The Ducks have four feature visitors for this weekend's game with UCLA, including two 5-star players.
Royce Freeman is an Oregon verbal commit, 6-0, 227. one of the best running backs in the country from Imperial Valley High in the San Diego area. He's a 5-star prospect who averages 250 yards and four touchdowns a game for his undefeated high school team.
John "Juju" Smith is a highly-recruited 5-star safety and wide receiver , 6-1, 207, from Long Beach Poly High, the school that brought the Ducks Samie Parker just over a dozen years ago. Smith is smooth and fluid, with 51 tackles and 6 interceptions as a junior. On offense he caught 49 passes for 752 yards and 9 tds. He's choosing between Oregon, Ohio State, Michigan, Notre Dame, and Alabama.
Juju doesn't need voodoo, because he has the strength and speed to be a great college football player. (Mike Williams, College Level Athletics photo).
Tyrell Crosby is a big, athletic offensive lineman, verbally committed to the Ducks since June. Agile at 6-6 290, also a basketball player at Green Valley High, he's a perfect fit for the Oregon system and highly underrateda as a 3-star prospect.
A 6-2, 202-lb. athlete from Monroville, Pennsylvania, Montae Nicholson has scholarship offers from more than 30 schools, including Stanford, Florida State, Ohio State and Penn State. He's a fast, athletic safety who could grow into a linebacker, captain a defense from the back end, or burn defenses as a big wide receiver.
Another visitor, linebacker Vincent Jackson of Tampa, Florida is still trying to firm up his travel plans. The Ducks need to add a couple of physical, aggressive defenders for the middle this cycle, so getting him to visit would be a big bonus. He's 6-3, 245, coveted by Florida, Alabama, and half of the defensive coordinators in the country. The other half know they can't get him.
Dale, where is the write up on Paul Bunyan? He's a 7'8" 600 lb converted logger with a legendary work ethic. You talked about him at great length in your annual report. But now nothing?
Coach Mora said he won't try to slow the game against Oregon, so these recruits should get a good show. Oregon responds very well to up-tempo opponents.
Is it possible that one of our recruiting challanges might be the "big guys" do not want to be as mobile as the Ducks are on offense and defense?
In honor of College Gameday liking the Oregon Ducks so much, here is a compilation of Corso putting on the duck head. In regard to recruiting, get more big dogs.
@DuckDucks I haven't seen much film on Bunyan, but I hear he's dumb as an ox. Probably wouldn't fit in the Ducks system. I do have a grandson, Andrew Joseph Applegate, who is 11 months old and 24 pounds. Very high on high as a future defensive tackle prospect.
@DuckDucks Don't have much on Bunyan; there isn't much tape of him. I do have a grandson, Andrew Joseph Applegate, who is 11 months old and weighs 24 lbs. Very high on him as a future defensive line prospect.
@DuckDucks He committed to Alabama. His sub-four minute 40 wouldn't do well in our offense anyway.
@zduckfan Have to give Mora credit for taking the Ducks head-on.
@zduckfan The competition so far hasn't been top-shelf, but I think the only team to "slow" the Ducks in the last 1 1/2 seasons was Stanford. Sometimes I wonder if when opposing coaches agree to not try to slow the Ducks is like me agreeing to not win the World Surfing Championship. My opportunities to practice are limited here in NV.
@SonomaDuck It is, particularly on the offensive line. Some guys don't want to practice that hard, or play at that pace.
You know I was thinking about that a little earlier today. The ducks have been great in past years not because the guys they recruit are high star guys but more because they fit the ducks system. Thats a big plus for the ducks because obviously not everyone has the big numbers or has 4 or 5 stars but everyone who comes to Oregon fits Oregon's system both offensively and defensively.
@duckified Great link. Corso is an entertaining part of the College Football story, a treasure. He was Burt Reynolds' quarterback at Florida State.
i don’t question it….i just revel in it
Lee Corso Luvs his Ducks!
@Duckbill It's a down year for big guys in the west. Duck coaches are working recruiting as hard as ever, but there aren't that many on the board. Smith is 6-2, 207, could play linebacker, safety, or receiver as a collegian. He's the kind of player you offer a scholarship for no matter who else you've recruited.
@Duckbill Agree that Ducks need a good supply of Duck-appropriate linemen on both sides, esp. with the uptempo need for rotations. But Tony James is an all purpose speed back, and JuJu is most likely a safety, and I've read that he prefers defense, being recruited by Coach Neal.
I agree. I watched his highlight tape a second ago. He certainly looks the part. He has the body style of a young josh huff in my opinion. Needs to carry the ball a little closer to his body or else he'll run the risk of having his Oregon debut turn out like DATs haha.
But you're right Duckbill, VJ is one that if we can steal him away from Florida it would be a huge boost.
Class of 2031 or 2032 book it! By then the ducks will be wearing something resembling the football uniforms from starship troopers and it'll be the newest Nike Pro-Assassin Elite Combat System uniforms. Also the SEC will be disbanded by then when a Federal Investigation in 2028 reveals that thr SEC is actually a Terrorist Sleeper Organization hell bent on destroying AMERICA.
@DuckNV @zduckfan I think every team has played an equal assortment of opponents at this stage of the season, and I question whether Furd slowed the ducks last season, or they just had a bad day. Neither of us envy the plight of Mora and the other coaches in the Pac.
We both get ripped off on the surfing gig. No tasty waves in Phoenix either. :-)
@Mahunashizzle The Oregon coaching staff has done a tremendous job getting players that fit, buy in and improve. With top 25 recruiting classes they've had Top 5 teams.