Special teams are far from the most glamorous positions on the gridiron, however, within Oregon’s system, every slot of the depth chart is of equal importance.
Heading into 2013, the Ducks wasted no time in securing senior long snapper Drew Howell’s replacement in that of Tanner Carew (2-Star/La Verne, CA), a venerable athlete and the No. 1-ranked prep long snapper in the nation.
The Oregon faithful need not sleep on the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Carew as his well-documented versatility has garnered praise from the camp circuit. Don’t be surprised if Carew ends up lining up in various places as Oregon is no stranger to utilizing players wherever they fit in.
Rapidly gaining fire as one of the country’s top prospects, jack-of-all-trades Budda Baker (4-Star/Bellevue, WA/Rivals100) named Oregon as his top program of choice.
“Oregon is pretty much the top school right now,” said Baker. “That last trip put them over the top.”
Baker was a top performer at the recent Eugene Nike Football Training Camp and made an impression on all those in attendance. While he was busy making waves, the Oregon brass pulled out all the stops to make their own impression on the 5-10, 175-pounder.
“The tour was great,” said Baker. “I saw the facilities and met most of the coaches. I saw the new football building and it was crazy, I’ve never seen anything like it. I don’t want to say too much, but the lockers were insane. They were unreal.”
“That is definitely a big offer for me,” said Dixon. “We run the same type of offense as they do so I think it would be a good fit for me. If you go to Oregon you are guaranteed to win a big bowl game in four years. I know they also have several tight ends in the NFL right now too.”
A 6-4, 230-pound force, Dixon has excellent hands and runs well after the catch, making him an ideal target in Oregon’s face paced offensive attack. Stay tuned for Dixon’s official visit on the weekend of Oct. 19.
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