​It is always a head-scratcher when a highly-coveted football recruit decides to go anywhere other than Alabama. If you have the choice, why wouldn't you go to the most prestigious college program? 


The number-two recruit in the nation, Kayvon Thibodeaux, decided to do just that on Saturday. He has ​turned down Alabama's offer and has fully committed to the Oregon Ducks.

While the five-star defensive end may not see as much college success as he would playing with the Crimson Tide, he has a very solid reason for choosing Oregon.


It all comes down to relationships and scheme. He told 247's Greg Biggins, “There were a lot of reasons why I chose Oregon. I have a great comfort level with the coaching staff and I know I can go in there and get developed. I’ve known coach (Keith) Heyward since I was just a freshman and I really like coach Joe (Salave’a, DL coach) a lot. He’s a great coach, one of the best coaches in the country and I can’t wait to learn from him."


He also wants to stay at the defensive end position. Alabama looked at him as an outside linebacker. The newest Duck also is looking ahead at his future after football, too. Thibodeaux wants to become a sports broadcaster, and he believes Oregon is the right place. 


"There are a lot of former Ducks at ESPN and in Fox and they have a lot of internship programs for students to get experience there as well," he told Biggins. 


Thibodeaux will be Oregon's highest ranked commit ever, and he seems like a good kid with ​an intelligent head on his shoulders.

​​Big ups to Oregon. You got an absolute steal.