Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Five wide receivers Ducks should offer
By Brandon P. Oliver
Michiah Quick is the latest top prospect from Fresno (Calif.) Central East, a school that has a connection to Oregon.
The Class of 2014 has a loaded group of wide receivers in the West, and the Oregon Ducks find themselves among the leaders for several of them.
The Ducks have issued few official offers in the region, and it will likely remain that way until the coaching staff hits the road for spring evaluations in May.
The primary target zone could be Arizona, where the Ducks have put together a nice run of recruiting success. The Phoenix area is loaded with elite receivers, and after signing Devon Allen (Phoenix/Brophy Prep) in the Class of 2013, the Ducks have established themselves as a local favorite among many recruits and coaches.
Having former Chandler (Ariz.) High School star Dion Jordan picked in the first round of the NFL draft wouldn't hurt as a talking point, either.
Here is a look at a few of the names the Ducks could look to offer:
Michiah Quick (Fresno, Calif./Central East): He is one of the top two-way players in the country and hails from a talent-rich program that Oregon knows well. Ducks receiver B.J. Kelley came from Central two years ago. The Ducks know all about the versatile Quick, a 6-foot, 170-pound elite prospect at receiver and cornerback. He fits into the Ducks' philosophy of grabbing the best athletes and figuring out where to play them once they get on campus. Quick has the Ducks in his top five.
Jalen Brown (Phoenix/Mountain Pointe): The total package; he headlines an elite group of wide receivers in the Grand Canyon State. Brown holds nearly 30 offers but hasn't heard much from the Ducks, but that is likely to change. He has visited both Arizona schools and plans to take unofficial visits to some Big Ten and SEC schools this summer. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound pass-catcher wants to take as many visits as possible before signing day, so the Ducks have plenty of time to get involved.
Dionte Sykes (Chandler, Ariz./Chandler): He was dominant at the recent Los Angeles NFTC, showing a wide array of skills. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Sykes could grow into an athletic tight end or H-back by the time he reaches the next level. Arizona State, Colorado and UCLA are the three schools most mentioned when Sykes name comes up, but he took an unofficial visit to Eugene last fall. He will have his choice of schools by the time he is done. The Ducks would be wise to offer him soon.
Mark Andrews (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain): Like Sykes, Andrews is a jumbo athlete who is almost guaranteed to grow into a tight end. At 6-foot-6 and 225 pounds, he is already bigger than some college tight ends, but maintains a solid level of athleticism for his huge frame. Andrews also holds nearly 30 offers, but hasn't heard much from the Ducks to this point. After seeing him live, the odds are good that the Ducks will be the next offer he adds.
Barry Ware (Corona, Calif./Centennial): While he isn't the biggest or most explosive receiver in the group, he is 6-3 and 200 pounds and is certainly big enough and fast enough to make plays. Ware was the No. 2 receiver in 2012 for Centennial -- which lost to national power Concord (Calif.) De La Salle in the state championship. Ware has the benefit of having high-profile teammates such as Oregon signee Cameron Hunt and 2014 target Viane Talamaivao. He will have plenty of opportunities to impress college coaches who come by to see Talamaivao. The Ducks know about Ware, but they will likely wait to see how he handles being the go-to target. He has all the tools to become a star.