Thursday, February 21, 2013
Oregon recruiting: Tight ends to watch
By Brandon P. Oliver
With a roster loaded with young, talented tight ends and the addition of 2013 signee John Mundt (Modesto, Calif./Central Catholic), the Ducks don't have a lot of room at the tight end position. What they do have is a strong history of success at tight end and that places them among the premier destinations for the nation's best.
The Ducks will take one, maybe two tight ends in the Class of 2014. The West is loaded with elite prospects and Oregon will have a lot of competition if they hope to sign any of the best tight ends in the region.
Tyler Luatua is one of the nation's best high school tight ends.
Tyler Luatua (La Mirada, Calif./La Mirada): Luatua (6-foot-5, 220 pounds) is one of the top recruits in the country and could play TE, DE or LB at the next level. His size, versatility and athleticism make him one of the top priorities for schools from coast to coast. He has offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Miami, Michigan, Ohio State, Oregon and USC, among others. Oregon TE coach Tom Osborne is leading the Ducks' pursuit of Luatua, which should provide an idea of where the Ducks envision one of the top players in Southern California.
Bryce Dixon (Ventura, Calif./St. Bonaventure): Like Luatua, Dixon (6-4, 220 pounds) has offers from many of the nation's elite programs. Oregon has yet to offer but it has been in contact with the elite pass-catcher. Arizona, Cal, Colorado, Florida, Miami, Ohio State, UCLA and Washington have all offered. Stanford, USC and Vanderbilt are among the other programs keeping tabs on the all-state tight end.
Darrell Cloy Jr. (Santa Fe Springs, Calif./St. Paul): Cloy (6-3, 220) is one of the most athletic tight ends in the country and has room to grow. Colorado has offered, while Arizona State, Cal, Colorado, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Oregon, UCLA and Washington have all been in touch with the versatile athlete. Oregon hasn't offered or been in contact with Cloy too often, but that should change as the recruiting cycle picks up over the next few months.
Ian Bunting (Hinsdale, Ill./Central): Bunting (6-6, 215) has offers from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Northwestern, Ole Miss, Oregon, Purdue and Vanderbilt. In addition to the schools that have offered, Bunting is also hearing from Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Wisconsin. The jumbo athlete plans on visiting Oregon this spring with his mother for an unofficial visit.
Henry Mondeaux (Portland, Ore./Jesuit): Hailing from the same high school as Ducks' WR Keanon Lowe and 2013 signee Doug Brenner, Mondeaux (6-5, 230 pounds) has a connection with the Oregon program. As one of the top in-state players, Mondeaux will have Oregon coaches keeping a close eye on him throughout the spring and summer. He has early offers from Oregon State and Washington. Arizona, Cal, Missouri, Nebraska, Oregon and Wisconsin have all been in touch.