Over the weekend, Oregon headman Mark Helfrich received an in-state recruiting boost as top local prep Henry Mondeaux (3-Star/Portland, OR) committed to the Ducks after an extended recruiting rapport.
“I was ready to commit,” said Mondeaux. “I had been narrowing it down during the season and it was tough. I wanted to make sure I had a spot at Oregon and that they weren’t full yet.”
Mondeaux had long since been considered a Ducks lean after spending his prep years at Portland-based powerhouse, Jesuit. Nonetheless, his commitment is a big one for Oregon as he will most likely fill a drop end/outside linebacker role on defense. At 6’5, 255 lbs., the impressivly agile Mondeaux has only room to grow as he transitions to the college game and could give serious competition to returning veterans come fall camp.
In regards to the aforementioned Helfrich, Mondeaux was all smiles about his new coach.
“He was really excited; he was screaming,” said Mondeaux. “He wants to make sure you are sure of your commitment. I let him know I was ready, and I wanted to be at Oregon.”
Mondeaux is the Duck’s latest in-state grab and 14th overall commit to the class of 2014; a group that promises a great amount of potential based upon prep-level success.
“I’ve dreamed of playing at Oregon since I was a kid. I just got the feel that Oregon was the place to be.”
Oregon’s use of all-purpose players in the Blur offense has some of the nation’s top offensive prospects looking to Eugene. While only a junior, jack-of-all-trades Taj Griffin (4-Star/Powder Springs, GA) sees himself donning Lightning Yellow and Thunder Green.
“Oregon is probably my top school,” said Griffin. ”It’s because of the offense. I feel like I fit in great with it. They are fast and explosive, and they get down the field and score.
At 5’10, 175 lbs., Griffin is an ideal candidate to play the slot using 4.39/40 speed in the open field to find his way to pay dirt. Thought to be previously visiting early in the season, Griffin will most likely spend his first moments at Oregon this summer in what will be a very important first step in pledging a future commitment, stay tuned!
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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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