At Nike’s recent The Opening showcase, rising offensive lineman and new Oregon commit Alex Redmond (3-Star/Los Alamitos, CA) accomplished what few have: block vaunted defensive force and Opening MVP Eddie Vanderdoes (4-Star/Placer, CA/Rivals100).
According to various onlookers, the 6’5, 300 lb. Redmond not only stuffed the highly-publicized defensive end, but blocked him so violently that the equally-large Vanderdoes (6’4, 285 lbs.) sustained a camp-ending shoulder injury. Fellow Duck Faithful, I cannot stress the importance of this recent development enough.
While flying relatively under the radar, Redmond’s dominance over the nation’s top defensive recruit is only the beginning. A new era of Oregon O-Line dominance is coming to Eugene. Stay tuned for upcoming FISHDUCK material on this subject, you’re not going to want to miss this!
Other Oregon-bound Opening participants included running back Dontre Wilson (4-Star/DeSoto, TX) and wide receiver Darren Carrington (3-Star/San Diego, CA). While having previously drawn De’Anthony Thomas comparisons by this writer and others, Wilson all but confirmed his status as a super-prep with well-executed cuts in space and breakaway touchdown runs. Simply put, he’s the real deal.
In minor contrast, Carrington may have experienced the nerves of being amongst equally-talented route runners. A few dropped passes made for some frustration, but his speed and ability to create plays are nonetheless redeeming. Rest assured, Carrington’s raw ability will be molded to fit the ever-evolving shape of Oregon’s offense.
In the midst of out-of-state talent, local product Johnny Ragin (3-Star/Wilsonville, OR) continued his quest to land a Ducks offer. “Oregon has picked up their interest… I’ve been talking to Coach (Don) Pellum and they just want to evaluate me a little more.” While relatively unknown, Ragin’s consistent play at linebacker and performance in Opening isolation tests make a Ducks offer all but certain in the coming months.
Continuing efforts to bolster perimeter speed came in the form of an offer to wide-out John Ross (4-Star/Long Beach, CA). “I was really surprised about the Oregon offer,” said Ross. “That’s a big offer.” At 5’9, 170 lbs. Ross is a speedster with fuel to burn. If he opts to dawn Lightning Yellow and Thunder Green, Ross may move around on the field before settling in a defined role.
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