Recruiting Update: Oregon Ridin’ Roughshod in Southwest

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Former Defensive Coordinator Nick Aliotti’s final stand at the Alamo Bowl gave Southwest superbeast Trey Lealaimatafao (3-Star/San Antonio, TX) a reason to think through his options.  Lealaimatafao had been previously committed to Texas until this past November and recently named Oregon as the favorite to land his unique skill-set.

I really like the coaches at Oregon and they are only returning one defensive tackle,”  said Lealaimatafao.  ”Oregon is my top school right now and they said they will wait it out until the end for me.”

An imposing 6-foot, 301 lbs., Lealaimatafao has a quick first step and sheds blocks with ease.  Nimble for an interior lineman, the Southwest prep is a nightmare for opposing lineman as he keeps with the play until he wraps up and brings down the ball carrier.

Oregon sits in the driver’s seat and will undoubtedly pick up its second interior lineman commit in the closing moments of the 2014 recruiting cycle.  Lealaimatafao will visit Oregon this weekend in what promises to be the final push to get him to Eugene permanently.

While still a year away, the Ducks have sights set on landing one of, it not the top defensive tackle in 2015’s class.  Jacob Daniel (4-Star/Fresno, CA/Rivals100) had closed up shop on the recruiting trail in December when he committed to Washington but recently opted to open his search when the latest wave of coaching changes hit.

Defensive line coach Ron Aiken has maintained contact with the 6-foot-5, 300 lb. trench warrior and recently received word that Daniel will be in town for Oregon’s Spring Game on May 3rd.  In a huge step to get back in the running for Daniel, expect his unofficial visit to carry extra importance as Oregon has a way of making ground with even the smallest of chances.

It’s no secret that Oregon has been selective with offers extended to receivers.  In a class with several marquee standouts, the Ducks continue to look for a commitment from a wideout.  Top West Coast talent Stanley Norman (4-Star/Culver City, CA/Rivals100) recently expressed interest in Oregon and may play into the Ducks’ final recruiting frenzy.

(The Ducks) head coach (Mark Helfrich) and offensive coordinator (Scott Frost) came to my practice,” said Norman.  ”They asked me how I liked Oregon and I’m, like, it’s Oregon!  That would be big for my recruiting.  The way they play fits me – and their edginess.”

While it’s a late cycle move, expect Helfrich & Co. to push for Norman as both parties are moving up each other’s big boards.  Stay tuned!

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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

  • LADuck

    Thanks, Mark…Ducks must be looking at JUCO DTs right? Any insight about D-line players the Ducks might consider offering soon?

  • Guest

    Trey Lealaimatafao and Jacob Daniel would be HUGE gets for Oregon! I’ll keep my fingers crossed that we can land both of these trench warriors.

    Go Ducks!