Football Recruiting Notes: QBs and 2016 Defensive Recruiting

Oregon meets Stanford at Autzen Stadium.

Football Recruiting


You’d have to be living under a rock to be unaware of the newest Oregon transfer. Quarterback Vernon Adams (Mission Hills, CA) not only is a challenger to start in 2015, but also might serve to catalyze the development of future quarterbacks in OC Scott Frost’s system. Incoming dual-threat Travis Waller is most likely in need of a redshirt year, as elements of his game need refining. Who better to shepherd him along then the already successful Adams, who has tasted success at the FBS level and made a name for himself in the process.

I knew if I went to Oregon and did the things I did at Eastern Washington, [that] I’d have a chance to win a national championship and maybe even a Heisman,” said Adams. “Oregon is a bigger stage and has all of the athletes a quarterback could want.”

I’m not going to hand the Autzen Stadium keys to Adams just yet. However, I know the Oregon brass and the 6’0, 200 lb. signal-caller have discussed the team’s requirements for taking the reigns of Lighting Yellow & Thunder Green next season.

Oregon’s push to improve an often overlooked linebacker corps is in full swing, if an offer to one of the class of 2016’s top defenders certainly represents. Southwest-based Dontavious Jackson (4-Star/Houston, TX/Rivals250) is the newest ‘backer to ping coach Eric Chinander’s radar.

They told me [that] they love how I play, and they like my film a lot,” said Jackson. “Coach Chinander is the one who offered [me], but I’ve talked to coach [Don] Pellum a few times before. He’s been by the school a couple of times, including last spring. When he came by a few weeks ago, he told me an offer would be coming soon.”

And with the offer came overtures from current Duck and fellow Texan Torrodney Prevot.

“I know Torrodney… and we’ve talked about Oregon. He said the coaches are going to coach you hard but they are teaching you the right way. He said there’s a lot of [opportunity] for me at linebacker. I like the defense. I like how it plays fast and flies to the ball.”

At 6-foot-2, 238 lbs., Jackson is the type of physical presence Oregon needs in the middle. Look for Chinander & Co. to make a strong push to get Jackson on campus earlier rather than later. WTD!!!

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Mark Flores

Mark Flores

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