There were whispers that the Chip Kelly loss could throw a wet towel on Ducks recruiting. Instead of rolling over, Coach Helfrich immediately got to work, took a group of coaches and visited several of the already-committed players as well as a few new prospects. Their hard work has yielded yet another commitment from Las Vegas, offensive tackle Elijah George.
Ranked as a 3 star prospect by ESPN, George has been called one of the biggest sleepers in the 2013 recruiting class, choosing Oregon over Duke, which was his other top choice. The 6’4″ 240 pound lineman didn’t start playing football until his freshmen year, but was promoted to the varsity squad during the second half of the season because of his athleticism. He then went on to play varsity for the rest of his high school career and dominated opposing players who were older and bigger.
George led his team to 29 wins in his 4 seasons, and while he is undersized for an offensive lineman, he more than makes up for it in strength. He will have to bulk up before he sees the field, because the college game is a whole different animal from high school football. If George can put on some weight though, look for him to make an impact on the field over the next four years.