In an offense that is predicated on speed, Oregon’s recent additions of interior brawn have only continued to bolster the relentless up-tempo “Blur.” Offensive line coach Steve Greatwood is ensuring future trench battles go the Ducks way with an offer extension to Tyrell Crosby(NR/Henderson, NV). Standing 6’4″ and carrying a playing weight of 298 lbs., Crosby’s size, coupled with raw athleticism, makes him an ideal candidate for Greatwood’s mobile line schemes. “Oregon is still on top (in my recruitment), they are in front right now,” said Crosby. “They also offer a good education and a great offense. I’m really close to coach (Steve) Greatwood and he tells me he loves my footwork and my character. I know they are serious about me.” A lineman who possesses NFL type size at a young age, Oregon’s early scrutiny of Crosby’s skills seems to be paying off.
Touted safety Mattrell McGraw(3-Star/River Ridge, LA) has no shortage of interest in the Ducks. The 6’0″, 183 lb. secondary defender will journey from the southwest to Eugene in an effort to get a in-depth read on what head coach Mark Helfrich & Co. have to offer. “I’m going to Oregon on April 18 with my mom for a couple of days,” said McGraw. “I really want to see Eugene and meet the coaches and just see the town.” A shifty prep with speed to burn, McGraw’s ball hawking prowess will only increase as he progresses into his final prep season. McGraw added a final tidbit that should make We, The Duck Faithful ever hopeful. “I would definitely say if the trip goes well Oregon will be on top. That’s the school I want to see, they could be the team to beat if all goes well up there,” said McGraw.
Tabbed athlete Budda Baker(4-Star/Bellevue, WA/Rivals100) is rapidly gaining attention as one of the nation’s most versatile preps. “Oregon is definitely up there for me,” said Baker. “It’s a real nice school and I know they are going to be okay with the new coaches… I’m excited to see them this spring.” A 5’11”, 178 lb. jack-of-all-trades, Baker moonlights as a defensive back when he isn’t slashing his way to pay dirt on offense. “I know (my prep team is) going to use me a lot more at running back this year. I was doing kick return duties before and playing safety which I’ll play again this year,” said Baker. “I just need to work on my game and keep getting better.” Baker will be an expected visitor in Eugene sometime during the spring season.
Although still in the early stages of the historically long Oregon recruiting cycle, quarterback Brandon Harris(3-Star/Bossier City, LA) is keeping his eye on the Ducks. “Oregon has some of the best athletes… has great uniforms, great program, (and a) great offense,” said Harris. “They’re interested in me because the offense that we run here at Parkway is the same as they run there; we try to snap the ball real quick.” While a bit light at 186 lbs., Harris’ 6’3” frame affords him the ability to see the field and unleash towering deep balls to open receivers. Oregon will evaluate Harris later this spring in an effort to gauge the dual-threat’s ability and interest level, 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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