Junior college defensive end William Tukuafu (6-4, 265), from Mesa Junior College (Ariz.), decommitted from Arizona in favor of Oregon on December 5. He said he'll be enrolling on January 5 for the winter semester in Eugene.
"I made a commitment to Arizona on November 26," Tukuafu said. "I did it for my family. I live with my older brother Masa Tukuafu who has put me through school and has taken care of me. I thought we needed to be close and that they would want me to stay close to home so that they could see me play. My mistake was assuming and not discussing things with my family.
"The following Sunday (December 3), my decision to commit to Arizona just didn't feel right. It all comes down to a feeling. I decided to talk it over with my brother and family. I explained why I committed to Arizona -- to be close to them. I also explained that the decision didn't feel right and that I wasn't passionate about the school or the team.
"My brother was so supportive," said the three-star prospect. "He didn't want me to commit to a school where I wasn't going to give 100%. He wanted me to make the best decision for me. He supported my decision to want to change schools. After our talk, I prayed, then called Oregon Coach Gary Crowton (offensive coordinator). I told him that I wanted to decommit from Arizona and commit to the Ducks. He was shocked and asked me to stay by the phone.
"Then Coach Mike Bellotti called me a few minutes later and I explained to him that I wanted to commit to Oregon. Coach Bellotti flew down the next day (December 4) to meet with me. He is excited to have me and thinks I made a good decision. I have the papers and plan to sign with the Ducks.
"I know that there are a lot of Arizona fans mad at me," Tukuafu explained. "But, I have to do what feels right. I called Coach Mike Stoops from Arizona the next day (December 5) after I met with Coach Bellotti. I told him that I had changed my mind -- that it wasn't right to commit to a team where I wasn't going to give 100%. He was stunned and shocked. He didn't see this coming. I feel really bad, but it just didn't feel right to commit to the Wildcats. That's all it comes down to--a feeling.
"I called the Arizona linebacker coach after I spoke with Coach Stoops. He asked me to repeat myself twice. It was a huge shock for all the coaches involved. Arizona is still calling and recruiting me after I switched on them.
"I feel good inside now and am enjoying the feeling that I am going to play for the Ducks." Tukuafu said. "I hope everyone understands that what I did was for a personal reason. I made the decision by faith."