Oregon place kicker Matt Wogan, an incoming freshman from Porter Ridge High School (Indian Trail, North Carolina), enters his first season with the Oregon program.
Before joining the Ducks, Wogan was a star kicker/punter in high school with numerous honors and accolades. He was picked to play in the North/South Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas as a senior and was named to Associated Press’ N.C. All-State team.
Wogan was a highly regarded prospect earning high reviews by Rivals, ESPN, 247Sports and Scout. Rivals and 247Sports both listed him as the No. 2 kicker in the 2013 class, ESPN at No. 4 and Scout at No. 5. In addition to a top-5 ranking, Scout’s Chris Sailer had this to say about Wogan:
“Matt is a phenomenal kicking prospect. He has the strongest leg in the nation and shows huge talent. Kickoffs are top 2 in the nation in the Class of 2013. A great athlete with an even better attitude. The sky is the limit. A D1 Scholarship Pick without a doubt. OFFER NOW!!!”
Wogan was primarily recruited by Oregon coach Tom Osbourne. Wogan made a verbal commitment to the Ducks on June 26, 2012 and was firm in his decision throughout the recruiting process. He signed his letter of intent on February 6th, 2013.
Going into the 2013 season, Wogan will battle right away for the starting kicking duties. The Ducks have struggled over the past two seasons with inconsistencies from both Rob Beard and Alejandro Maldonado, particularly in tough losses to USC and Stanford in back-to-back seasons. Wogan will have a strong opportunity to start as a true freshman and compete with Maldonado for that starting job.