Recruiting Update: Oregon Tripping Air-Raid Sirens

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Oregon’s push into the summer camp cycle is gaining momentum as one of the west coast’s top linebackers, Cameron Smith (4-Star/Granite Bay, CA) is slated to visit over Memorial Day weekend.  The 6-foot-2, 240 lb. “Mike” defender is said to be interested in the Ducks after an offer was extended March 3.

Oregon’s no stranger to prying recruits away from USC, who is believed to be Oregon’s biggest competition for Smith’s skill set.  Defensive coordinator Don Pellum’s push for a successful first campaign at his new post is as much about next year’s recruiting class as this coming season’s on-field performance.  A name like Smith would be a huge get for Pellum & Co. and may finally create a stable, yet often heard from pipeline in Southern California.

Oregon may be set for years to come in the backfield, but that hasn’t slowed running backs coach Gary Campbell from looking to gather more riches.  Vaunted speedster Micah Abernathy (3-Star/Norcross, GA) claims an Oregon offer as of last week and will instantly remind We, The Oregon Faithful, of Duck legend LaMicheal James.  However, there’s another side to the coin with Abernathy.  The 6-foot-1, 181 lb. prep is also a shutdown corner who does nothing short of incessantly harass the opposing offense’s number one receiver.

Oregon’s haul from the south has already garnered the nation’s top all-purpose back in Taj Griffin (4-Star/Powder Springs, GA/Rivals100) … what’s next for the Ducks? Stay tuned!

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Mark Flores

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

  • hokieduck

    6’1″/181# does not remind me of LMJ. If he has the jump cut that LaMike had on that frame, look out!