Recruiting Update: Linebackers on the Rise

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A freshly decommitted prep, Langi Tuifua (3-Star/South Jordan, Utah), is one of the most sought after recruits in the 2017 class. Almost immediately after reopening his commitment, the 6’3, 205 lb. linebacker found Oregon at his doorstep.

“The coaches were surprisingly not what I thought they were going to be,” said Tuifua. “They were so much more down to earth and easy to talk to.”

A visitor to this past weekend’s spring game, Tuifua got his first taste for what it means to be a Duck.

He said, “The facilities were obviously incredible. They just have really good support from their fans and it was really surprising how many people showed up for the spring game.”

A nimble but hard-hitting second-level defender, Tuifau’s prowess as a run-stopper is equally as impressive as his coverage skills. Following his visit and time spent with Oregon’s linebacker corp, Tuifau has a new leader to land his signature.

Tuifau happily stated that, “Oregon is definitely on top right now after that visit. That was the offer I wanted and I really like Oregon. I don’t think I’m going to rush into a new decision, but Oregon is my No. 1. I’ve always loved Oregon, but after this visit that definitely puts them on top.”

To view Tuifau highlights, please click here.

After an unofficial visit this past April, fellow linebacker Amandre Williams (3-Star/Covington, Wash.) finally received an Oregon offer.

“The Oregon offer is big, it means a lot,” said Williams. “Obviously that offer puts them towards the top of the list,” said Williams. “They are a national contender every year and one of the winningest programs in college football right now.”

A two-way star, Williams will shed his quarterback duties and head to the middle of the defense once at the collegiate level.

“The coaches told me they like to play inside linebacker for them,” said Williams. “I spent a lot of my time talking to coach [Don] Pellum and he was talking about a lot of non-football stuff for a while.”

Pellum will do well to add the 6’3, 233 lb. Williams to his defense – an obvious position of need following this current campaign, so stay tuned!

To view Williams highlights, please click here.

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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