Recruiting Update: Oregon Banking on Three Bills

Football Recruiting


For Oregon, the recruiting stakes placed on this past weekend couldn’t have been much higher.  The Ducks hosted a slew of visitors over the past few days, some of which are absolute necessities in the long-term plan in Eugene.

One of Oregon’s biggest targets, defensive lineman Trey Lealaimatafao (3-Star/San Antonio, TX) finally made his way north after weeks of speculation regarding his direction.

It was really cool up (in Oregon),” said Lealaimatafao.  ”I got to hang out with Bralon Addison and Chance Allen the whole time.  We mostly just sat at the apartments and hung out.  Being around the players was fun, and the facilities are obviously really nice.”

The 6-foot-2, 301 lb. Lealaimatafao has been one of the hottest commodities nationwide since he decommitted from home-state school Texas and is now poised to take his talents to Autzen Stadium.  Defensive line coach Ron Aiken is scheduled to make an in-home visit later this week to follow up with the Lealimatafao family and get a sense of where the three-star prep sits before signing day.

Also in town for an official visit, safety Khalil Oliver (3-Star/Meridian, ID) appreciated the often overlooked aspects of what Oregon has to offer.

“It was great, I love the city of Eugene,” said Oliver.  ”It reminded me a lot . . . of Meridian.”

The hard-hitting 6-foot, 185 lb. safety also found himself equally in awe of the Ducks emphasis on academics in addition to nationally acclaimed athletic prowess.

“I was really impressed with the Jaqua Academic Center.  That is the one thing that really impressed me.  Academics are very important to me and (Oregon) talked a lot about them.”

Oliver, who is currently sitting on offer from defensive backs coach John Neal, will announce his decision as late as signing day.

To view Oliver highlights, please click here.


Junior college trench behemoth Rika Levi (3-Star/San Mateo, CA) may be committed elsewhere, but recently indicated he will visit Oregon after an offer was extended.

“. . . It is in my best interest to give Oregon a chance to show me what they have to offer,” said Levi.  ”. . . I would still weigh out all my options.”

Levi is nothing short of a monster on the line.  Standing 6-foot-2 and tipping the scales at 350 lbs., he has the type of body that can go toe-to-toe with the top defensive personnel in the country and could be one of the most underrated sleepers in the class of 2014.

To view Levi highlights, please click here.

Levi is expected to be in Eugene this weekend for what could be a class-changing pickup if all goes according to plan for Lightning Yellow and Thunder Green, so stay tuned!

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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

  • WashingtonDCduck

    MARK — great notes. These recruiting updates are fantastic. Keep the good work up. Certainly things are heating up as we approach signing day. I’ve been thinking how underplayed the loss of Oregon’s girth on the D-Line from ’13 will be felt. A team like Michigan St or Stanford would just absolutely gut Oregon’s interior defense in my opinion with it’s current roster. They need some more muscle. A guy like Rika Liva would be class changing for sure. Fingers crossed.

  • hokieduck

    What about Charles Nelson visiting AND COMMITTING this past weekend, Mark? Good heavens, he looks tremendous, cut from the mold of a DeAnthony Thomas (although DAT is otherworldly). Out of Florida with offers from UF, ND and USC (and 14 odd other programs). He is ranked only as a 3 star largely because he tore his ACL his junior season, but he bounced back for his senior year and was prodigious.

    Huge get for Oregon!

  • LADuck

    Mark, maybe you have insight into these recruiting numbers;

    How do SEC teams load up with almost twice as many scholarship offers than PAC-12 teams? And can you explain what exactly happens when a student athlete is grey-shirted?

    For Ducks that are in a panic about the depth of our D-line rolling into 2014, check out Ohio State’s recruiting class. Not a single pure D-lineman. Must be slim pickens this recruiting class. Of course they have 3 four and five star linebackers!

    Go Ducks!

    • Guest

      I don’t know much about Ohio State’s roster but perhaps they have a bunch of talented underclassmen on the defensive line? You have to look at a team’s existing roster, when determining recruiting needs. The Ducks just lost a lot of beef on the d-line and the coaches appear to be scrambling (at least from the outside) at the last minute. Just watch the re-watch the Stanford game the past 2 years to see how important a d-line is.

      GO DUCKS!!!

  • Mark Gilbert

    I have become a firm believer that these star rankings or what have you us just alot of hype for certain players… remember a QB by the name of Mr Marcus Mariota who was only a 2 star and now I can bet most of all the so called big named colleges would make offers and beg to have him come in and play at their schools,, Im glad that Oregon recruiting doesnt just concentrate on high star athletes,, sure its nice to up in the top of the national recruiting but Oregon has a way of finding these kids that may not get the national media but by the time they have been at Oregon for a year or two have shown most of the nation that they blew it and were the so called diamonds in the rough…. Go Oregon and lets get a DT or two before we are done this year,,I think they will find some before its said and done…by the way winning is the best advertisement to get the players that we need to continue to grow and improve and strive towards the elusive NC,,, soon Ducks soon