Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Oregon Ducks OL recruits to watch
By Brandon P. Oliver
Oregon will battle heavyweights throughout the Southeast for Orlando Brown Jr., but the OT has said he was excited by his Ducks offer.
The Ducks are fortunate to have a host of talented young offensive lineman on the roster and signed five more linemen in the Class of 2013. Offensive line is always among the most important positions throughout any recruiting process. The Ducks have been active in recruiting the position early in the process and are at, or near the top for a couple of the top offensive linemen in the West.
Kaleb McGary (Fife, Wash./Fife), 6-foot-8, 285-pounds
McGary is huge with the ideal body for an offensive tackle. The Northwest's top OL prospect was one of the first offers the Ducks issued in the Class of 2014. He holds offers from Arizona State, Cal, Oregon, Oregon State, Utah, Washington and Washington State, while also hearing from Boise State, Florida State, Nebraska, Ole Miss and Notre Dame.
Tyrell Crosby (Henderson, Nev./Green Valley), 6-foot-4, 280-pounds
Crosby has a handful of offers and a lot more schools showing interest in him. The offer from the Ducks is the headliner on his list and it made a huge impact on Crosby. He went as far as saying that an offer from Alabama is the only thing that would knock Oregon off the top of his list.
Troy Bacon (Apple Valley, Calif./Apple Valley), 6-foot-4, 285-pounds
Bacon is beginning to emerge on the scene and will likely make a huge impression on coaches and analysts with a strong offseason. Bacon plays in a rural area that doesn't provide a lot of spotlight, but TCU has already offered and schools like Cal, Colorado, Duke, Florida State, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA and Washington are keeping a close eye on the hidden gem. Bacon plans to attend a number of camps before the season and hopes to pick up offers along the way. Oregon is a school he has spoken highly of in the past and he hops to visit Eugene sometime this spring.
Damien Mama (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco), 6-foot-4, 330-pounds
Mama is a huge obstacle for any defender and his athleticism makes him a high-priority target of schools everywhere. His offer list has grown significantly in recent weeks and that trend should continue as Mama will attend a number of camps. Oregon might not be the best fit for Mama's style, but he likes the Ducks and would love to receive an offer from the Pac-12 power.
Viane Talamaivao (Corona, Calif./Centennial), 6-foot-3, 300-pounds
A former teammate of Oregon offensive line signee Cameron Hunt, Talamaivao has early offers from Arizona, BYU, Colorado, Ole Miss UCLA, Utah, Washington and Washington State.
The 6-foot-3, 300-pounder missed a portion of his junior season due to a broken foot, but should be ready to go for the camp circuit and spring football. The Ducks have been in touch with the elite guard since last fall and will continue to recruit Talamaivao until the very end. He has a serious interest in the Ducks and should receive an offer by the end of the summer. Having Hunt in the fold can only help the rising star.
Orlando Brown Jr. (Peachtree Ridge, Ga./Peachtree Ridge), 6-foot-8, 345-pounds
Brown is a mammoth human being with offers from every school imaginable. The Ducks have virtually no chance at the ESPN Watch List member, but he has an early offer from the Ducks and was thrilled when he got it. The Ducks would have to beat the entire SEC to land Brown. In fact, they would probably have to beat the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12 and Big East heavyweights as well.
Sam Jones (Highlands Ranch, Colo./ThunderRidge), 6-foot-5, 275-pounds
Jones received an offer this week from the Ducks to bring his offer total to four. Colorado, Colorado State and Wyoming had previously offered one of the top OL in the region. Arizona State and Nebraska have also been showing interest, but the offer from the Ducks appears to have made a big impact on the rising prospect.