Saturday’s “Salute the Day” spring game had more than on-field revelations as several recruits made their own headlines. Long time Oregon target Shane Lemieux (NR/Yakima, WA) verbally committed to Steve Greatwood & Co. after what was a fantastic weekend visit.
“I’ve always thought Oregon was my favorite,” said Lemieux. ”I sat down with the staff in the meeting room and I just made my feelings and intentions known. Coach Greatwood saw I had this smile on my face after he went through everything the program could offer and so I told him.”
The more than nimble Greatwood apparently hasn’t lost his lateral speed.
“(Coach) flew out of his chair, he was freaking out he was so excited.”
In the mold of current sophomore Cameron Hunt, Lemieux’s bigger, yet shifty 6-foot-6, 285 lb. frame should produce immediate dividends along the trenches and sets up Oregon’s latest addition for early playing time.
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Accompanying Lemieux on the Oregon sideline, top-ranked defensive lineman Jacob Daniel (4-Star/Fresno, CA/Rivals100) had a lot on his mind following his time spent with the Ducks.
“Oregon really impressed me and definitely made up ground,” said Daniel. ”The visit went great. They showed me the facilities, the campus and the academic center. My mom was really impressed too. Oregon got her check of approval if I decide that’s where I want to go.”
The 6-foot-5, 310 lb. giant was quick to notice a fellow Californian in junior Arik Armstead.
“I thought the Oregon defensive line looked really good. I liked watching Arik (Armstead), he’s a good player.”
A once strong lean to USC, Daniel now seems open to Oregon, and the potential pairing with Armstead could become a force in the trenches moving forward.
Defensive backs coach John Neal continues to raid the southeast, as recent up-and-coming athlete Donte Jackson (3-Star/Jefferson, LA) named Oregon as his top program choice.
“I like the style of play and I hear it’s a good family atmosphere up there,” said Jackson. ”Oregon actually offered on Friday. They told me they want me to play defensive back for them but also return kicks… (Oregon) is my top school.”
A stout 5-foot-11, 175 lbs., Jackson sees both sides of the ball but fits the mold of a shutdown corner in Neal’s system. Jackson could be in Eugene as early as this weekend and a strong visit would further solidify his status with Oregon.
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