- Brandon P. Oliver, Reporter, DuckNation
Offensive line is a big piece of the Oregon Ducks 2013 recruiting effort, as the Ducks lose three linemen after the 2012 season. Having already locked up the top in-state offensive lineman in Evan Voeller (West Linn, Ore./West Linn), the Ducks added another piece when Alex Redmond (Los Alamitos, Calif./Los Alamitos), one of the the top offensive line prospects in Southern California, gave his pledge to the Ducks on Sunday night.
Voeller, the No. 12 OT in the class, and Redmond, the No. 45 OT, bring versatility to the Ducks. Either one could play guard but also has the size and potential to slide to tackle on the outside. (Read their scouting reports: (Voeller here, and Redmond here.)
Oregon offensive line coach Steve Greatwood has proven his ability to get the most out of his players, as he is known as one of the best in the business. Redmond and Voeller should benefit from Greatwood's coaching and see their games step up once they are in Eugene.
Oregon's unique offensive system requires a great deal of fitness and versatility from the offensive line. With Voeller and Redmond on board, what's next for the Ducks in this class?
The high demands of the Oregon offense requires even more depth than most programs have up front. With two solid prospects in the fold, the Ducks will look to add one or two more offensive linemen to the class.
J.D. Hinnant (Fountain Valley, Calif./Fountain Valley), Thomas Oser (North Hollywood, Calif./Harvard-Westlake), Reeve Koehler (Honolulu/St. Louis) and Sean Harlow (San Clemente, Calif./San Clemente) appear to be the most likely to join Voeller and Redmond in the class.
Oregon has done a great job of locking up in-state talent under Chip Kelly, but Greatwood has shown the ability to pull athletes from Michigan to Hawaii. His latest pull is yet another Southern California athlete headed north to Eugene. With Hinnant and Harlow both Southern California natives, Redmond may not be the last offensive lineman from the Southland to commit to the Ducks.
Oregon's staff does a great job of finding under-the-radar talent and bringing in players late in the process, so expect to have a few names appear out of the blue during the next few months.
After having missed on all of the top high school linemen out West in 2012, having two of the top offensive line prospects on the West Coast already committed for 2013 is huge for the Ducks. Time will tell if new names emerge or the Ducks add commitments from the crop of recruits on their board.
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