Recruiting Update: Oregon Setting up Shop in Tornado Alley
Head coach Mark Helfrich hasn’t been bashful about looking for talent at the JUCO level. A long recruiting rapport with high-profile defensive end Ulric Jones (3-Star/El Dorado, KS) has paid off and the big man from the south is ever closer to donning Oregon colors.
“I talk to the Oregon coaches at least twice a week,” said Jones. “They told me the offer is coming and to keep doing what I’m doing. If Oregon offers, I’m probably going to go ahead and commit as soon as possible. Oregon is still my top choice.”
A top recruit as a prep, the 6-foot-6, 283 lb. Jones drifted into the junior college ranks where he appears to have gained potency off the edge.
“I play with a nasty streak.”
An impressive nose for the pigskin and the ability to corral ball carriers on the edge give Jones an inside track in defensive line coach Ron Aiken‘s system. Jones will no doubt be a Duck in the near future.
“I just want to experience something new … Oregon gives me the chance to play high-level football, too. I like how the coaches handle things and I love what I know about the program. I’m definitely taking an official there this fall to check them out, and hopefully I’ll have that offer.”
For Jones’ highlights, please click here.
Just two states to the south, wide receiver Jaelan Austin (3-Star/Grand Prairie, TX) also has the Ducks at the top of his list.
“Oregon has been a school I’ve always liked since I was eight years old. It was a dream come true when they offered and I can’t wait to get up there. Coach (Scott) Frost and coach (Matt) Lubick stay in touch with me every week.”
Austin’s ability to make opposing corners work in the passing lanes leads to big dividends when the lanky 6-foot-2, 190 lb. route-runner explodes into the open field after the catch. Not to be forgotten, Austin’s hands both in and out of traffic make him an ideal target in the Oregon passing game. Austin will take an official visit to Eugene on September 6th when the Ducks go toe-to-toe with Michigan State.
For Austin’s Highlights, please click here.
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Main photo by Kevin Cline