Gainesville, Florida running back and slot receiver Tony James flies to Eugene for his official visit September 27th, the weekend of the Cal game, the PAC-12 opener for the Ducks.
Zoom, zoom: An 1100-yard rusher with 4.37 speed in the 40, Tony James has Oregon in his Top Three among two dozen offers. (Brad McClenny, preps.ocala.com photo)
James is fast, elusive and has a terrific attitude. Game film from the state playoffs last season shows tremendous vision and cutting ability to go with his DAT-like 10.52 100 meter time.
An interview with Julie Quittner of WGTN-TV reveals that he also possesses uncommon character and maturity to go with his talent:
I like his hat...
Oregon would certainly seem to be a good fit for a talented young man like James, given the world class coaching and facilities in both sports he excels in. That's the obvious answer though. So is the link with Nike, the uniforms, and the blah blah blah facilities everyone always mentions in the same breath when talking about Oregon. It's all that and a sandwich, but it isn't really enough.
I think the best selling point for James or any of the speedsters out there today is probably the success of De'Anthony Thomas in both sports. Watching DAT live out their dreams on Sports Center, YouTube, and on national television in big games simply has to be tempting because he is everything they want to be.
@Duckbill DB--"dwarf stars in the Campbell Galaxy"--I like that. Solid take that one every other year is about the right distribution for a player in this role.
@zduckfan That pretty much sums it up, zdf. Which top, no, elite team would make the best use of a guy like him? In both football and track?
I'll be at that game, hope he buddies it up with DAT, BJ, Dior, TT, and so forth.
Then there's that even faster Tyreek Hill. Maybe JC time will have him 2 years more mature with experience against bigger/faster (than HS) JC teams. And Mixon's still in the mix, if a larger and tad slower, still crafty, all-purpose type. Won't get them all, some would transfer.
The first half in that game you linked, he didn't look terribly impressive, although I'd have to say they need to teach their receivers to block downfield and he'd have done more than a 15 yard scamper for a TD. Webb looked good with two TDs.
@rgyle @zduckfan Nebraska's going hard after Hill, who doesn't yet have a Duck offer or a visit date, but the Ducks will succeed in slotting in one "DAT-like" player, the compact burner with end zone turbo jets. Budda Baker could be the guy.
It's like a basketball team. You need a quick little point guard but you don't need four of them.
@zduckfan Z, he had 128 yards in that game and a couple of tds, but I don't think it was his best outing. There's a pay highlight at Rivals.com that features him better. Good point about DAT's success as a selling point for this type of player, and LMJ's also. The spread, particularly the Oregon spread, gives the fast little guy a chance to shine.
@zduckfan My favorite 5-star would be Lorenzo Carter, the Georgia defensive end we profiled last week. A game changer with a great attitude.
That's an eminintly wise statement, Mr. Newton, and most likely the key to Oregon's recent successes at recruiting the targeted 5-star player. Exclusivity means playing time early on, which is important to recruits.
This may seem odd, but I don't really have a favorite 5-star out there right now. The coaches at Oregon have earned my respect and trust when it comes to recruiting "the right guy" who is the right fit for our team. They seem to have learned from some of the mistakes they've made (I won't name them, we all know) and have built a self-sustaining culture of warrior-poets with the size and speed and talent to Win The Day. It's rather impressive what they've done, actually. The Helf and Co. can afford to be choosy these days, and that's a good thing.
Defending the whole field IS the key, and when you look into the future and see Tyner, Benoit, Freeman and possibly James carrying the football and a rocket-armed Jake Rodrigues throwing it, with Johnny Mundt, Evan Baylis, Darren Carrington and Devon Allen catching it, this still looks like a potent and dynamic offense, with more of a deep threat at wide receiver.
@Duckbill @zduckfan @Dale Newton @rgyle Agree completely. Achieving variety in the offense by using ALL of those weapons keeps the defense on the defensive, and employing Lyerla effectively makes both the running game and the passing game more potent. They need him to emerge this year and full realize his ability.
@Dale Newton @rgyle I believe the Oregon system does give them an opportunity to showcase their talents. I've watched just about every highlight film on James I could find and he does show spurts of truly great balling. LaMichael was a stud, but teams still shut him down. DAT has been shut down. I'd like to see a little more consistency and it would probably help to know what other weapons Oregon might have (Royce Rolls, Tyner, etc) to keep the defense occupied. If Oregon can continue to make the other team defend the whole field, a kid like James has it made in the shade.