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Thursday, April 18, 2013
ESPN 150 targets: Oregon

By Brandon P. Oliver

With the release of today's ESPN 150, here's a look at 10 top targets for Oregon in the 2014 class.

1. CB Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Serra)
5-foot-11, 183 pounds
ESPN 150 Rank: 5

Adoree Jackson
Whether he's lining up on offense or defense, Adoree' Jackson has game-breaking speed that calls to mind De'Anthony Thomas.
Why they want him: Probably the smoothest athlete in the West since Oregon star De'Anthony Thomas, Jackson could be an elite corner or a game-changer in the slot. A truly elite two-sport athlete, he has said he won't even look at a school that tells him he can't run track. He can at Oregon and would be a huge boost for the Ducks on the field and the track.

Who else wants him: Arizona State, Boise State, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Texas A&M, UCLA, USC, Washington

Odds they get him: 10 percent

2. LB Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County)
6-2, 249
ESPN 150 Rank: 15

Why they want him: The Ducks are looking to get bigger on the second level and McMillan fits the bill. His size doesn't take away from his athleticism in the least, which is why he holds offers from the top programs in the country.

Who else wants him: Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA, USC

Odds they get him: 1 percent

3. WR Michiah Quick (Fresno, Calif./Central East)
5-10, 180
ESPN 150 Rank: 22

Why they want him: Along with Jackson, Quick is the best athlete in the West. He could fill the role of De'Anthony Thomas in the slot or Ifo Ekpre-Olomu at corner. Quick has yet to receive an offer, but the Ducks are keeping tabs on him. An offer is likely at some point, but the Ducks better make a move on the talented two-way star sooner than later.

Who else wants him: Alabama, Arizona, Cal, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon State, UCLA, USC, Washington

Odds they get him: 20 percent

4. RB Racean Thomas (Oxford, Ala./Oxford)
5-10, 202
ESPN 150 Rank: 35

Why they want him: Thomas is among the top backs in the country and has the Ducks in his top five. He would be a great complement to the all-around running of Byron Marshall and game-breaking abilities of Thomas Tyner. He is tough to bring down in space or in traffic, yet has the speed to break a long one every time he touches it.

Who else wants him: Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Ole Miss, Tennessee, USC.

Odds they get him: 10 percent

5. DB Arrion Springs (San Antonio, Texas/Roosevelt)
5-11, 190
ESPN 150 Rank: 44

Why they want him: The versatile Springs could fill the role of CB Terrance Mitchell or S Brian Jackson. He doesn't have an offer yet, but he will. He plays physical in run support and in press coverage, but commands respect in deep coverage because of great ball skills and elite speed.

Who else wants him: Arkansas, Baylor, Clemson, Miami, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas

Odds they get him: 25 percent

6. WR John "Juju" Smith (Long Beach, Calif./Poly)
6-1, 195
ESPN 150 Rank: 62

Why they want him: Smith could be the perfect wide receiver or safety in the Ducks' system. He's just beginning to scratch the surface of his potential, and the Ducks know how to develop talent.

Who else wants him: Arizona State, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, UCLA, USC, Washington

Odds they get him: 20 percent

7. OL Damien Mama (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco)
6-3, 335
ESPN 150 Rank: 66

Why they want him: One of, if not the best OL on the West Coast. Mama has tremendous size but has very quick feet and mobility for his large frame. He has been in touch with Oregon recently, and the Ducks will see him in the coming weeks.

Who else wants him: Alabama, Florida State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, UCLA, USC, Washington

Odds they get him: 15 percent

8. RB Joe Mixon (Oakley, Calif./Freedom)
6-0, 196
ESPN 150 Rank: 135

Why they want him: For all of the reasons that he holds more than 40 offers. He is the total package, with strong pass-catching skills, a tough running style and speed to take it the distance. He doesn't yet have an Oregon offer, because while he has good speed, he's not as fast as the Ducks' recent top-line backs. Either way, they will pursue him until he tells them not to.

Who else wants him: With more than 40 offers just about everyone, including Florida, FSU, Georgia, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma and USC.

Odds they get him: 15 percent

9. ATH Bishard "Budda" Baker (Bellevue, Wash./Bellevue)
5-10, 178
ESPN 150 Rank: 139

Why they want him: Like Jackson and Quick, Baker could fill a number of roles. The top athlete in the Northwest could play running back, corner or safety for the Ducks. He comes from the best program in the Ducks' neighboring state and will be among the most highly recruited players to ever come out of the program.

Who else wants him: Michigan, Notre Dame, Oregon State, Purdue, UCLA, Washington

Odds they get him: 33 percent

10. DT Nifae Lealao (Sacramento, Calif./Capital Christian)
6-3, 285
ESPN 150 Rank: 148

Why they want him: The Ducks have a three interior defensive linemen to replace and Lealao's the best of the bunch in Northern California, a region the Ducks have recruited well historically.

Who else wants him: Boise State, BYU, Cal, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, Washington

Odds they get him: 25 percent