The latter half of June saw Oregon pick up commitments from several preps: tight end Johnny Mundt (3-Star/Modesto, CA) as well as wide receivers Darren Carrington (3-Star/San Diego, CA) and Chris Seisay (3-Star/American Canyon, CA).
With a foundation of future skill position players esyablished, the Ducks added blocking power and special teams prowess in newly committed high school stars, lineman Alex Redmond (3-Star/Los Alamitos, CA) and kicker Matt Wogan (NR/Indian Trail, NC).
Redmond, a 6’5, 300 lb. guard, was somewhat of a sleeper heading into the summer, but nonetheless caught fire and garnered an invite to Nike’s “The Opening” later this week. On the subject of his program choice, Redmond sheds his normally reserved demeanor. “Oregon is the best fit for me,” said Redmond. “I prayed about it and it just made sense to me. I loved the feel and attention to detail.“
A lineman that tips the scales around 300 lbs. is nothing to joke about. One who is that heavy and possesses athleticism to boot is just plain intimidating. With his commitment, Redmond may usher in a new era of Duck lineman that match “southern conferences who shall not be named” pound-for-pound.
Like his new teammate, kicker/punter Wogan made no secret about his exhilaration after committing to Oregon. “It feels absolutely great knowing I’m going to play for the Ducks,” said Wogan. “I love the people, the academics and the coaches… In the end, it was very easy decision for me.” While he’ll maintain a scholarship as a kicker, Wogan is already gearing up to learn from newly acquired Duck punter Dylan Ausherman. “I’m excited to come in and learn (from him; he) was one of the top (JC) punters last year…Oregon is the place for me.”
Wogan’s 64 yard/kickoff average while at the prep level is no fluke. Throw in a 77% touchback mark and current Duck Ausherman’s punting leg, and Oregon just compiled the next great duo of Oregon special teams stars.
In a move to secure future running lane supremacy, the Ducks extended an offer to offensive lineman Thomas Oser (3-Star/Studio City, CA). The chance to suit up for Oregon came after Oser impressed at a recent camp. “Oregon was great, the weather was perfect. I ran the 40 yard dash and killed it. I know that really set the tone since that was the first we did,” said Oser. “We also run a no-huddle offense at (my high school) and I’m very familiar with that style of offense.”
Oser is a prototypical Duck lineman at 6’4, 270 lbs. However, with the recent addition of the aforementioned Redmond, the future weight standard may increase for those who roam the Oregon trenches toting Lightning Yellow and Thunder Green. Nevertheless, Oser is a prime target, and there’s always bulk to be added come time spent with Oregon’s increasingly legendary strength and conditioning staff.
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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