Three Oregon commits made it official today by signing letters of intent to play for UO. December 18th is the first day junior college players can sign, and CB Dominique Harrison, defensive end Tua Talia and offensive guard Haniteli Lousi all followed on their verbal pledges by faxing in their letters to the Oregon football office.
With cornerbacks Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and Terrance Mitchell contemplating a move to the NFL, Harrison is a vital addition at defensive back, a fast, physical cover guy who runs a 4.4 40. As a freshman he led the nation in interceptions and was Bay Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore.
Primo jucos: With the official signings today by junior college stars CB Dominique Harrison, DE Tua Talia and OL Haniteli Lousi, the 2014 Oregon recruiting class adds strength and depth at three key positions (Harrison right, rivals.com photo).
Talia is a strong, superbly-conditioned defensive lineman at 6-5, 275, expected to play at 290 for the Ducks. He could be dominating, and Ron Aiken's unit needs him as five defensive linemen are graduating, including strong side defensive end Taylor Hart.
Lousi is another key acquisition, a big offensive lineman with agility, 6-5, 290, a great fit to strengthen the rotation at guard next fall.
The Ducks aren't done in the junior college ranks. They're still pursuing some coveted targets at nose tackle, including Rika Levi, 6-2, 350, a teammate of Lousi's at College of San Mateo.
"Rika" Levi, not Riva.
Good article though!
If they can indeed get Riva Levi and the High School NT from Texas that would impress the heck out of me, because the Duck's need at least 2 in this class and they did not get any last year which is unheard of because with Marcus coming back for lets be honest 1 year 2014 will be the year for these Ducks and this Coaching staff not to screw it up this time and the Linebacking unit should be better and bigger. Jelks will not be a contributer next year and I think he was a bit of a reach for the staff to begin with when you should be just recruiting natural DTs.
Ducks have a nice class coming in, especially on O and D backfield. It's that sketchy D line (and LBs) I worry about. No doubt, Talia could be very special. 6-7 Jelks is a bit lightweight (if also svelte) at this time, but could be good down the road. And Hopkins at 247sports feels good about landing 6-0, 300 3-star NT/DT Lealaimatafao (hence forth to be known as LMFAO). If they can grab Riva Levi, not a bad D line class. 6-5, 300 4-star DT Hampton remains available and still liking the Ducks. But, except for Jelks, all are quick fix JC guys. Still, I'll take it.
fixed, thanks. I knew his name; just a typo.
@DougMai Rika Levi's still in play, but Trey Lealaimatafao is committed to Texas. He'd be a terrific addition if they can flip him. Talia will contribute next year but Jelks likely needs a redshirt season; he's only 17 and still growing.
@rgyle We need some 4 star JUCO linebackers with size, speed and skills.
Maybe we need some quick fix, especially on the defensive side. We can use help on the D-line, linebacker and the secondary. Besides that we are fine on defense.
@rgyle@duckified Appreciate your point, but the Ducks have always been "undersized' at linebacker with the exception of Alonso. Clay was 220 at Oregon. Paysinger and Kaddu played at around 230. Jordan was 6-7, 240.
I agree with you they should sign one or two LBs in this class, preferably Jimmie Swain and Vincent Jackson.
@duckified@rgyle Not one LB commit yet in this class. Only Hardrick and Ava (does he ever play?) are over 230 lbs – 243 and 260 respectively. Only Mattingly and Coleman are over 220, and just barely. That leaves 10 returning LBs between 200-220. There is definitely some speed and skill coming up with Prevot and Robinson, maybe Dunmore. Also Malone and Walker should be bigger and better in 2014. There's some 2014 hope if they all hit the weight room. With Aliotti's lock on the 3-4 scheme, Ducks'll need run stoppers at the line, not 5-10 yards back. The Texas running game defense in 11 days will be telling.
Be interesting indeed to see how they respond to Texas. The Longhorns are working out 6-4, 245 quarterback Tyrone Swopes with the first team and it's clear they plan to play a ball control/possession game.
Not having brick wall style LB players will bite us in the arse when we play the top level running teams. They had better beef up anyone under 250 if they want to stop good running teams at the line of scrimmage.