During the active season, Oregon coaches, especially running backs headman Gary Campbell, are notoriously selective as to what preps receive in-home visits. One such player, tailback Tony James (4-Star/Gainsville, FL/Rivals250), had firsthand attention from Campbell as the tenured backfield coach attended James’ high school matchup last week.
“I’m excited to have coach (Gary) Campbell down here and hopefully I can show well for him,” said James.
And that he did, racking up 6.29 yards per carry in Gainesville’s 34-14 win over Lake Weir. The week before, James ran his way into the conference record books, breaking off a 93-yard touchdown run in a tightly contested win on the road.
Despite being almost a country’s distance away, James maintains a high level of interest in the Ducks.
“I’ve watched every game this year,” said James. “They look awesome out there. The speed of all of the players and the tempo is just insane.”
The 5’10, 170-lb. James will be in Eugene this coming weekend for what promises to be a spectacular official visit, stay tuned!
To view James’ highlights, please click here.
Like the aforementioned James, tabbed athlete Myles Autry (4-Star/Norcross, GA) is far from the Oregon campus but nonetheless could end up quacking when all is said and done.
“Oregon is a great looking place with great uniforms. (Offensive coordinator) Scott Frost was by this week and said he really wants me there,” said Autry. “He said I fit the offense really well and they think I could be like De’Anthony Thomas.”
Almost a mirror image of DAT, Autry, at 5’9, 175 lbs. is a home-run threat every time he touches the ball and could easily find a role in the Oregon Blur. Autry plans on taking an official visit to Oregon sometime after his prep season concludes.
“Oregon is the school for me, that’s my dream offer right there,” said Knight.
Special teams/tight ends coach Tom Osborne was on-hand to watch Knight put on an all-around display of athleticism this past Thursday and was pleased with what he saw.
“(Coach Osborne) said he likes me but wants to go through the (recruiting process),” said Knight. “They are talking to me a lot and I know they are really interested in me.”
In regards to his prep offense, Knight notices similarities when watching Oregon’s schemes.
“We run a pretty fast-paced, no-huddle offense and I know I could play that system in college, too. I play some H-Back too. Coaches love my size (6’4, 225 lbs.) and ability, but they love that I can not only run but block as well. I’m also pretty good at linebacker, so they love my versatility.”
Expect a continued interest from Eugene that could very well translate to an offer if Knight continues to perform well during his senior season.
To view Knight’s highlights, please click here.
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