Thursday, April 25, 2013
Local DE rising, but still waiting on Ducks
By Brandon P. Oliver
Alabama has offered two Southern California offensive-line prospects who are ranked in the ESPN 150, but much to the dismay of Oregon fans and other recruits, neither holds an offer from the Ducks. In the Class of 2013, both Alabama and LSU had offered No. 10 overall prospect Eddie Vanderdoes by the time Oregon -- his longtime favorite -- came through with an offer.
Closer to home, a couple of SEC schools -- as well multiple Pac-12 schools -- have gotten a head start on Oregon on yet another fast-rising 2014 defensive lineman.
DE Connor Humphreys (Portland, Ore./Central Catholic) has been on an impressive roll this spring. On the field, he impressed at a couple of high-profile camps, and those efforts have paid off on the recruiting trail. After early offers from Arizona State, Boise State and Oregon State, he now holds additional offers from Boston College, Cal, UCLA, USC, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin.
Yet Humphreys, who projects as the top recruit from the state of Oregon, hasn't heard a single word from the Ducks' coaching staff since his recruitment began.
Steve Greatwood, the Ducks' offensive line coach and Portland area recruiter, has been by the school and in touch with the staff at Central Catholic, but nothing significant. While Humphreys seems slightly disappointed by not hearing anything from the Ducks, he isn't letting the lack of interest from Oregon get to him. Instead, he has been proactive with visits to Cal and Washington earlier this spring. This past weekend, Humphreys was in Los Angeles for unofficial visits to both UCLA and USC. Humphreys appreciates the increased interest from programs nationwide, and he understands what it means to hold multiple offers from SEC programs.
"It's an honor, because they don't come out west very often," Humphreys said. "Schools like Alabama definitely don't come to Oregon for players, especially defensive linemen. They have been sending me some letters, and Mississippi State has been in contact with me recently."
In addition to the recent Wisconsin offer, Nebraska is another Big Ten team getting involved and has plans to visit Humphreys in the coming weeks.
As for the Ducks, there has been no communication at all, which has eliminated any plans Humphreys might have had to attend Oregon's spring game Saturday after spending Friday in Corvallis for Oregon State's junior day and spring game festivities.
"Nothing," said Humphreys, in response to the amount of contact between himself and the Oregon staff. "I was going to try and go to the spring game, but they haven't reached out to me at all. I would like to go, but I'm not just going to invite myself down there. I'm not too worried about it right now. If they want me to visit, they will get in touch with me."