington and Washington State. Nearby California recruited him but never offered.

Partial senior season (8-0) stats: 55 tackles/1 sack/1 interception for a TD/1 fumble recovery for a TD; 13 receptions as a tight end/255 yards/3 TDs

Pritchett reports a 3.5 core GPA and an 840 SAT (old scale). "I think I'm qualified but I'm going to retake the SAT in December anyway."

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