Oregon Extends Offer to Top 100 Linebacker

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Hot off an appearance in the first-ever College Football Playoff National ChampionshipMark Helfrich and staff have not wasted anytime in building the Ducks’ already outstanding recruiting class. Earlier today, 247sports.com reported that Oregon has extended an offer to Top 100 linebacker Josh Smith.

Smith is considered by many to be one of the best linebacker recruits in the country this year. The 6’3, 230-pound linebacker from Murfreesboro, TN, has verbally committed to Vanderbilt, but has yet to enroll in classes, meaning he can still field other offers in the time leading up to National Signing Day on Wednesday, February 4. Smith is a big body linebacker, someone the Ducks could really use. He might be pretty big already, but Smith has the room to add on more weight to his frame. The Ducks have been known to go after tall, athletic guys on defense, and Smith certainly fits that mold.

With an already stacked list of recruits on defense, including 5-star Hawaiian monster Canton Kaumatule, landing Smith would be huge for the Ducks moving forward. So many people are focused on the offense, and what it will look like next year without Marcus Mariota. On the other side of the ball, the defense is losing Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Tony Washington, Derrick Malone, Troy Hill and Arik Armstead, just to name a few. Landing a big-time commit such as Smith would help secure the Ducks’ defense for years to come.

Stay tuned to FishDuck.com for all football-related news, as we are just over two weeks away from National Signing Day.

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Jason Selby

Jason Selby

Jason is a Junior at the University of Oregon, currently double majoring in Public Relations and Political Science. Jason has been an avid sports fan for his entire life, growing up playing Football, Basketball, and Baseball. Over the last year, Jason has found his love for sports reporting, and enjoys creating pieces that use his love and knowledge for sports to portray his message. In his spare time, Jason enjoys obsessing over Ducks sports, Scuba Diving around the world, and listening to music. Tweet at Jason…. @1seltank. He loves talking sports with other avid sports fans.

  • Dan

    Josh Smith would be my #1 target, as we head down the stretch towards national signing day.

    Our coaches have done a good job of finding some promising defensive line commitments but our linebackers were the glaring weakness in the national championship game. Time to get bigger and more athletic at that position and it starts with recruiting, and hopefully signing Josh Smith.

    GO DUCKS!!!

    • Jason Selby

      I agree. Bringing in a guy like Josh Smith, and pairing him with Canton Kaumatule and Rex Manu for the next 4 years is a prospect that I really like and welcome. We definitely need to pursue Smith very hard. In my opinion, we have two great linebackers next year in Joe Walker and Danny Mattingly, but we need to find some young guys to come in and get experience so when those guys leave, we still have talent to rely on. Thank you so much for the read.

  • hokieduck

    I still mourn not getting Tevis Bartlett … :(

    • Jason Selby

      Yeah I do too, but you can’t always get what you want. I do like the effort that the coaches are making on the recruiting side, and while losing Marcus Mariota is huge, our offense has a ton of weapons next year. We really needed to focus on beefing up the Defense. Thanks so much for the read