The future for the Oregon Ducks keeps getting brighter. If Oregon maintains its current trend of snatching elite playmakers from around the nation, the 2016 recruiting class is sure to be a platoon of offensive fire-power. On Thursday, Oregon confirmed that it has offered a scholarship to Centennial High School receiver and Rivals.com four-star receiver Javon McKinley, according to Andrew Nemec of The Oregonian.
And based on McKinley’s Twitter feed, Corona, CA’s human highlight reel is excited at the prospect of becoming a Duck. McKinley is currently ranked as California’s No. 14 recruit and the nation’s 25th best wide receiver by 247Sports.com.
— Mr.88 (@mcjavon) December 19, 2014
The Ducks aren’t the only Pac-12 football program clamoring for the all-star wideout. McKinley has received offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, USC, UCLA, Cal, Washington and Washington State.
With so many offers on the table, the NCAA hopeful hasn’t made any commitments yet, letting the offers marinate until something “feels” right.
“I don’t have a top right now. It’s pretty equal. I haven’t decided which ones I’m feeling,” McKinley told The Oregonian.
In three playoff games this year, McKinley has pulled in 31 catches for 709 yards and seven touchdowns, compiling a total of 1,906 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns in his junior season, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The 6’3″, 200 pound junior runs a 4.78 second 40-yard dash, benches 255 pounds, squats 405 pounds, and has a 33.3″ vertical, according to Hudl. (For some perspective, legendary 49ers’ wide receiver Jerry Rice was 6’2″ and had a 32″ vertical,)
It is his ability to make great plays and burst into cleat-melting runs after a catch that has Pac-12 teams swooning. See the video below:
And off the field, McKinley has maintained a near 4.0 grade point average, a distinguishing hallmark for any college prospect. Stars in the classroom and on the field fall right in Oregon’s wheelhouse and so far, McKinley appears to fit Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich’s esteemed ”Men of Oregon” distinction.
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Jordan is a lifelong Duck fan currently living in San Diego. Jordan graduated from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, after serving a prestigious fellowship with the Washington State House of Representatives. Upon graduation, he worked as an English language teaching assistant for the Spanish Ministry of Education’s Ambassadorial Program in Monforte de Lemos, Spain. Jordan has worked as a journalist, writer, and editor in Oregon, Washington, Montana, and California, covering a wide range of topics, including sports, local politics, and crime. He is VERY excited to be writing about his beloved Oregon Ducks.
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