Ducks Land First Five Star

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Oregon’s 2015 recruiting class just got its first five-star recruit, according to ESPN and Scout.com, and it didn’t even take a flipped prospect or a new commitment. Punahou School Defensive End and Oregon verbal commit Canton Kaumatule picked up his fifth star last Wednesday, making him officially the best prospect in the Ducks’ current class. Kaumatule’s physical tools were impossible to argue (the kid is listed at 6’6, 280 lbs), and it’s probable that his relatively long history of injuries is what had kept his status somewhat below blue-chip.

The Honolulu native tore a labrum before the 2013 season, played through it and a pulled hamstring later in the year, and was rewarded with a minor patellar tear in the playoffs. He has showed a consistency and poise in his senior campaign, however, which pushed him over the top of the four-star pool and into the top fifth of ESPN’s Top 100. Throughout his career, injured or not, Kaumatule showcased an extraordinary work ethic to go along with his excellent hands and quick feet, and analysts believe he will only continue to improve as the kid grows into his already man-sized frame.

Another recruit from Honolulu?  Who could that be...

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Another recruit from Honolulu? Who could that be?

As a team, Oregon has often been remarkably low on the recruiting ladder, considering the program’s success, and that trend appeared to be continuing this year. But the team has begun cultivating some respect in important regions. At least one other notable Duck, now sadly grown and flying away to the draft, made his high school name in Honolulu. Landing Kaumatule originally, though, was a two-fold victory, the Ducks brought another No. 1 Hawaiian recruit into the fold, and they took a very good prospect away from Canton’s original school of choice, his brother Luke Kaumatule’s alma mater: Stanford.

And he isn’t the first. Three of Oregon’s seven four-star prospects come from California, a talent-rich and hotly contested recruiting area in the backyard of both the storied USC Trojans and a powerful Stanford program with the advantage of an academic tradition that rivals the Ivy League.

The Ducks may not have brought home the College Football Playoff National Championship title this year, but it’s only the first one. We are beginning to reel in more and more raw talent, and if the system can produce the kind of results we’ve seen this year from what we’ve got, the program may have something in common with Canton Kaumatule already: our best days are yet to come.

Top Photo by Kevin Cline

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David Koh

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David Koh (Editor and Writer) is a lifelong sports fan and football nerd. An alumnus of North Carolina State University, where he studied English, and ex-marching band geek, David loves to write as much as he loves learn, and is constantly analyzing the game within the game on the gridiron. He is currently pursuing a career in sports writing, and hopes to one day make a living watching football.

  • worldwidewebfoot

    Excellent news. Those of us that watched Nick Fairley of Auburn know what it looks like when a great defensive lineman is in action. It would be wonderful to have such a talent wearing the green and yellow.

    • David Koh

      I totally agree! This guy looks more like a Jadeveon Clowney minus the taking plays off, to me, but regardless it will be great to have a big, physical presence on the D-line.

  • RossOpp

    The Ducks have always been able to put points up on the board in the past and I’m sure it will be the same in the future but putting together a defense thats nasty and mean is what the Ducks need. I think this was a great pick up for the Ducks on DEFENSE. Let’s get some video of Hall of Famer defensive end, Lawrence Taylor in this young man’s hands early….I’m not kidding about that either.What does every great defense have in common? They strike FEAR into any offense.