Now in the heart of the spring season, Oregon’s focus is two-fold, seeing an influx of visitors to Eugene.
On the field, linebacker depth is slowly beginning to mature. One person not slowing down at any pace, however, is position coach Erik Chinander as the second year headman is pushing hard to fill his stable of players for the coming years.
Up-and-coming second level defender Amandre Williams (3-Star/Covington, WA) was one of several preps on hand over the weekend and came away impressed with what he saw.
“When I first got there, I met the coaches. They have been talking to me for a while. I saw the scrimmage, then we toured the facilities and had lunch,” said Williams. “The scrimmage was great, their warm-up is very unique. What really stood out was that the coaches were personable. They care about their players off the field and they aren’t just making great football players; they want to produce great young men too.”
Already standing a stout 6-foot-3, 235 lbs., Williams oddly enough takes snaps at his positional opposite, quarterback. Williams will no doubt settle on defense upon reaching the collegiate level, but his IQ and cerebral approach to the game is undeniable in light of his success at signal-caller.
“… An offer from Oregon will put them towards the top. It’s a great program always competing for a national championship and they have great facilities. What’s not to like about Oregon?”
To view Williams highlights, please click here.
Fellow northern product Ezra Cleveland (3-Star/Spanaway, WA) was equally struck by the way Oregon conducts its business.
“The players were all so polite. Out of all my visits, nobody had a group of players that were as polite as the Oregon team,” said Cleveland. “That was really cool and really stood out to me. I enjoyed my Oregon visit more because everyone was so polite and it was more 1-on-1.”
At 6-foot-6, 275 lbs., Cleveland is already a force in the trenches and could be a sleeper-turned-star once under the tutelage of defensive line coach Ron Aiken, stay tuned!
To view Cleveland highlights, please click here.
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Top photo by Kevin Cline
Mark Flores, a Salem, OR resident, is a Firefighter/Paramedic and an avid Oregon Ducks fan. Prior to the fire service, Flores, a graduate of nearby Corban University, spent over seven years in professional journalism including a stint at the Statesman Journal in Salem and held the position of Sports Editor for the Hilltop News (Corban). A career transition however never dampened his love of writing and FishDuck is now his source to share his love of Mighty Oregon. Flores brings detailed knowledge of Oregon recruiting to the FishDuck team and welcomes your feedback.
For Football Season: FishDuck Back to Seven Days a Week!
I had to shut down the daily articles on July 20th because I could no longer work the extra 3 to 12 hours per week of certain managerial/editorial duties. (beyond the usual ones with FishDuck)
I’ve had a blast writing without those duties, and now, due to a new agreement with the writers, I can announce that we will have articles seven days a week again. I wish to thank the writers publicly for their graciousness in coming to a solution, as now I still do not have do those extra duties with our agreement, and meanwhile the writers are back having fun creating articles as I am.
Everybody is happy! So below is the new schedule through football season:
Monday: Mr. FishDuck
Tuesday: Darren Perkins
Wednesday: Joshua Whitted & Mr. FishDuck
Thursday: Coach Eric Boles & Alex Heining
Friday: David Marsh
Saturday: Mr. FishDuck (GameDay Baby!)
Sunday: Jordan Ingram
A couple of writers could not join us as they have new projects in their lives, and cannot write for anyone at the moment–but perhaps we will see them back later.
Things rarely work out so well for all parties in agreements, but this time it has and truly….everyone wins!
Our 33 rules at FishDuck can be summarized to this: 1) be polite and respectful, 2) keep it clean, and 3) no reference of any kind to politics. Easy-peasy!
FishDuck members….we got your back. No Trolls Allowed!