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Torres' Take: Recapping Oregon Football & Recruiting

February 25, 2020
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On today’s Take, the Oregon coaching staff continues to navigate the post-signing day recruiting dead period. Also, lots of news is swirling around the Ducks’ football team, and the staff has been handing out offers like post-Valentine's Day chocolates. 

Let’s get caught up. 

 

Ty Thomspon 

The Ducks offered Thompson back in January, and he likes what he’s sees so far. Our Jonathan Charles spoke with him, and you can read that update here. 

The nation’s No. 10 pro-style quarterback and No. 4 player in Arizona will be in Eugene for a visit during his spring break in mid-March, per The Oregonian. Schools recruiting him the hardest at the moment are Oregon, Iowa and Iowa State.  

 

Malachi Ajayi 

The Del Campo High School standout tells our Chris McCulley that he plans to visit Oregon on for the Junior Day on March 7. At 6-3 and 235 pounds, he already has ideal size to play linebacker -- and he’ll likely fill out once he gets in a weight room at the next level. 

Thomas Arends and Mario Cristobal have been paving the way in his recruitment. They haven’t offered yet, but we might see them pull the trigger if they like what they see on his visit. 

Ajayi holds four offers: Cal Poly, Fresno State, San Jose State and Wisconsin. And it looks as if that list could be growing soon, as most of the California schools have been in contact. 

Ajayi’s strengths include his in-game adjustments as well as the ability to improvise when going toe to toe with blockers. 

 

De’Jahn Warren 

The top JUCO cornerback received an offer from head man Mario Cristobal last week. The Ducks like his length, versatility and ball skills. 

Warren is working with the staff to set up a trip to Eugene. He emphasized with our Chris McCulley that he won’t be committing to a school that he hasn’t visited, so it’s imperative the Ducks get him on campus. 

Among his nine offers, Maryland, Penn State and Tennessee are making the most noise at the moment. He will graduate in December and have two years of eligibility remaining.  

 

Ducks at the NFL Combine 

The combine in Indianapolis will feature seven Oregon players, the most the Ducks have had invited in recent memory. Invitees are QB Justin Herbert, OT Calvin Throckmorton, OG Shane Lemieux, C Jake Hanson, LB Troy Dye, TE Jacob Breeland and WR Juwan Johnson. 

Herbert is clearly the talk of the bunch, but I am enthusiastic as a whole about this group’s potential at the next level. 

Throckmorton is a Swiss Army knife of a lineman. Lemieux was one of the highest graded guards in the country. Hanson was about as consistent of a center as you will find. The three linemen were all part of only four units that were finalists for the Joe Moore Award, given to the nation’s best offensive line. 

Dye is a tackling machine with a nonstop motor. Breeland was Oregon’s leading pass catcher and scorer until his season was cut short by a leg injury. 

And grad transfer Juwan Johnson has great athleticism and size, which he brought to the table in the latter part of the season. Johnson likely has the best chance to improve his draft stock at the combine. 

Aaron Feld 

The Ducks, strength and conditioning coordinator has had his name linked with the same vacant position at Alabama after the Georgia Bulldogs hired Scott Cochran as their special teams coordinator for $595,000 per year. Cochran had been at Alabama since 2007. 

Should things materialize with the Tide, the Ducks will do all they can to hold on to Feld. However, this could be a situation that can’t be saved by pulling out the checkbook. 

After all, it’s Alabama, viewed by many as the Mecca of college football. As such, the Crimson Tide are one of the hardest programs to compete with when it comes to poaching personnel. 

Keep an eye on the forums for the latest updates from Hopper. 

Recent Offers for the Ducks 

Here’s a new feature I want to add to the Take, as Oregon is in full pursuit of top targets for the 2021 class ahead of the Spring Game on April 18. The Ducks are also laying the groundwork and planning ahead for the 2022 class. 

Here are some of the targets who recently received a scholarship offer from Oregon. 

 

2021 

Marcus Bradley: 6-3, 270 pounds, defensive tackle, 4-star (0.9285 per 247Sports Composite) 

Quince Orchard High School, Gaithersburg (Md.) 

No. 11 DT, No. 9 player in Maryland  

Offers of note: Duke, Florida, Ohio State 

Crystal Ball leader: Ohio State 100% 

De’Jahn Warren: 6-0, 175 pounds, cornerback, 3-star (0.8800 per 247Sports Composite)  

Lackawanna Community College; hometown: Hyattsville (Md.) 

No. 1 CB, No. 2 player in Maryland 

Offers of note: Alabama, Oklahoma, Texas A&M 

Crystal Ball leader: Penn State 100% 

Highlights 

Austin Booker: 6-5, 230 pounds, weak-side defensive end, 3-star (0.8577 on the 247Sports Composite) 

Center Grove High School, Greenwood (Ind.) 

No. 34 WDE, No. 11 in Indiana 

Offers of note: Arizona State, Nebraska, West Virginia 

Junior Highlights 

Alonzo Fontenette: 6-3 175 pounds, wide receiver, 4-star (0.8915 per 247Sports Composite) 

Oaks Christian High School, Westlake Village (Calif.) 

No. 59 WR, No. 31 in CA 

Recently decommitted from Arizona State 

Offers of note: Arizona State, Colorado, Nevada, Utah 

Junior Highlights 

Devonta Smith: 5-11, 170 pounds, cornerback, 3-star (0.8739 per 247Sports Composite) 

La Salle High School, Cincinnati (Ohio) 

No. 29 CB, No. 15 player in Ohio 

Offers of note: Alabama, Notre Dame, Tennessee 

Junior Year Highlights 

 

2022 

Braden Davis: 6-4, 193 pounds, dual-threat quarterback, 4-star (0.9000 per 247Sports Composite) 

Middletown High School, Middletown (Del.) 

No. 5 DT-QB, No. 1 player in Delaware 

Offers of note: Alabama, Florida, LSU, Penn State  

George Maile: 6-3, 250 pounds, offensive guard, no rating/ranking available  

Bingham High School, South Jordan (Utah) 

Offers of note: Utah, Utah State 

Sophomore year highlights

 
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