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Recruiting Update: How the heck do you say that kid’s name?!

Recruiting Update: How the heck do you say that kid’s name?!

Mark Flores
Reported by Mark Flores on October 3, 2012
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Football Recruiting

Prospects

RB Kani Benoit (NR/Phoenix, AZ)

It’s difficult to imagine that current running back Kenjon Barner will no longer man the Oregon backfield following this season. Just think of where Oregon was at when he arrived–Oregon coming off a Sun Bowl victory over USF after it seemed like the Ducks were finally over the hump and bound for the BCS, until Dennis Dixon’s knee ended that hope. Quite a ride it’s been, all the unprecedented success that Barner has witnessed firsthand. Chip Kelly had just finished his first year at Oregon…as an offensive coordinator. It’s been a while.

Nonetheless, fellow tailbacks De’Anthony Thomas, Byron Marshall, and incoming prep stars Thomas Tyner (4-Star/Beaverton, OR/Rivals#6RB) and Dontre Wilson (4-Star/DeSoto, TX/Rivals250) should allow for a relatively seamless regime transition in Chip Kelly’s system.

Rising from relative obscurity is a new Oregon target, the shifty yet bruising Kani Benoit (NR/Phoenix, AZ). Nearing the midway point of his senior season, Benoit maintains that the Ducks are beginning to show interest. “I talked to the running back(s) coach (Gary Campbell)…” said Benoit. “That’s the first time I’ve heard from them, and he said he liked my film and was interested in me.”

At 6’0, 200 lbs., Benoit fits the mold of a change-of-pace back. Much like the aforementioned Marshall, Benoit compliments speed (4.48/40) with strength (295 lb. bench press) and utilizes a downhill running style to make his way to paydirt. Due to Campbell and Co.’s late but serious communication, Benoit could be the final backfield piece in the 2013 Oregon recruiting class; stay tuned!

Visits/News

Almost halfway through his senior campaign, nationally-touted wide receiver James Quick (4-Star/Louisville, KY/Rivals250) professes the Ducks are still in the hunt to land his playmaking abilities. “Oregon is still one of my top schools,” said the 6’2″, 180 lb. route runner. “They are a really fast team, and I love how they spread the ball around. I love Oregon’s offense and I think it’s a great fit for me. I’ve seen them on TV a few times this season and they are really good.” Wide receivers Coach Scott Frost will need to vehemently push for an official visit to take place as logistics may play a role in Quick’s program decision.

Current Oregon defensive back Reggie Daniels prep teammate, Santana Sterling (NR/Chandler, AZ), is currently attempting to join Daniels inside the confines of Autzen Stadium. “I love the Oregon program,” said Sterling. “I would definitely love to go to Oregon… (Daniels) helped me through a tough time when he was down here and I have a lot of respect for him.”

While only a junior, the 6’1″, 205 lb. linebacker is believed to be making arrangements to visit Eugene sometime during the 2012 season and could be a lock to suit up in Lightning Yellow and Thunder Green when all is said and done.

Fellow southwest prep star, safety J.R. Hunt (NR/Chandler, AZ) is equally high on Oregon. “I really love the school and the defense they run,” said Hunt. “The coaches are all great and they are showing a lot of interest. I get letters every week and we talk pretty often.” A lankly 6’3″, 195 lb. third-level defender, Hunt plays well in coverage and creeps up to the line to break screens and limit yards on the ground. Hunt intends to visit Oregon this weekend when the Ducks take on the “dreaded puppies” in what will hopefully be the ninth consecutive victory over the “northern neighbors.”

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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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  • WR help

    Love seeing guys like Benoit getting looks by the Ducks. Tyner will get the shine because he’s home-grown and ‘flashy’. However, Benoit could very well start next year. That’s what makes recruiting fun. I believe the Ducks need a ‘change of pace’ back to max potential to beat the best aka Bama. I loved the Blount-
    J. Johnson combo of thunder & lightning. This is why Colt is such a pleasant surprise. Teams like wsu get confident when they have to chase down KB after awhile, but mix in a 6’5, 250 lbs. battering ram and we will be unstoppable against the best defense.
    Really hope we land Quick…but Is he just another Devon Blackmon?? Can the real Wide Receivers please stand up?

  • JCS0007

    Benoit: Pronounced Ben-Waa