Fast and Rangy: Oregon Ducks Linebacker – Adrian Jackson

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The Oregon Ducks Football team followed up talented additions to their linebacker corps in 2017 (Isaac Slade-Matautia and Sampson Niu) by signing one of the best linebacker prospects in the 2018 recruiting cycle, Adrian Jackson. Jackson was a four-year player at Mullin High school, a small Roman Catholic prep school in Denver, Colorado. Jackson was a Colorado First Team All-State Selection at …

The Complete Package: Oregon Running Back Travis Dye

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In the 2018 recruiting cycle the Oregon Ducks signed two running backs, one in particular with a very high ceiling. That would be Travis Dye from California’s Norco High, a school with an enrollment of about 2,200 students located in North Riverside county in Southern California. Travis was a three year starter for the Cougars. He was a primarily a wide …

Oregon Ducks Football: The Maturation of Tyler Shough

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The task of recruiting and receiving a commitment from a highly regarded quarterback each recruiting cycle is an arduous process. Keeping said commit in the fold is even harder. After having a commitment from Colson Yankoff only to lose him to the rivals up north, the Oregon Ducks focused their efforts on an Elite 11 quarterback that was committed elsewhere, Tyler Shough from Chandler, Arizona. …

Evaluation: Hard Hitting Strong Safety Steve Stephens

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The Oregon Ducks football team signed one of the best safety tandems in all of college football in 2018 recruiting cycle: Jevon Holland from Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland, California, and Steve Stephens from Edison High School in Fresno, California. Although both of these athletes are similar in size and athleticism, we’re going to focus on Stephens in this …

Oregon Ducks Football: Matchup Nightmare H-Back – Spencer Webb

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  The ink is barely dry on the 2018 Oregon Duck recruiting class, considered by some as the second best class in school history and ranked No. 15 in the country by Herald and News, among others. Included in this 24-man class is a handful of elite prospects, among them Christian Brothers High School (Sacramento, California) tight end Spencer Webb. Webb, ranked …

Oregon Ducks Football: The G.O.A.T. (at Linebacker) is Coming – Andrew Johnson

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It’s been a while since the Oregon Ducks had an inside linebacker that one could mention in the same breath with the likes of Wesley Mallard, Tom Graham, or Ernest Jones. Well, that’s about to change with incoming freshman Andrew Johnson from Tift County High School, in Tifton, Georgia. Jones who is expected to sign with the Ducks February 7th, …

Great Young Talent at Wide Receiver: Johnny Johnson III

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The Oregon Ducks coaching staff has an eye for talent. Sometimes, that talent comes from the “third wheel” in a very good wideout group at a prominent high school. That is the scenario I wrote about regarding freshman wide receiver Daewood Davis from Florida. Oregon coaches replicated that feat by plucking Johnny Johnson III (JJ3) from Chandler, Arizona during the 2017 …

Premier Defensive Lineman: Austin Faoliu

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New Oregon Football Head Coach Willie Taggart seemed to make a living raiding the commit list of the Arizona Wildcats this past recruiting cycle. First there was the whirlwind courtship and successful commitment of All-World quarterback, Braxton Burmeister, and then he pried one of the best defensive linemen in Southern California Austin Faoliu from the ‘cats. Faoliu played at JSerra …

A Balance of Power and Speed: Running Back C.J. Verdell

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One of the best running backs in the state of California the last three years has been C.J. Verdell of Mater Dei High School in Chula Vista. An all-state first team running back in California (Cal-Hi Sports), Verdell put together an impressive high school career including back-to-back 2,000-plus yard rushing seasons according to MaxPreps. In all, he rushed for 4,855 yards and …