Recruiting Update: Faster Than a Speeding Bullet

Football Recruiting


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.

“He is a tremendous athlete, built extremely well and absolutely rips the ball back to the punter.” – Via Chris Sailer Kicking.


(#32) ATH Budda Baker (4-Star/Bellevue, WA/Rivals100)

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(#32) ATH Budda Baker (4-Star/Bellevue, WA/Rivals100)

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.”

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Down the coast, tight end Bryce Dixon (4-Star/Ventura, CA) indicated that Oregon will be his first official visit later this fall after the Ducks extended an offer.

“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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Mark Flores

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. 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: @MarkDFlores