Armwood's Malcolm Lamar commits to Oregon
Armwood defensive lineman Malcolm Lamar indicated last month he would most likely wait until national signing day to make his college commitment.
On Friday, Lamar decided he could not wait any longer, announcing through a video on his Twitter page that he was committing to Oregon.
“I wanted to wait because I thought it was going to be hard to find a home to play in college,” Lamar said. “But I found that home in Oregon.”
Lamar, the No. 2 player in the Tampa Bay Times’ HomeTeam 100, picked the Ducks over an impressive list of SEC schools that included Alabama, LSU, Ole Miss and Tennessee.
His pledge continues Oregon’s run of landing top tier talent in the bay area. Former USF coach Willie Taggart, who took over this season, is using his Tampa Bay ties to his advantage. Besides Lamar, the Ducks also have commitments in the 2018 class from Armwood receiver Warren Thompson, Wesley Chapel athlete Isaiah Bolden and Tampa Bay Tech defensive lineman Jonathan King.
The local haul has helped Oregon vault to the No. 5 recruiting class in the country according to a composite ranking by 247Sports, putting them ahead of Florida and FSU.
Last week, Lamar visited Eugene for the Ducks’ Saturday Night Live event. That trip sold him on going there.
“It was different out there but it still felt like home,” Lamar said. “It was a great atmosphere. My mom loved it, too. The facilities were amazing but so were the people inside of them.”
During his trip, Lamar also got to spend time with former Pinellas Park defensive lineman Jordon Scott and former Armwood athlete Darrian McNeal, who are both freshman at Oregon this season.
Lamar is now trying influence others to join him, chief among them teammate James Miller, a linebacker who has Oregon listed among his top eight.