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Tailback Thomas Tyner’s reaction and Oregon’s offer to offensive lineman Evan Voeller led the news, Saturday, coming out the latest edition of Duck Junior Day. Tyner’s recruitment and subsequent commitment to Oregon were “cemented” by what the 2012 Rivals #1-rated running back felt was positive feedback from Oregon personnel, specifically Running Backs Coach Gary Campbell.
“Coach Campbell just let me know they are low on running backs and he’s excited to have me coming there. He let me know I’m important to the class and he’s excited that I will be enrolling early.” – Thomas Tyner (Interview with Duck Territory 3/4/12).
With the expected departure of running back Tra Carson, Tyner’s firm commitment to drape his 6’0, 210 lb. frame with one of the many uniforms that Oregon has to offer stabilizes a running corps that lacks a bruising presence.
Oregon made the first step to open up future running lanes for Tyner with an offer to fellow Portland-area product, Voeller. The 4-Star tackle/guard indicated that he “expected” to get the nod from the home-state Ducks but nonetheless felt “relief for it to be official.”
Clearly an area of scrutiny heading into 2013, Offensive Line Coach Steve Greatwood followed up his offer to Voeller with a pair to Nico Falah (3-Star/Bellflower, CA) and Sean Harlow (3-Star/San Clemente, CA). Both lineman share the same height (6’5) with Falah (270 lbs) edging fellow tackle Harlow in weight (260 lbs).
(Sean Harlow Highlights Unavailable)
With hype building around the inevitable quarterback battle in Eugene, the Ducks have no shortage of interest from dual-threat prospects. The latest in a crop of talented signal-callers, Troy Williams (4-Star/Harbor City, CA/Rivals100) has more than an “eye on Oregon.” At 6’1, 190 lbs., Williams possess a strong, yet poised, arm and an uncanny ability to throw accurately on the run – skills that would pay large dividends in the Ducks’ spread attack.
Two wide-out prospects, Darrell Daniels (4-Star/Oakley, CA/Rivals250) and Demorea Stringfellow (4-Star/Moreno Valley, CA/Rivals250), could form a high-octane trident with fellow-Californian Williams if all three make their way to Eugene. Daniels stands a towering 6’4 and, at 205 lbs., dwarfs most coverage corners in one-on-one situations.
Somewhat of a sleeper early in the 2013 recruiting window, Stringfellow, a 6’2, 185 lb. speedster, can take it the distance whenever he hauls in a catch.
(Stringfellow Highlights Unavailable)
Another potential route-runner hails from across the country in one Daryl Worley (NR/Philadelphia, PA). The 6’0, 185 lb. receiver has track-team speed (4.4/40) and plans on “doing both football and track in college.” Versatile and agile on the football field, Worley is ranked in the National Top 20 in two track events, the 200 and 400 meter distances.
(Worley Highlights Unavailable)
Over the weekend, Victor Egu (3-Star/Concord, CA), a three-position athlete, joined De La Salle High teammate Michael Hutchings on Oregon’s Offered List. While he feels “most comfortable at linebacker,” Egu is an extremely athletic at 6’3, 220 lbs. and employs solid defensive line mechanics to shed blocks and harass opposing quarterbacks. Egu moonlights as a tight end while lining up on offense and can be found throwing heavy blocks, something we Oregon Faithful have come to expect.
The term young might not accurately describe defensive tackle Scott Pagano (NR/Honolulu, HI). Rare-indeed is a 16 year old that stands at 6’4 and can throw 275 lbs. of weight around on the gridiron. As a run-stopper and imposing presence on the defensive line, Pagano makes a living blowing by opponents and catching runners in the backfield. While still early in his recruitment, Pagano indicated that the Ducks are “sticking out” and that he plans to attend “Oregon’s camp in June.”
(Pagano Highlights Unavailable)
The ever popular Twitter recruiting world bore witness to some very exciting Duck news as consensus #1 overall prospect Robert Nkemdiche tweeted that he is looking forward to visiting Oregon and interacting with we, the Duck Faithful.
For up to the minute recruiting news, please visit our friends at DUCK TERRITORY, and look for my latest recruiting update next week. WTD!!!