Top NFL Draft Prospect, Oregon Star Explains Why He Didn’t Commit to Alabama

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He also said Nike was one of the main reasons why he chose to attend Oregon.

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Oregon defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux is projected to be one of the top draft prospects selected in the 2022 NFL draft, and he was previously a five-star prospect before entering college. Thibodeaux ultimately decided to play for the Ducks, though he was also heavily recruited by the Crimson Tide.

Thibodeaux explained that education was a major factor in his decision to join Oregon rather than Alabama. He went on to suggest that Alabama would not have prepared him for life after football as well as Oregon did.

“I already hate the stigmatism of football players being dumb jocks,” Thibodeaux said. “So now, do you know the stigmatism [sic] of Alabama education? It ain’t the west coast. It ain’t Harvard.”

When theorizing if he elected to join Alabama, he added “I don’t know if my degree would mean anything.” Thibodeaux went on to explain the other major factor that played a role in his decision was Nike, the school’s apparel sponsor.

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