Recruiting Update: 6’8 Goliath Heading to Eugene on a Visit

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Life along the recruiting trail is beginning to reach a fevered pitch as signing day draws near.  Oregon’s 2014 class has seen some rocky moments over the last week but nonetheless figures to be one of the best in the country when all is said and done. Along with some familiar targets, the Ducks recently made moves on two new names that have potential to be late-cycle grabs if all goes according to plan.

Two sport big-man Jalen Canty (3-Star/Vallejo, CA) picked up an Oregon offer over the weekend and indicated he will be in Eugene on January 31st to give the Ducks a hard look.  Standing 6-foot-8, 270 lbs., Canty does his work on the edge as a defensive end and is capable of dropping back into coverage when needed.

When not putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks, Canty is a force to be reckoned with down low on the hardwood and could potentially play both sports at the collegiate level.  Oregon’s willingness to allow athletes to spend time with multiple sports could be a huge selling point for Canty as he considers his final program list.

To view Canty football highlights, please click here.

Oregon’s reach into the deep south has become evident over the last few years and could yet again produce favorable results.  Current Duck defensive back Juwaan Williams‘ prep teammate, Kirk Tucker (3-Star/Tucker, GA) recently opened his recruitment and made contact with Oregon.

Coach John Neal reached out to me a few days ago,” said Tucker. “. . . I am interested in the Ducks.”

Tucker, at 6-foot-1, 183 lbs., fits the mold of Oregon’s secondary and could fill the role of a rover tasked with taking opposing offenses out of their passing game rhythm.

The Ducks still maintain hope for the top athlete on the west coast and could potentially land some official air time with Adoree’ Jackson (5-Star/Gardena, CA/Rivals100).  The 5-foot-10, 172 lb. prep has consistently been called the “next” De’Anthony Thomas and while he remains uncommitted, continues to mention Oregon in conversation regarding his final destination, so stay tuned!

For up to the minute recruiting news, please visit our friends at DUCK TERRITORY, who graciously provide FISHDUCK with in-depth analysis and player-generated material.  Look for my latest recruiting update every Wednesday. WTD!!!

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Mark Flores

Mark Flores

Mark Flores, a Salem, OR resident, is a Firefighter/EMT who is currently attending Paramedic School. A graduate of nearby Corban University with a Bachelors Degree in English-Journalism, Flores is an Oregon 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