Recruiting Update: Durant to Quack?

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Oregon’s thunderous 44-10 win over a hapless Colorado squad gave all in attendance something to remember. Among the onlookers, top-ranked JUCO linebacker Davon Durant (4-Star/El Dorado, KS) came away with a new twist in his recruitment.

The visit was everything I expected,” said Durant. “I knew there would be nice stuff but that isn’t why I went. Oregon has a great staff and it’s a very comfortable place. I know you don’t have to worry about coaches leaving and stuff like that. I got the same story from all of the players about the coaches.”

The 6-foot-2, 240 lb. second level defender went on to say that while he is a soft verbal to Arizona State, Oregon has now pulled even with our not-so-noisy southern neighbors.

“I’m done taking visits and I’m down to these two programs.”

A vaunted physical presence on defense, Durant is a ferocious tackler and would instantly bolster linebackers headman Erik Chinander’s group heading into next season.

“They have great fans at Oregon and I loved it there. The fans were live for four quarters strong. The coaches told me they have some guys coming back but I will have a chance to compete. I don’t want to go somewhere and be handed a starting spot. I know I’m going to have to earn it and I know if I play hard enough I’ll be the guy.”

To view Durant highlights, please click here.

Sharing Oregon’s sidelines with Durant, cornerback Octavius Spencer (3-Star/Monrovia, CA) named the Ducks his recruiting leader following the weekend.

Oregon is definitely the top school right now,” said Spencer. “That was a great visit. They have my two majors I’m considering, kinesiology and public relations, so that’s big for me. I loved the game atmosphere and the crowd was amazing. That was a lot of fun.”

At 5-foot-11, 175 lbs., Spencer’s upside is widely known among scouts and will no doubt find his way to Oregon when all is said and done.

“I just loved Eugene. I fell in love with the campus right away. I love the family feel with the staff and players. I loved how the coaches kept bringing me in and making me feel like a part of the team already.”

Stay tuned Duck fans, we went two for two this past weekend, WTD!!!

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Mark Flores

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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

  • dunkonyerhed

    With the PAC seeing more and more dual purpose QBs, tough, physical linebackers with speed are more important than ever. Oregon needs this kid and I have no doubt he would fit right in from the start.

  • dunkonyerhed

    Reminds me a lot of Shaq Thompson. He’s fast and physical and dominant. It sure would be great to see him in green and gold next year. GO DUCKS!