Oregon’s 59-10 thrashing of the Virginia Cavaliers of the ACC, solidified a No. 2 ranking amongst all three major polls and places the Ducks in the driver’s seat to play for it all, come January. Not to be overlooked in our triumph, Saturday, was the presence of several preps who took in the flash that is the Oregon Blur.
Up and coming “athlete,” Jaason Lewis (NR/Virginia Beach, VA), could play myriad positions at the next level, but after seeing De’Anthony Thomas carve up the opposing defense, wants contact with Oregon regarding a spot in the offensive backfield.
“Oregon is amazing,” said Lewis. “I would love to get in touch with them and I could see myself as a running back in that offense. I think I could be like LeGarrette Blount was a few years back. Oregon would definitely be up there if they offered.”
A 6’2, 233 lb. jack-of-all-trades, Lewis would most assuredly find a niche in Eugene due to a high level of athleticism and versatility. A strong senior season will only strengthen his chances to land an offer if both sides agree that he fits the Oregon mold.
Following an LOI release from another institution, defensive lineman Dimarya Mixon (3-Star/Mesquite, TX) has opened his recruitment, seeing the Ducks commands serious attention from the 6’3, 265 lb., man of the trenches.
“I’m really hoping Oregon gets in the picture,” said Mixon. “That’s somewhere I’d like to check out and get involved with.”
Despite a few off-field issues, Mixon’s gridiron talent is undeniable, as he makes short work of opposing blockers to get to the quarterback. While in the 11th hour of his second recruitment period, don’t be surprised if Oregon entertains the idea of expanding contact and scheduling a visit.
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While only a junior, howitzer-armed quarterback Kyle Kearns (4-Star/Pleasanton, CA) is a name already spoken amongst the Duck brass. A family pedigree almost 25 years in the making, could bring one of the top signal-caller prospects in the class of 2015 to Oregon.
Kearns’ father, Mark, a stalwart linebacker for Coach Rich Brooks in the late ’80s, is perhaps best remembered for his 11 tackles in the 1989 Independence Bowl, a contest that vaulted the Ducks into a new era of sustained success.
“My dad knows alot of the coaches at Oregon from his days there,” said Kearns the younger. ”He’s contacted them about me and has talked to coach (Nick) Aliotti and coach (Gary) Campbell. I threw with Jeff Lockie this summer when he was home. He loves Eugene.”
Coupled with a lanky 6’3, 185 lbs. frame, Kearns uses impressive arm strength and an uncanny set of instincts, to command a formidable prep offense. While his stock continues to rise, Kearns’ Oregon connection could be the inside track Head Coach Mark Helfrich needs in order to land the west coast talent.
Both Kearnses are expected to make an appearance in Eugene this coming weekend for Oregon’s matchup with the “checkerboard endzones.” Stay tuned!
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