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Oregon Recruiting: 14 offensive names to know (2014)

8/19/2012
Las Vegas, Nev., running back Nathan Starks is one of the most sought after prospects in the Class of 2014 and one the Ducks have high interest in. Courtesy Starks Family

Oregon's offense is about as young as you will find around the country, especially at the skill positions. It will be even younger in 2013, as only Kenjon Barner and Rahsaan Vaughn will exhaust their eligibility in 2012.

Wide receiver Josh Huff will likely be the only senior starter at the skill positions in 2013.

With four quarterbacks, five wide receivers and six tight ends being freshman or sophomores in 2012, the Ducks are being very selective when offering 2013 prospects at those positions.

The class of 2014 will be a different story though, as the Ducks will load up on skill position players. Odds are that De'Anthony Thomas will enter the NFL Draft after 2013, leaving an even greater need for playmakers.

There are already a number of names being tossed around as Oregon targets. A limited number of offers have been extended so far, but expect that number to increase throughout the fall.

Here is an early look at some of the names to keep an eye on early in the process.

Quarterbacks

Jalen Greene (Gardena, Calif./Serra): His league's player of the year as a sophomore, Greene is the perfect fit for the Ducks' offense. His size, arm and versatility fit the mold perfectly. Greene likes Oregon along with Florida, Ohio State and Nebraska early.

Brandon Dawkins (Westlake Village, Calif./Oaks Christian): A playmaking quarterback has all the tools to be a star in Chip Kelly's system. A big junior season could see him earn an Oregon offer.

Running Backs

Jonathan Hilliman (Jersey City, N.J./St. Peter's Prep): One of the top backs in the class of 2014, Hilliman holds one of the few offensive offers that Ducks have extended.

Nathan Starks (Las Vegas, Nev./Bishop Gorman): One of the elite backs in the country, Starks has interest from top programs nationwide. An early Oregon offer could keep the Ducks in the mix for his services.

Kurt Scoby (Covina, Calif./St. Paul): A well-built back, Scoby has power and agility to go along with good speed, making him an ideal target for the Ducks.

Wide Receivers

Dionte Sykes (Gilbert, Ariz./Williams Field): Big, physical receiver whose father and uncle played for Oregon State and Colorado, respectively. Sykes has family ties to Oregon and likes the Ducks a lot early in the process.

Jalen Brown (Phoenix, Ariz./Mountain Pointe): Joins Sykes among the top receivers in Arizona and the West region. Brown has over 15 offers to date and an Oregon offer would make an impression for sure.

Michiah Quick (Fresno, Calif./Central): Quick could be one of the next great defensive backs from Fresno. Has numerous offers from the likes of Notre Dame, California, UCLA, Oklahoma and more. The Ducks like him at wide receiver and that could play a big role in his recruitment.

Tight Ends

Mark Andrews (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain): One of the premier jumbo athletes in the country, Andrews holds offers from Michigan, Ohio State, Nebraska, UCLA, Oregon and more. Could play wide receiver but seems destined for tight end at the next level.

Darrell Cloy Jr. (Santa Fe Springs, Calif./St. Paul): Reminds many of former Ducks wide receiver Jaison Williams with his size and blocking ability. Could be a big receiver, but fits Oregon really well at tight end.

Offensive Tackles

Sam Bush (Newport Harbor, Calif./Mater Dei): One of the top offensive linemen in California for 2014, Bush transferred to Mater Dei after two years at Newport Harbor. Earned All-State Underclassmen honors in 2011. USC already has three offensive line commits from the West for 2014, making Bush a primary target for the Ducks.

Demetrius Knox (Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints Episcopal): Among the premier players in Texas and the country, Knox has offers from the likes of Alabama, Ohio State, Texas and more. Would be a tough task for the Ducks, but they are not scared about going into Texas for top prospects.

Offensive Guards

Viane Talamaivoa (Corona, Calif./Centennial)- Had a breakout performance at the Los Angeles NFTC in April, winning offensive line MVP over 2013 stars Kenny Lacy, Alex Redmond and J.D. Hinnant. Physical and nasty, Talamaivoa will be a highly sought after prospect if he has the dominant junior season most expect.

Athlete

Yadie Dunmore (Newport, Ore./Newport): Younger brother of Oregon freshman Oshay Dunmore. Plays at the small-school level on the Oregon coast. Just like his brother he possesses the size and athleticism that has the Ducks eying him early on. If offered, he could become the first Ducks commit in the class of 2014. Projects as a safety in college.