Peyton Bowen, the 5-star safety from Texas who was briefly committed to Oregon back in December, apparently came remarkably close to signing with the Ducks.

On Thursday at a media availability in Norman, Bowen said a paperwork issue prevented him from officially signing with Oregon. Bowen claims he sent his letter of intent to Oregon, but it was not filled out properly. That caused Oregon to send the letter back, but Bowen never re-filed the paperwork with the Ducks.

“I sent (the letter of intent in) but we didn’t put the a.m. or p.m. on by accident,” Bowen told reporters Thursday, via The Tulsa World. “So I should be there right now, honestly. I wrote the time, but didn’t write a.m. or p.m. by it.”

Bowen entered the early signing period as a longtime Notre Dame commit, but ended up flipping to Oregon during a ceremony at his high school. A couple days later, he officially signed with Oklahoma and is enrolled for the spring semester in Norman.

It was a big loss for the Ducks, as Bowen was ranked as one of the top prospects in the country for the class of 2023.

However, Oregon still put together an excellent recruiting class under Dan Lanning. The Ducks’ 2023 class ranks No. 8 nationally, per 247Sports composite rankings.