Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Recruits evoke memories of former Ducks
By Brandon P. Oliver
With the 19 players signed last week, Oregon landed some players who might remind their fans of former Ducks.
Of all the great running backs the Ducks have had in the past twenty years, RB Thomas Tyner (Aloha, Ore./Aloha) has a skill set and frame that puts him in his own category. Reuben Droughns is the closest comparison, but Droughns was a much more powerful runner. Tyner has better speed all of Oregon's great backs but has his own style. He has a similar body type to Droughns but is a bigger threat out of the backfield.
The rest might take Oregon fans back to days gone by and stars from previous teams.
Could four-star recruit Torrodney Prevot be the next Dion Jordan for Oregon?
DE Torrodney Prevot (Houston/Alief Taylor): Prevot might remind fans of former Ducks Kenny Rowe and Dion Jordan. He has the ability to be everything Jordan was but with a body like Rowe's. Prevot will fill out, but how much his frame can handle is yet to be determined. Regardless, he'll be a playmaker for the defense.
ATH Doug Brenner (Portland, Ore./Jesuit): He might remind fans of the Ducks' current starter at the center position. Like Hroniss Grasu, Brenner played all over the field in high school. He isn't as tall or as athletic as Grasu, but he is raw and should develop into a very solid center who can move once he delivers a clean snap.
TE-Y John Mundt (Modesto, Calif./Central Catholic): Mundt could bring back memories of former tight ends Dante Rosario and Justin Peele. With Peele's size and better straight-line speed, Mundt has great hands and is a solid blocker in the run game. He does it all with the athleticism of Rosario.
ATH Chris Seisay (American Canyon, Calif./American Canyon): Seisay could evoke memories of former CB Anthony Gildon. Seisay is a very good athlete with good size. He is still raw on defense, but with his long and lanky frame, Seisay represents the kind of athlete the Ducks are moving toward at defensive back.
K Matt Wogan (Indian Trail, NC/Porter Ridge): Based on the fact that he can cover all three phases of the kicking game, it seems like the great Tommy Thompson is the only choice. Wogan may not punt in 2013, but he will at least be used on kickoffs.
LB Joe Walker (Palos Verdes, Calif./Harbor College): Walker has the size and athleticism of former LB Matt Smith. Like Smith, Walker isn't spectacular in any facet of the game, but he is solid in all of them with a knack for making the right reads and getting to the ball in a hurry.
Could Juwaan Williams show flashes of Kenjon Barner during his time at Oregon?
QB Damion Hobbs (Cedar Hill, Texas/Cedar Hill): Hobbs might make fans think of Chris Harper, who came in as a quarterback in a linebacker's body. Hobbs also comes with great athleticism, but he needs to work on his mechanics. He may not end up at quarterback, but he'll be on the field somewhere.
ATH Juwaan Williams (Tucker, Ga./Tucker): There's a chance Williams reminds fans of Kenjon Barner. Williams played quarterback, running back, wide receiver, cornerback and safety at Tucker. The Ducks brought him in to play wherever they need him.
ATH Tyrell Robinson (San Diego/Lincoln): Tyrell might remind fans of LB Spencer Paysinger, who also came in as an athlete. Robinson has elite athleticism and could flip to wide receiver if necessary. He will likely excel early on special teams and could grow into a star outside linebacker.
WR Tyree Robinson (San Diego/Lincoln): Tyrell's twin could remind fans of safety Brandon McLemore. Tall, thin and athletic, Tyree has tantalizing potential that could help him blossom as a lanky corner, a rangy safety or an elite receiver.
WR Darren Carrington Jr. (San Diego/Horizon): Carrington could call to mind wide receivers Tony Hartley and Demetrius Williams. Hartley had the hands and ability to make tough catches, but Carrington is closer to Williams in body type. The Semper Fidelis All-American doesn't have great speed but does everything at a high level.
WR Devon Allen (Phoenix/Brophy Prep): Allen is similar to current wide receivers Josh Huff, Keanon Lowe and Bralon Addison. Allen has elite speed and can be used in the run game or as a return man.
RB Kani Benoit (Phoenix/Thunderbird): Benoit will remind some of Terrence Whitehead. He isn't the fastest running back around, but he has the speed to take it the distance, the power to run over a safety and the moves to make a linebacker miss.
OL Jake Pisarcik (Medford, NJ/Shawnee): Like Jake Fisher, Pisarcik played tight end for most of his high school career. Entering his senior season, Pisarcik gained nearly 50 pounds while maintaining his athleticism. That's what stood out on film to the Oregon coaches and makes him the ultimate sleeper in this class.