Much like the general of yesteryear, Helfrich’s magnificent seven are running roughshod through the deep south. Highly touted safety Mattrell McGraw(NR/River Ridge, LA) received an Oregon offer and will be visiting Eugene later in the spring season. “This offer definitely puts (the Ducks) high on my list,” said McGraw. “If the visit goes well then I can see Oregon being my top school. It’s been my dream school since I was small so this offer means a lot to me.” A stout 6’0″, 185 lbs., McGraw could make an instant impact in the secondary as a ball hawking defender with excellent coverage skills.
Just to the east, defensive end Andrew Williams(4-Star/McDonough, GA/Rivals100) is also hearing from the Ducks. “Dion Jordanwas a guy I looked up to this year and I’m just really attracted to (Oregon),” said Williams. “Their tradition is solid I’ve heard a lot of good things from a couple players down here who they’ve offered.” Playing on the weakside, Williams at 6’4”, 245 lbs., fits the mold of a drop end with solid speed and pass rushing ability. An Oregon offer will almost assuredly come after further evaluation.
Keeping with the defensive tone, cornerback Arrion Springs(4-Star/San Antonio, TX) isn’t shy about calling Oregon his leader heading into 2014. “(The Ducks are) my favorite, that’s the school I really want to go to,” said Springs. “The coaches. I like the coaching staff and coach (John) Neal seems like a great coach to be around.” Emerging as one of the top corners in the nation, the 5’11”, 187 lb. Springs could be an early jewel in Oregon’s 2014 crown, stay tuned!
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Mark Flores, a Salem, OR resident, is a Firefighter/Paramedic and an avid Oregon Ducks supporter. A graduate of nearby Corban University with a Bachelors Degree in English-Journalism, Flores is a Ducks football season-ticket holder (since 2010) with plans of pursuing his masters degree at the U of O. A passionate and knowledgeable Ducks fan with a heavy interest in Oregon athletics and recruiting, Flores, a former lacrosse player, brings a wealth of knowledge of Oregon teams not readily covered by the media.
Flores has over seven years of professional 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.
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