While much of this week’s attention focuses on Oregon’s latest grab at receiver Devon Allen (4-Star/Phoenix, AZ/Rivals250), and quarterback Juwaan Williams (3-Star/Tucker, GA), little known hybrid Elijah George (2-Star/Las Vegas, NV) committed to the Ducks after taking an official visit last weekend (Read a detailed analysis of Allen here). “Coach (Steve) Greatwood said he loves my potential and my size,” said George. “He thinks I have one of the highest ceilings to develop of anyone.” While only 6’5″, 260 lbs., George had no qualms leading his prep squad in blocking, a team that averaged 300+ yards/per game on the ground.
But lets not forget Williams. Tipping the measurements at 6’0, 181 lbs., Williams is a deceptively fast runner who has an arm to boot. “They see me as not just a great player on field, but as a wonderful person off the field and a terrific student in the classroom,” said Williams. “I would say that was the deciding factor in my whole decision.”
Also in Eugene over the two-day respite, quarterback/athlete Damion Hobbs (3-Star/Cedar Hill, TX), linebacker Torrodney Prevot (4-Star/Houston, TX/Rivals250), and running back Trevorris Johnson (3-Star/Houston, TX). All three Texas-based preps are committed elsewhere but if the weekend’s events are an indication, thoughts may swing in Oregon’s favor. “The Oregon trip was real nice,” said the 6’3″, 220 lb. Hobbs. “I really liked the coaching staff and the business school.” His sentiments were echoed by Johnson, a 5’11, 210 lb. bruiser, who flashed a normally reserved smile. “I liked it a lot and I liked the facilities and the coaches… I’m definitely considering (Oregon).” Hobbs received a scholarship offer while on campus and has the potential to get his Quack on following a conversation with his family. “… They want me to play quarterback; I’m going to talk it over with my mom this week.”
With the aforementioned Allen, Williams, and George commitments, Oregon’s total climbs to 16 with nine frames left until signing day. A last minute visitor sometime during this week, 6’2″, 210 lb. linebacker Keishawn Bierria (3-Star/Harbor City, CA) will journey north to take a look at what mid-defender corps headman Don Pellum and Oregon have to offer. Bierria has made no secret about his desire to garner a Ducks offer and could commit before the week is out, stay tuned!
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For Football Season: FishDuck Back to Seven Days a Week!
I had to shut down the daily articles on July 20th because I could no longer work the extra 3 to 12 hours per week of certain managerial/editorial duties. (beyond the usual ones with FishDuck)
I’ve had a blast writing without those duties, and now, due to a new agreement with the writers, I can announce that we will have articles seven days a week again. I wish to thank the writers publicly for their graciousness in coming to a solution, as now I still do not have do those extra duties with our agreement, and meanwhile the writers are back having fun creating articles as I am.
Everybody is happy! So below is the new schedule through football season:
Monday: Mr. FishDuck
Tuesday: Darren Perkins
Wednesday: Joshua Whitted & Mr. FishDuck
Thursday: Coach Eric Boles & Alex Heining
Friday: David Marsh
Saturday: Mr. FishDuck (GameDay Baby!)
Sunday: Jordan Ingram
A couple of writers could not join us as they have new projects in their lives, and cannot write for anyone at the moment–but perhaps we will see them back later.
Things rarely work out so well for all parties in agreements, but this time it has and truly….everyone wins!
Our 33 rules at FishDuck can be summarized to this: 1) be polite and respectful, 2) keep it clean, and 3) no reference of any kind to politics. Easy-peasy!
FishDuck members….we got your back. No Trolls Allowed!