A mid-season resurgence has the Ducks poised to move back into the hunt for preps who may have had early reservations.
Being the flavor of the moment in almost a perennial sense is as important as what an institution can do for a prep four or five years down the road; an insistent repeat of “What have you done for me lately?”
Oregon’s push in the last half the season will be crucial in order to re-take the hearts of preps both near and far.
Just to the south, wide receiver Javon McKinley (4-Star/Corona, Calif./Rivals100) named the Ducks to his final four programs of choice and will take in the Autzen atmosphere this coming weekend.
“I’ve been (to Eugene) before … ,” said McKinley, ” … but I’m looking forward to interacting with the players and my parents have a ton of questions to ask the coaches.”
McKinley has the tools to make him a venerable outside threat but one aspect in particular sets him apart.
At 6-foot-2, 205 pounds McKinley makes the most nimble of corners miss but does so by lining up his running lanes once he makes a reception.
“(Oregon runs) a similar style of offense to what I’m playing in so I could easily translate to theirs (at) the next level and also the coaches tell me I’d be one of their top guys coming in as a receiver and Oregon has good academics as well.”
A strong showing by wide receivers headman Matt Lubick could firmly place McKinley on Oregon’s Quack Watch; stay tuned!
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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.
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