Recruiting Update: Top Lineman Commits and 6’11” Center Wants Pac-12 Title
Sunday, Oregon landed its third offensive line recruit in hybrid-athlete Doug Brenner (NR/Portland, OR). Brenner joins the likes of Alex Redmond (4-Star/Los Alamitos, CA) and Evan Voeller (4-Star/West Linn, OR/Rivals250) in what could be one of the most athletic lines ever assembled in college football.
“I called Coach Greatwood and told him I was committing, and he handed the phone to coach Chip Kelly and they both said they were really excited,” said Brenner.” (Coach) Greatwood wants me to play center for Oregon at the next level. I am ready to do whatever they need me to do.”
The Duck’s Saturday victory over a “hapless mid-major” in Fresno State saw Brenner join commits Darren Carrington (4-Star/San Diego, CA/Rivals250) and Chris Seisay (3-Star/American Canyon, CA) in Oregon’s VIP seating section.
“You know, it was great…the atmosphere and everything,” said Seisay. “The coaches, Coach Chip (Kelly), they let me and Darren (Carrington) go into the locker room with them before pre-game, and I got to experience that, and coming out with the team. It was just so loud. It was one of the best ‘crowd games’ I’ve ever been to.”
Select visitors previously slated to attend last Saturday’s game have re-arranged their visits. Dual-sport brothers Tyree and Tyrell Robinson (4-Star(s)/San Diego, CA/Rivals250) will be in Eugene on the 22nd for Oregon’s matchup with the “rich-rodcats.” This scheduling move is said to allow incoming freshman point guard Dominic Artis (4-Star/Las Vegas, NV/Rivals150) to host the twin-tandem, along with power forward Aaron Gordon (5-Star/San Jose, CA/Rivals150). Artis may be Oregon’s trump card in landing both the Robinson twins and Gordon, as all four prep superstars have shared the hardwood together for the vaunted AAU squad, the Oakland Soldiers. Stay tuned!
Joining the Robinson’s inside Autzen will be offensive lineman Thomas Oser (3-Star/North Hollywood, CA). Oser recently narrowed his potential destination list to three, with Oregon very much in the hunt to land the versatile behemoth. “My first official visit will be to Oregon on September 22,” said Oser. “I’ve been up there before, but it was a quick day trip so I didn’t get to see everything. I’m amazed at how well they played for their first game. They played 15 different offensive lineman, which really stood out to me.”
On the home front, local running back and Duck commit Thomas Tyner (4-Star/Beaverton, OR/Rivals100) blew away expectations during his second prep game of 2012. After amassing over 200 yards and five touchdowns in his season opener, Tyner exceeded his opening performance with 384 yards and three scores in a 36-34 come-from-behind victory. (See Highlights Below)
Head coach Dana Altman continues to work his transfer-magic, as Oregon received word that JC All-American center Waverly Austin (2-Star/Martinsville, VA) has elected to suit up for the Ducks.
Via Twitter, Austin announced his intention to head west and added, ”With me coming to Oregon, the talent coming back, and then you add the guys they signed, I think we could be the best team in the Pac-12.”
At 6’11”, 250 lbs., Austin averaged 14.8 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 2.9 blocks at the junior college level, and appears hungry to succeed at the next level. “I feel like I could be the last missing piece to get Oregon to the NCAA Tournament…Pac-12 Championship…That is why I am coming.”
Combo-guard Darin Johnson (3-Star/Sacramento, CA/Rivals150) plans to visit the Ducks this coming weekend. “I feel really good about Oregon,” said Johnson. “I just want to get an overall feel for the campus and Eugene. I want to see how the coaches are, how they (Oregon) plan to play this season.”
A good friend of the aforementioned Artis and dual-sport freshman Arik Armstead, Johnson is looking forward to the reunion. “It should be fun to see them up in Eugene and kick it out and about with them this weekend.” Following Johnson’s time in Eugene, Altman and staff will make an in-home visit next week to evaluate where the 6’4″ scorer’s recruitment process sits.
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