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Oregon Football

Torres' Take

August 27, 2019
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Well folks, we made it. Game week is upon us.

Oregon heads to Texas this week to take on Auburn in Arlington. Here are a few recruiting nuggets as well as some major team news that's had us on the edges of our seats.

Marcus Harper

I spoke with the 3-star Oregon offensive line commit, and he couldn’t find enough good things to say about his future home.

Harper said he loves all of the coaches and speaks to them regularly. He even has a great relationship with a member of the coaching staff from his native Chicago: defensive analyst Kwame Agyeman.

Oregon beat out Purdue and Iowa State to land Harper. Since committing in June, he said other schools have respectfully stopped recruiting him; he plans to sign his letter of intent in December.

Harper said he is hoping the Ducks can add some more high profile guys to this class, namely linebackers Justin Flowe and Noah Sewell.

Braydn Swinson

The position where Oregon still has the most work to do in this class is defensive line. One name that hasn’t received much notoriety is this defensive end from Douglasville (Ga.).

The Chapel Hill High 3-star (0.8516 per the 247Sports Composite) has been showing the Ducks a lot of love on Twitter lately. Could that materialize into something more?

I appears so. Swinson has informed me that he will visiting Eugene for the Nevada game on Sept. 14. Given the distance involved, he visit will likely be of the official variety.

Domani Jackson

Our Jonathan Charles spoke with the top-ranked 2022 player in the state of California. Although he’s only just beginning his sophomore season, Jackson holds many impressive offers, including Florida, LSU, Ohio State and USC.

Jackson measures a 6-1 and 170 pounds and is rated a 5-star (0.9964 per the 247Sports Composite) and the No. overall player in the country. He plays his high school football at prestigious Mater Dei in Santa Ana (Calif.).

With Jackson being an underclassman, the Ducks are limited in their contacts. But they are trying to get him up to Eugene for a game this season. With young guys, especially the elite ones, the earlier you can get your foot in the door, the better.

Domani has the closest relationship with cornerbacks coach Donté Williams. Jackson said that Arizona, Oregon, USC and Washington are the four schools separating themselves from others early on.

Duck Commits on ESPN

The start of the high school football season saw a lot of big games on TV. Two key match-ups in particular were St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.) vs. DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) and St. Frances Academy (Baltimore, Md.) vs. Miami Central (Miami, Fla).

A lot of big names that played in the Bosco-DeMatha game. But two that should stick out for Duck fans are WR Kris Hutson and CB Luke Hill.

Hutson reeled in 5 catches for 99 yards and a touchdown for Bosco (including a 56-yard screen pass from Clemson commit DJ Uiagalelei). The Braves would win 35-7.

Hill had a highlight of his own, returning an interception 25 yards for a TD. St. Frances Academy went on to win 49-13 over the No. 9 team in the country.

What’s great about these high school games being televised nationally is that it gives Oregon more publicity. Oregon has been climbing the recruiting rankings because they are landing elite players such as these.

Organizational Chart Released

The first organization chart for the 2019 season was released Monday, and boy does it have Oregon fans excited.

The offensive line starters did not shock many; after all, all of the 2018 starters return. What does have fans intrigued is the multitude of “ors” in the lineup.

That status indicates ongoing position battles that will become clearer with game-time reps. Some of the most fascinating tossups are at wide receiver, defensive end and in the secondary.

I personally would love to see more of Bryan Addison. At 6-5 and 190 pounds he brings great size and athleticism to the offense.

There is a lot of diverse talent at defensive end. It’ll be hard to go wrong with Gus Cumberlander, Kayvon Thibodeaux and DJ Johnson fighting for playing time.

In the secondary, the safety battle between Nick Pickett and Brady Breeze will be ongoing. I wouldn’t be surprised if they swapped in and out throughout the Auburn game as Andy Avalos searches for his best 11.

A lot of these battles indicate a good problem that Oregon hasn’t had to deal with for some time: depth. Depth inspires great competition, which only makes your team better. It’s part of building an elite team and instilling a culture of excellence.

We may not know exactly who the best 11 are at this point, but we can see the names that are standing out. And the fact that there are quite a few young guys on that list should get fans excited.

 
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