Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Tom Luginbill analyzes Ducks' commits
By Brandon P. Oliver
Versatile tight end prospect John Mundt has the chance to be a factor as a blocker and receiver for the Ducks.
ESPN's National Recruiting Director Tom Luginbill checked in with DuckNation and took the time to share his thoughts on Oregon's recruiting situation.
Thoughts on Oregon's current commits:
Dontre Wilson(DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto) Wilson is the more versatile of the two backs in this class, as he is a legitimate weapon as a natural receiver in the slot. A dynamic weapon who is not only a feature back if need be but also could be utilized in the same manner as current Duck De'Anthony Thomas in the passing game -- only Wilson brings more stature and strength to the position.
Thomas Tyner(Aloha, Ore./Aloha) Tyner is more a pure, straight-line runner with a jab step to cut and get downhill. He does not have the same elusive wiggle as Wilson in our opinion and the level of competition is something that could lead to a steep learning curve as he jumps to the next level. He has tremendous straight-line speed and terrific size. The one thing you see with these two backs is an increase in size over what they have been playing with.
Evan Voeller(West Linn, Ore./West Linn) Voeller is only going to get bigger and stronger, and when he does, his nasty streak and motor will become even more of an asset. He has long arms, nimble feet and his frame has not even come close to being filled out and bulked up, so physically he has a high ceiling for development. [He] must continue to add lower-body strength to sustain at the point of attack in the run game.
Tyree Robinson(San Diego, Calif./Lincoln)/Tyrell Robinson(San Diego, Calif./Lincoln) The Ducks have obtained two very promising prospects from a development standpoint. Both Tyree and Tyrell Robinson could end up as receivers, with Tyrell most likely to end up on defense at the next level. The size/speed/athleticism combo that both possess is promising. Tyrell is a bit more raw with a very high ceiling. On the offensive side, Tyree may end up seeing the field earlier as an offensive weapon who can stretch the field and become a nice go-to red zone target. Oregon has become known for speed, but with the Robinson brothers, they possess speed with the size to go with it this time around.
Darren Carrington(San Diego, Calif./Horizon) Carrington is one of those players who may not be great in any one area, but is very good in many. He has an NFL pedigree and a nice feel for the game. He has excellent ball skills and has a penchant for making the acrobatic grab. He is versatile and productive, and you know what you are going to get from him.
Alex Redmond(Los Alamitos, Calif./Los Alamitos) Redmond is at his best as a physical run blocker who can engulf defenders at the point of attack. He is a candidate to play either guard or tackle at the next level even though he plays guard predominantly at the high school level. He will need to refine his footwork and hand placement in pass protection, but this is a nasty big man with an edge to him at the point of attack.
Chris Seisay(American Canyon, Calif./American Canyon) Seisay is one of those guys who gives you positional value. Whether he ends up at safety or wide receiver, there is upside to him with added strength and development. His ball skills are exceptional and he is a natural athlete. A ball hawk in coverage with enough size and long arms to be a downfield threat on the jump ball when employed at wide receiver. His best football is definitely ahead of him, regardless of which side of the ball he lands.
John Mundt(Modesto, Calif./Central Catholic) Mundt is an upside player that is an in-line TE prospect with enough athleticism to flex out and be a factor in the passing game. Although he will need to hone and refine his sharpness and technique as a route runner, he has great size and could become a factor as an interior blocker in time. He is a player who should see his most productive years ahead of him.
Matt Wogan(Indian Trail, NC/Porter Ridge) Has a long levers and is a tall kicker/punter/kickoff specialist who could do all three in college. The ball pops off his foot, and he is a candidate to play early.
Doug Brenner(Portland, Ore./Jesuit) This is an active and physical kid who brings energy and effort to the field. He is a player who will redshirt and develop over time. Has solid long-term potential.
Overall thoughts on the Ducks' recruiting class: In our opinion, Oregon must continue to add defensive front-seven personnel for depth and upgraded talent to be able to hold up if they want to compete against an LSU or an Alabama in a title-game setting.
Overall, as expected this class runs very well, but what stands out is that there is some size to go along with it. They have made strides in the offensive front and addressed the kicking game.
Oregon has become a national presence on the recruiting scene as a result of winning, facilities upgrades, marketing, uniforms, and a dynamic offensive and defensive scheme. Recruiting success leads to winning, and winning leads to recruiting success. Right now, the snowball effect is at an all-time high and the Ducks are gaining even more momentum as they continue to win on the gridiron. There are a lot of factors that go into the sustained success of a program, but Oregon has capitalized on appearance and perception as well as anyone.