With spring practice in full swing, the attention of the the Oregon brass has shifted to seemingly tedious day-to-day balancing of on-field re-tooling and stockpiling for the the future.
High school preps are beginning their own pre-summer practices, seeing several elite camps produce early-cycle headlines.
Deep in the South, longtime Oregon-connected defensive back Nigel Knott (4-Star/Madison, MS/Rivals250) punched his ticket to Nike’s The Opening with a lock-down performance at the New Orleans NFTC spring camp. In addition to his printed invite, he received another piece of card stock.
“Oregon has a process, they have a way they do things and I understand that. I’m thankful for (this) offer and I just want to keep getting to know the coaches better,” said Knott.
Not only a big offer for Knott, but for his father as well, as he was a former player under defensive backs coach John Neal.
“(My father)… said he’s a very good coach that focuses a lot on technique, which I think is a great fit for me. With my natural athletic ability it would be a great match to have someone teaching me a lot of technique at corner.”
A 6-foot-0, 170 lb. speedster with unbelievable quickness off-the-ball, Knott hallmarks the Oregon Way with a combination of cerebral coverage and raw play-making ability.
“I definitely want to visit Oregon when I have the chance. Right now I’m planning on going in June for their non-contact camp.”
Stay tuned, WTD!!!
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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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