We’re only three days away, Duck Faithful — three days! While business will be taken care of on the field, Oregon will look to solidify a strong pull on a key recruit who will be in Eugene this coming weekend.
New target wide receiver Jaylinn Hawkins (4-Star/Buena Park, CA) is confirmed to be in the mix for an official visit sometime during the 2014 campaign and long-time Oregon-connected all-purpose back Malik Lovette (4-Star/Redlands, CA/Rivals250) will roam the Oregon sidelines during the opener. In Lovette’s case, a commitment may end up coming in short order.
Hawkins, a 6-foot, 180 lbs. edge runner is a relative newcomer to the airwaves of Oregon and may be a sleeper pick to quack when all is said and done. Not only a threat in the receiving lanes, Hawkins makes short work of opposing wideouts and is a threat from anywhere on the field to a take a pick to the house.
Lovette’s connection to Oregon continues to grow, as it no longer seems to be a question of “if” but “when” the vaunted west coaster will pledge a commitment.
“Oregon is my top school right now,” Lovette said in July. “There could be potential for me to commit after that visit. I have good chemistry with the coaches at Oregon and I’m excited to meet them all in person.”
Newsome’s 5-foot-9, 175 lbs. frame makes him an ideal slot receiver in Oregon’s Blur, and this visit could very well end up being the clincher in his recruitment as the southwest star will have no shortage of Texas-born Duck players in his ear.
Looking across the field, Abernathy’s prowess as a physical corner may only be surpassed by his instincts in disrupting the passing lines. With room to grow at 6-foot, 180 lbs., Abernathy’s multi-faceted athleticism is consistently on display and easily slots him as a target of increasing interest for defensive backs coach John Neal. Stay tuned!
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