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Rock Bridge wide receiver Alex Ofodile commits to Oregon

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 | 6:56 p.m. CDT; updated 10:51 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Rock Bridge wide receiver Alex Ofodile stands on the sidelines during walk throughs, Sept. 20, 2012, at Faurot Field. Alex is the son of Rock Bridge head coach A.J. Ofodile.

COLUMBIA — Rock Bridge wide receiver Alex Ofodile, the top high school football recruit from the state of Missouri, has committed to play for Oregon.

Ofodile announced his decision on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon, and his father, Rock Bridge coach A.J. Ofodile, confirmed it.

Ofodile — ESPN and Rivals.com's highest-ranked player in the state from the 2015 class — was also being recruited by Missouri, Oklahoma, Notre Dame and Michigan State, among other schools. In 2013, his junior year, he recorded 92 catches for 1,300 yards and 16 touchdowns. Rock Bridge reached the Class 6A championship game in November, losing 35-14 to Blue Springs.

ESPN ranked Ofodile as the No. 5 receiver in the country, while Rivals.com ranked him at No. 12.

A.J. Ofodile was part of the recruiting process from beginning to end.

"My biggest thing is I wanted him to pick a school he would be excited about and felt comfortable with," he said. "You want tangible reasons for picking a program. Not because the girls are prettier or because the weather is nicer, but because it gives you a real opportunity for success."

The coach said he is pleased with his son's decision, but more importantly, how he came to it.

"I thought he did a good job of being an adult and making his first big adult decision," he said. "It's not about what I prefer. I didn't earn any scholarships in this situation."

According to Rivals, Ofodile is the seventh four-star recruit from Rock Bridge since 2004. Of those seven, two — quarterback Chase Patton and linebacker Van Alexander — have gone on to play for Missouri. Patton and Alexander both played for the Tigers from 2005-2008.

But Missouri, which just finished 12-2 last season, couldn't land the biggest prize in its backyard.

Oregon, which runs a fast-paced offense, finished the 2013 season as the No. 9 team in the AP and USA Today polls.

In the first season under coach Mark Helfrich, the Ducks averaged 45.5 points per game.

Supervising editor is Mark Selig.


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