Inching closer to Senior Day, Oregon continues to add to the future with a late offer to a member of the 2015 class. Safety/corner combo Octavius Spencer (3-Star/Monrovia, CA) received an Oregon nod over the weekend and seems poised to pick the Ducks going forward.
“(The Ducks) have actually been recruiting me the longest but they just offered,” said Spencer. “Oregon said they like me at defensive back. Coach (John) Neal came by my practice last week and told me he likes how I play and he would try to get me an offer. That’s an offer I was really hoping for, so I would like to take a visit up there soon.”
A 5-foot-11, 175 lb. second level defender, Spencer garnered the nickname “Superman” for his ability to fly into passing lanes and create turnovers. Known for his hands, Spencer is no stranger to flashing his catching abilities on offense and special teams.
It’s a good bet that a confirmed visit this weekend will seal the deal in Spencer’s case, stay tuned!
Alongside Spencer, fellow visitors for Oregon’s home finale will include JUCO linebacker Davon Durant (4-Star/El Dorado, KS) and tabbed athlete Marquise Doherty (4-Star/Kansas City, MO). Both preps appear to be giving Oregon a serious look and remain open to what the Ducks have to offer. Durant, at 6-foot-2, 240 lbs., made a name for himself as an inside linebacker and garnered increased attention from linebackers coach Erik Chinander as the year progressed. Just a state to the east, Doherty is the definition of versatility, as the senior prep finds his value anywhere and everywhere on the field.
Oregon’s need for an ILB is especially of note as depth will be an immediate issue going forward. Count on Chinander and the rest of the defensive staff to push very hard to garner Durant’s assurance that he will return home with an Oregon commitment in mind. In Doherty’s case, if the distance equation can be overcome, defensive backs coach John Neal may have another John Boyett on his hands, WTD!!!
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