With every passing recruiting cycle, Oregon seems to entrench a deeper foothold into once-untamable territory. Almost four days removed since linebacker Darrian Franklin (4-Star/Downey, CA/Rivals250) made his pledge to journey north to Eugene for his college career, the tone of Oregon’s rise in the minds of young west coast recruits is now undeniable; the Los Angeles area is now as much Thunder Green and Lightning Yellow as it is the feuding colors of burgundy and powder blue.
Franklin is the type of player with immediate impact capability. Hard hits and quick movements to the ball only scratch the surface as to his athletic promise.
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Shifting to the hardwood, we find shooting guard Charles O’Bannon (4-Star/Las Vegas, NV/Rivals150) received an unexpected surprise in the form of an offer from assistant coach Tony Stubblefield.
“I knew they were looking at me, but I hadn’t really had a lot of communication,” said O’Bannon. It was a big surprise, a good surprise you could say. I am very interested in Oregon.”
Standing an already-stout 6’5″, 185 lbs., O’Bannon is already versed in the finer points of wing-play, knocking down jumpers and getting teammates involved off-the-ball.
“I am also interested in Oregon because Johnny Loyd is a Bishop Gorman guy and he’s had big things there. Plus, I also like the way Dillon Brooks plays. I like his game.”
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Top photo by Kevin Cline