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Recruiting Update: Heralded Safety Visits & Ragin Plays Waiting Game

Recruiting Update: Heralded Safety Visits & Ragin Plays Waiting Game

Mark Flores
Reported by Mark Flores on October 31, 2012
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Leon McQuay III (5-Star/Seffner, FL/Rivals#2-RatedS)

Football Recruiting

Visits/News

Oregon has had its share of high-profile recruits visit over the course of the season. Saturday was no different as the Ducks played host to arguably the top prep safety in the nation, Leon McQuay III (5-Star/Seffner, FL/Rivals#2-RatedS). A ballhawk with punishing tackling ability, the 6’2″ 185 lb. McQuay will remind We, The Duck Faithful, of former Oregon greats Patrick Chung and Eddie Pleasant.

Another visitor, local product Evan Colorito (2-Star/Beaverton, OR), was on-hand to witness Oregon’s move to 8-0. An imposing outside linebacker at 6’4″ 218 lbs., Colorito will need to improve his 40 time (4.72/40) in order to generate continued interest from Linebackers Coach Don Pellum. With only one backer, Tyrell Robinson (4-Star/San Diego, CA/Rivals250), committed in the 2013 class, expect to see the Ducks examine their potential targets with elevated scrutiny.

Almost a complete unknown leading up to last week, stout runner Kani Benoit (NR/Phoenix, AZ) may find his way to Eugene in the very near future. “I’d like to take a few visits … including Oregon,” said Benoit. Running Backs Coach Gary Campbell made it a point to get some face time with the 6’0″ 200 lb. tailback during Oreogn’s bye week. “(Campbell) was down not too long ago to check on me and find out about me,” said Benoit. “I talked to him the other day, and he said he wants me to visit. (Oregon is) definitely a trip I’d like to take.”

Thought by some to warrant a Ducks scholarship offer after his participation in Nike’s The Opening, linebacker Johnny Ragin (3-Star/Wilsonville, OR) continues to wait. “I’m just trying to keep playing hard every game. I’m trying to play without hesitation and live up to my full potential,” said Ragin. “I’m keeping in contact with Oregon every week, and we’ll just see what happens there. I’ve been down there several times this season and I’m sure I’ll be down again for one of the last two games.”

Prospects

While only a junior, versatile athlete Henry Mondeaux (NR/Portland, OR) is already garnering attention from the coaching staff. “I went to Oregon …and they gave me a real nice tour and everything,” said Mondeaux. “Oregon is a great school and they have a lot to offer.” Playing both sides of the ball at the high school level and boasting some of the better hands in the state, Mondeaux at 6’4″ 225 lbs., could be an heir apparent to current Duck hybrid Colt Lyerla . “I’m thinking tight end might be my best position in college. I’m working on getting stronger right now and holding my run-blocks better.”

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Mark Flores

Mark FloresMark Flores, a Salem, OR resident, is a Firefighter/EMT who recently graduated from Corban University with a Bachelors Degree in English-Journalism. An Oregon Ducks football season-ticket holder since 2010 with plans of pursuing his masters degree at the U of O, he is a passionate and knowledgeable Ducks fan with a heavy interest in Oregon athletics and recruiting. A former lacrosse player, Flores brings a wealth of knowledge of Oregon teams not readily covered by the media.Flores has over five years of journalism experience, including writing for the Statesman Journal in Salem and holding the position of Sports Editor for the Hilltop News (Corban University). He brings his detailed knowledge of recruiting and athletics to the FishDuck team, and welcomes your feedback.Author's Note: "I do not capitalize our rival, "that other school", nor any other institution outside of our beloved UNIVERSITY OF OREGON. WTD!!!"Twitter: @MarkDFloresView all posts by Mark Flores →


 

 

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