Hillmen News · Joey Capra Commits to Oregon


A chance to attend what he described as his “dream school” has Placer High’s Joey Capra going from the desert to the Northwest to play college football next season.

 Capra, a senior-to-be offensive and defensive lineman at Placer High this season, confirmed Wednesday that he was decommitting from his verbal intent to play at Arizona State and has now committed to the University of Oregon.

 “Oregon has always been my dream school,” said Capra, who will have the opportunity to play with his brother, Jacob, a 2016 Placer grad who could start for the Ducks as a sophomore this season. “When they offered this week and with a chance to play with my brother, it was a choice I couldn’t pass up.”

 Capra, a 6-foot-4, 275-pound lineman, had announced in June that he was committing to play at Arizona State. A two-time All-Pioneer Valley League pick, Capra had nearly 20 offers, including Pac-12 offers from Arizona State, Arizona, Washington State, Oregon State and Cal. However, Capra, who is listed by high school websites 247Sports and Rivals.com as a three-star prospect, decommitted from the Sun Devils after the Oregon offer.

 “I called the ASU staff and told them about my decommitment,” Capra said. “I felt like that would be unmanly not to talk to them. A lot of guys do that without warning, and it’s not cool.”

 The oldest Capra brother, Johnny, who graduated in three years at Utah, is now going for his Master’s degree and still has two years of football eligibility remaining for the Utes, Joey said. A potential Pac-12 matchup between Oregon and Utah could mean a Capra family reunion in the next couple years.

 “That game where we’re all at it is going to be fun,” Joey said.

 Capra told The Journal that with his commitment to Oregon that it’s time to focus on the upcoming season with Placer.

 “It’s time to get down to work and have a great season here at Placer,” said Capra. “It’s exciting to commit to Oregon, but we’re also excited for our upcoming season here.”