Friday, February 22, 2013
Oregon recruiting: Wide receivers to watch
By Brandon P. Oliver
Demarre Kitt has an Oregon offer, but some SEC schools might be in the lead.
The West is loaded with wide receivers in the Class of 2014. The Ducks will look to sign two or three receivers next February. Luckily for the Ducks, and every other program, the region is stocked with a deep and talented group.
Here are some of the names Ducks' fans will want to keep an eye on as the recruiting process moves along.
John Smith (Long Beach. Calif./Poly): Better know as, "Juju," Smith (6-foot-1, 185 pounds) exploded onto the scene after a standout late-season run that helped lead Poly to the state championship game. He can play wide receiver or safety and can do both at an elite level. He has early offers from Arizona, Fresno State, Michigan, San Jose State, UCLA, USC, Washington and Washington State. Once his junior film gets in the hands of more coaches, Smith will be among the most highly pursued recruits in the 2014 class.
Jalen Brown (Phoenix, Ariz./Mountain Pointe): Oregon has yet to offer the dynamic Brown (6-1, 180), who holds offers from Arkansas, Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Colorado, Cal, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oregon State, USC, Virginia and Yale. The Ducks have had a lot of luck in the state of Arizona recently and Brown is among the top players in the state. The Ducks will likely need to offer sooner than later if they want to stay in the race.
Jalen Harvey (El Cerrito, Calif./El Cerrito): Harvey (6-1, 181) has yet to hear much from the Ducks, but he hopes to get involved with Oregon as the recruiting cycle picks up. Arizona State and Washington State have offered Harvey. Cal, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon and UCLA are the main schools that have made contact with Harvey to this point.
Dallis Todd (La Mirada, Calif./La Mirada): Todd (6-5, 210), an ESPN Watch List member, holds offers from Arizona State, Clemson, Florida, Iowa State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Ole Miss and Tennessee. Cal, Notre Dame, Oregon, UCLA and Washington have been in touch as well.
Dionte Sykes (Chandler, Ariz./Chandler): After the turnover of the Colorado coaching staff, Sykes (6-3, 190) has turned his focus to Arizona, Michigan, Oregon State, Syracuse and UCLA, all of whom have offered. Sykes took an unofficial visit to Oregon last fall and has family ties to the Oregon.
Demarre Kitt (Sandy Creek, Ga./): Oregon is one of many schools to have offered the ESPN Watch List WR. Kitt (6-0, 196) has schools from around the country keeping tabs on him, but the SEC seems to be the likely destination for the play-making wideout. Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Miami, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Oregon, Michigan, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and USC are among the schools to have offered Kitt.
Mark Andrews (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain): The jumbo pass-catcher is a huge target on the edge and could easily wind up at TE, DE or LB by the time he is in college. Andrews (6-6, 220) has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Duke, Michigan, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon State, UCLA, USC, Utah, Virginia and Washington State. Alabama, Boise State, Missouri, Oregon and Texas are also in touch with Andrews.
Alex Van Dyke (Elk Grove, Calif./Cosumnes Oaks): Cal, Fresno State, Idaho, Nevada, Northwestern and Utah have offered Van Dyke (6-4, 200). Stanford is the front-runner but, like Oregon, they have yet to offer. Alabama, LSU, Florida, Michigan, UCLA and USC will have their eyes on him during the next few months as well.
Zaire Andre (Inglewood, Calif./Inglewood): Andre (6-0, 170) is a fast riser that has seen his interest pick up. He has an early offer from Houston, and UCLA could be next. Andre has heard from most of the Pac-12 schools and would love to hear more from the Ducks. He was a high school teammate of De'Anthony Thomas at Crenshaw before transferring to nearby Inglewood.
Barry Ware (Corona, Calif./Centennial): Ware (6-2, 190) was overshadowed on the state runner-up Huskies' team in 2012, but he will be the prime target for the Huskies in 2013. Ware has very good size and home run ability. Centennial plays a similar style to the Ducks and he knows that Oregon would be the perfect place for him to hone his skills.
Jordan Morgan (Beaverton, Ore./Southridge): The local product has good size and the ability to emerge on the scene as a senior next fall. He has received an early offer from San Jose State and has garnered interest from a number of other programs early in the process.