Christmas came early for Oregon fans, as Scout.com learned Wednesday that Boseko Lokombo, a 6-foot-3…
Lokombo Talks About Decision
"I chose Oregon because I was familiar with Eugene and comfortable with the coaching staff," the 6-foot-3, 220-pound athlete from W.J. Mouat Secondary in Abbotsford, British Columbia said Thursday during a brief conversation. "The football team is great, the coaching staff is great. Eugene is a small town, so there's not a lot of distraction. Those are the reasons." The timing of the decision was based on Lokombo's wish that he see more than just one school. In the end he officially visited Oregon, Oregon State and California, with the last trip coming this past weekend in Corvallis, Ore. He told Scout.com that his last official visit was going to be Boise State, but those thoughts have been erased with this decision. According to Lokombo, he had eight written offers in total, but chose the Ducks over the two schools he officially visited. "I wanted to take at least two or three official visits," he said. "I wanted to compare schools. "After the last visit, my whole family got together and talked. We talked about the pros and cons and decided Oregon would be a good choice for me." To say that Oregon Head Coach Mike Bellotti was thrilled with the news of Bo's commitment appear to be an understatement. "He was really happy," Lokombo said of Bellotti's reaction. "He said it was one of the best Christmas gifts he's ever received." Even though the official visits gave him the final bits of information he needed to come to a decision, his awareness of the Ducks and their program go back a ways. Before moving back to Canada, Lokombo played his junior season for the South Eugene Axemen. That year shaped a lot of his notions of what Oregon football is all about. "I went to lot of their games," he said. "I got familiar with the fans and the support for the team. That's when I really got to know them." Lokombo has always been known as a very versatile athlete. He was the Provincial AAA Eastern Conference All-Star Offensive MVP at running back, running for 1556 yard on only 107 carries for a whopping 14.54 yards per carry average, scoring 22 times with a long run of 97 yards. He also caught 37 passes for 728 yards and nine more scores, accounting for 2284 all-purpose yards in total. On defense he had 47 tackles and four interceptions, with one going for a touchdown. He even had a 86-yard punt return for a touchdown and kicked off for the Hawks as well. Despite his prolific nature on offense, Lokombo has been recruited by the Ducks on the defensive side of the line. "I may get a chance at the offensive side," he said, noting that Oregon wants him to play either middle or outside linebacker to start.
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