Oregon addressed a position of concern when newly offered linebacker Joe Walker (2-Star/Wilmington, CA) chose to pledge his commitment to head coach Chip Kelly & Co. Walker, a 6-3, 230 lb. west coast junior college standout, is Oregon’s second commit in the 2013 linebacker corps. “I just thought the coaches were honest. I like the players, and the facilities were all nice,” said Walker. “I’m pumped to be committed to Oregon.” Along with fellow second level defender Tyrell Robinson (4-Star/San Diego, CA/Rivals250), Walker’s commitment breathes new life into Coach Don Pellum’s depth chart. “They want me to play inside …which is what I play now …They love my effort and my work ethic.”
A nationally known prep with a longstanding connection to Oregon, lineman Jaynard Bostwick’s (4-Star/Port St. Lucie, FL) interest in the Ducks may be ripening at the 11th hour. Known for its methodical yet time-consuming recruiting process, Oregon finally extended an offer to the 6’4″, 291 lb. defensive force, who might be sighted in Eugene as early as next month.
Just to the north, the aforementioned Pellum offered “committed-elsewhere” linebacker Myles Jack (4-Star/Bellevue, WA/Rivals250). Up until this point, Jack had been keeping Oregon at arm’s reach; but with a Green and Yellow offer now on the table, expect the 6’2″, 215 lb. defender to visit in the near future.
Not to be overshadowed, Oregon upped their offer list on the offensive line with extended bids to Cameron Hunt (4-Star/Corona, CA) and 2014 class member Kaleb McGary (4-Star/Vancouver, WA). While currently headed down the coast, Hunt’s program decision could sway with a visit to Oregon and Coach Steve Greatwood’s approach to rapidly evolving the prototypical lineman. Still a year away from collegiate ball, McGary’s 6’9″, 270 lb. frame is nothing to take lightly and has the potential to be a jewel in the Duck’s 2014 class.
Some late rumblings have emerged from Oregon’s off week following the Civil War. In a development that may carry the scent of a pending transfer, Offensive Coordinator Mark Helfrich paid a visit to JUCO Quarterback Tanner McEvoy (3-Star/Oradell, NJ). Still not holding an offer, McEvoy is a solid dual-threat signal caller who totaled 46 combined touchdowns during his final prep season — stay tuned!
Freshly decommitted from “over-Notre-rated,” linebacker Danny Mattingly (3-Star/Spokane, WA) will visit Oregon this upcoming weekend. A 6’4″, 215 lb. athlete with the potential to play multiple positions, Mattingly would only add to what is shaping up to be a versatile 2013 class.
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Mark Flores, a Salem, OR resident, is a Firefighter/Paramedic and an avid Oregon Ducks fan. Prior to the fire service, Flores, a graduate of nearby Corban University, spent over seven years in professional journalism including a stint at the Statesman Journal in Salem and held the position of Sports Editor for the Hilltop News (Corban). A career transition however never dampened his love of writing and FishDuck is now his source to share his love of Mighty Oregon. Flores brings detailed knowledge of Oregon recruiting to the FishDuck team and welcomes your feedback.
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