Less than a week into the 2015 recruiting cycle, Oregon extended a slew of offers to preps both near and far in an effort to get out in front amongst the newly-cultivated recruiting landscape.
Local phenom and 2013 Oregon 6A state title-winning running back Cameron Scarlett (3-Star/Portland, OR) received his Ducks nod late last week and is drawing lofty praise from Eugene.
The 6-foot-1, 210 lb. jack-of-all-trades figures to make an immediate impact as a return man but will no doubt find himself on the edge as a possession receiver with speed to burn (4.5/40).
Scarlett plans to visit Oregon in an official capacity sometime during his senior year along with myriad unofficial treks taken during track season.
“Coach Scott Frost told me all Helfrich could say is ‘wow’,” said Newsome. “I am a little overwhelmed . . . I am excited about (the Oregon offer).”
In addition, the Ducks’ brass is not at all secretive as to who they see Newsome emulating once at the next level.
“(Oregon) compared me to Bralon (Addison), who I am really close to. They see me as a faster (version) . . . Oregon is a school that will be up there for me.”
Just an inch shorter (5-foot-9) and sitting at a comparable 171 lbs. with his childhood idol, Newsome has the speed the Ducks covet and may be one of the most agile preps to ever set foot on the Oregon campus.
The Ducks have made no bones about a heavy interest in the 2015 quarterback class. Over the weekend, the Ducks hosted dual-threat signal-caller Travis Waller (3-Star/Anaheim, CA) and may have already formed a significant recruitment foundation.
“The trip was really good,” said Waller. “I talked to Scott Frost for a while and he spent most of the day with me showing me the campus. He told me he thinks I’m a great fit for their program and I could help them continue their success.”
Oregon fans will instantly draw comparisons between Waller’s and Marcus Mariota’s ability to read defenses. In addition, the 6-foot-4, 185 lb. Waller’s speed mirrors the Heisman hopeful and is an obvious complement to his strong arm in the passing lanes.
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