Oregon pulled one of its greatest recruiting strokes in program history when top-ranked 2015 all-purpose back Taj Griffin (4-Star/Powder Springs, GA/Rivals100) announced that he will don Lightning Yellow and Thunder Green following his senior campaign.
“Oregon was just it for me,” said Griffin. ”I knew it was the place for me when I visited. I loved the coaches, the facilities and everything about it. The coaches showed me a lot of love and I just fell in love with the place. I’m so happy to be a Duck.”
While current Oregon starters have taken their reps at TAZR, the running back/wide receiver hybrid position created by Chip Kelly, Griffin, a 5-foot-10, 175 lb. jack-of-all-trades has been clocked at a blazing 4.35/40 and could be the first true tweener in the Oregon Blur since De’Anthony Thomas.
Griffin’s attachment to the Oregon coaching staff has been a chief motivator in his recruitment and figures to play out into a successful signing come next February.
“That was a pretty big deal to me when coach Helfrich came out to see me (so early in the process),” said Griffin. ”I was one of the first stops he made and that meant a lot to me. It also impressed my parents and they love Oregon as well.”
Griffin will be in Eugene on May 3rd for Oregon’s “Salute the Troops” intersquad matchup and is believed to be finished with all other program visits.
Yesterday afternoon, point guard Kendall Small (4-Star/Lakewood, CA/Rivals150) announced a long-anticipated pledge to join the Ducks and gives Dana Altman his first verbal commit in the class of 2015. Small, a relative unknown until his junior year, is known for his defense and his ability to facilitate an up-tempo scheme, both key facets of Altman’s mantra at Oregon. Look for more information regarding Small’s commitment next week, WTD!!!
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