At Nike’s recent The Opening showcase, rising offensive lineman and new Oregon commit Alex Redmond (3-Star/Los Alamitos, CA) accomplished what few have: block vaunted defensive force and Opening MVP Eddie Vanderdoes (4-Star/Placer, CA/Rivals100).
According to various onlookers, the 6’5, 300 lb. Redmond not only stuffed the highly-publicized defensive end, but blocked him so violently that the equally-large Vanderdoes (6’4, 285 lbs.) sustained a camp-ending shoulder injury. Fellow Duck Faithful, I cannot stress the importance of this recent development enough.
While flying relatively under the radar, Redmond’s dominance over the nation’s top defensive recruit is only the beginning. A new era of Oregon O-Line dominance is coming to Eugene. Stay tuned for upcoming FISHDUCK material on this subject, you’re not going to want to miss this!
Other Oregon-bound Opening participants included running back Dontre Wilson (4-Star/DeSoto, TX) and wide receiver Darren Carrington (3-Star/San Diego, CA). While having previously drawn De’Anthony Thomas comparisons by this writer and others, Wilson all but confirmed his status as a super-prep with well-executed cuts in space and breakaway touchdown runs. Simply put, he’s the real deal.
In minor contrast, Carrington may have experienced the nerves of being amongst equally-talented route runners. A few dropped passes made for some frustration, but his speed and ability to create plays are nonetheless redeeming. Rest assured, Carrington’s raw ability will be molded to fit the ever-evolving shape of Oregon’s offense.
In the midst of out-of-state talent, local product Johnny Ragin (3-Star/Wilsonville, OR) continued his quest to land a Ducks offer. “Oregon has picked up their interest… I’ve been talking to Coach (Don) Pellum and they just want to evaluate me a little more.” While relatively unknown, Ragin’s consistent play at linebacker and performance in Opening isolation tests make a Ducks offer all but certain in the coming months.
Continuing efforts to bolster perimeter speed came in the form of an offer to wide-out John Ross (4-Star/Long Beach, CA). “I was really surprised about the Oregon offer,” said Ross. “That’s a big offer.” At 5’9, 170 lbs. Ross is a speedster with fuel to burn. If he opts to dawn Lightning Yellow and Thunder Green, Ross may move around on the field before settling in a defined role.
(Ross Highlights Unavailable)
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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.
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