On the heels of what was Oregon’s second biggest win in school history (next Monday…), the Ducks received a verbal commitment from standout junior college jack-of-all-trades Paris Bostick (NR/Tampa, FL). The former Georgia Bulldog opted to transfer after his recruited position, rover, was no longer a sole option after a coaching change.
“It was a football decision,” said Bostick. “I had good grades, I never got in trouble. I was good with the coaches… (A) new coach came in and then I was stuck between rover and linebacker. I just got caught up and it was too tough bouncing between two spots.”
While at Santa Monica College out west, Bostick’s reputation quickly found its way north and tripped the radar of Oregon defensive coordinator Don Pellum.
“DP came to see me in Santa Monica and it seemed right. I’ll be up there on the January 22nd for my visit. They are doing something right. They are playing for the national title. I just like the vibe I get when I see them, see the energy. They are humble. They work hard. It’s a place I want to be personally and as a player.”
The 6-foot-1, 218 lb. backer is somewhat of an unknown as his athleticism may dictate an elongated period of time before settling in Pellum’s defensive schemes.
“I think he’ll end up at WILL linebacker, but coach Pellum keeps things pretty close to the vest,” said Santa Monica College coach Gifford Lindheim. “… The thing with Paris is that he’s just an athlete. He played safety in high school… then moved to WILL after a coaching change. When he got out here he’s played everything.”
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Head coach Dana Altman got a huge boost in the low post with the signing of Israeli national Roman Sorkin (NR/Minsk, Belarus). The 6-foot-10 Euro-trotter will be eligible to suit up for the Ducks immediately and could add a very interesting wrinkle to Altman’s offensive attack.
At only 18, Sorkin is already a seasoned veteran on the international hardwood averaging 14.1 points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game for Israel at the 2014 U-18 European Championships.
“Roman already has a solid skill set from his international experience and still has a tremendous amount of potential for growth,” said Altman.
Top photo by Kevin Cline