Oregon Ducks: Kain Daub

The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today's offerings: With the first edition of this year’s BCS rankings released Sunday, we take a look at how the top five teams in are faring on the college football recruiting trail.

The Opening, presented by Nike, will feature 162 of the best high school football players in the country. The event, which will include linemen, 7-on-7 and SPARQ testing competitions, is set to run from June 30 to July 3 at the Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Ore.

The following events from The Opening will be televised on ESPNU:

July 1: SPARQ Rating National Championship, 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. ET

July 2: 7-on-7 Pool Play, 9 p.m.-11:30 p.m. ET

July 3: Linemen Challenge Finals and 7-on-7 semifinal and championship games, 9 p.m.-midnight ET

The players will be divided in to six teams -- Alpha Pro, Apocalypse, Field Generals, Land Sharks, Super Bad and Vapor Carbon. Here is a closer look at how the teams match up.

Team: Alpha Pro
Coaches: Offensive coordinator Jordan Palmer, defensive coordinator Hardy Nickerson

The Alpha Pro team will have plenty of targets to spread the ball around. Ermon Lane and Tyler Luatua, the No. 1-ranked receiver and tight end in the country respectively, bring size and playmaking ability to the passing game. ESPN 300 athletes Corey Holmes, Jalen Hurd, John "JuJu" Smith, Ja'Von Harrison, and Derrell Scott are all explosive offensive weapons.

Defensively Alpha Pro is led by Andrew Brown, the No. 1-ranked defensive tackle in the country, ESPN 150 cornerback Damon Webb, defensive end Andrew Williams, Ohio State linebacker commit Dante Booker and LSU cornerback commit Chris Hardeman.

Complete Alpha Pro roster.

Team: Apocalypse
Coaches: Offensive coordinator Adam Tafralis, defensive coordinator Donovin Darius

The first thing that jumps out about team Apocalypse is the talent in the defensive front seven. Team Apocalypse will be led by five-star defensive end Da'Shawn Hand and inside linebacker Raekwon McMillan. Hand, from Woodbridge, Va., is the No. 4-ranked player in the country, while McMillan was recently bumped up to a five-star linebacker. Joining Hand and McMillan along the front seven are ESPN 300 defensive linemen Anthony Moten and Ainuu Taua, and linebackers D.J. Calhoun and Rashaan Evans.

Offensively, team Apocalypse has no shortage of playmakers. ESPN 300 wide receivers Artavis Scott, K.D. Cannon and Michiah Quick will provide explosiveness in the passing game, while athletic running backs Joe Mixon and Royce Freeman will provide athletic and reliable targets out of the backfield.

Complete Apocalypse roster.

Team: Field Generals
Coaches: Offensive coordinator Charlie Frye, defensive coordinator Michael Fletcher

Seven-on-seven events are always geared towards the offense, but with five-star defensive back Adoree' Jackson, No. 3-ranked safety Jamal Adams, and ESPN 300 cornerback Adarius Pickett in the secondary, the Field Generals should more than hold their own. New Ohio State defensive end commit Jalyn Holmes and the No. 6-ranked defensive end in the country, Solomon Thomas, will be two to watch along the defensive line.

Offensively, the Field Generals are led by ESPN 300 offensive guard Damien Mama, ESPN 300 wide receivers Austin Roberts and Thaddeus Snodgrass and explosive Notre Dame running back commit Elijah Hood.

Complete Field Generals roster.

Team: Landsharks
Coaches: Offensive coordinator Craig Nall, defensive coordinator Keith Bulluck

The Landsharks have some big-time talent along each line of scrimmage. Led by five-star offensive tackle Cameron Robinson, the Landsharks also feature ESPN 300 offensive guard Corey Martinez. ESPN 300 defensive linemen Gerald Willis III and Thomas Holley, as well as ESPN 300 defensive end Chad Thomas, will form a very physical and athletic defensive line.

In the secondary, the Landsharks will have three defensive backs -- Arrion Springs, Chris Lammons and Tony Brown -- that are ranked among the top 85 players in the country. The defense also features ESPN 150 linebacker Nyles Morgan.

Offensively, explosive running backs Dalvin Cook, a Florida commit, and Racean Thomas form a dangerous tandem out of the backfield, and wide receivers Travis Rudolph and Jalen Harvey are solid receiving threats.

Complete Landsharks roster.

Team: Superbad
Coaches: Offensive coordinator Dennis Gile, defensive coordinator Harold Nash Jr.

The Superbad defense line is led by five-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter and ESPN 150 defensive tackle Bijhon Jackson. The linebacking corp is stacked with three ESPN 300 members, including Clifton Garrett, Christian Miller and Edwin Freeman. Cornerback Jalen Tabor is the No. 19-ranked player in the country.

Offensively, Superbad has a huge advantage with the No. 1-ranked prospect in the country, running back Leonard Fournette. This team is loaded on offense, with wide receivers Drake Harris, Josh Malone and Speedy Noil all in the mix.

Complete Superbad roster.

Team: Vapor Carbon
Coaches: Offensive coordinator George Whitfield, defensive coordinator Chris Gizzi.

Vapor Carbon will be tough to throw against with defensive backs Quin Blanding, Naijiel Hale and Ed Paris roaming the field. The linebacker group is just as impressive, with Ohio State commit Kyle Berger, Kain Daub and Dillon Bates all leading the way.

The offense for Vapor Carbon could be lethal with running back Joseph Yearby and Nick Chubb in the backfield. Spreading out wide receivers T.V. Williams, Justin Brent and tight end Ian Bunting on the outside could prove to be an awesome combination for this squad.

Team Vapor Carbon has a lot of pieces to make a long run in the 7-on-7 tournament, but then again, every team is stacked in this competition.

Complete Vapor Carbon roster.
Kain DaubMiller Safrit/UnderArmourSunshine State standout LB Kain Daub is interested in Oregon.

The Oregon Ducks landed their first commitment in the Class of 2014 on Tuesday, and it was a big one. ESPN Watch List LB Jordan Hoiem (Waikuku, Hawaii/Baldwin) got his "dream" offer when Ducks defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti offered him over the phone. Hoiem didn't hesitate and gave the Ducks his pledge right then.

Hoiem's pledge makes two years in a row that the Ducks have kicked off their recruiting class by landing a member of the Watch List. Hoeim has always loved the Ducks but had yet to receive an offer. That's what made his commitment surprising. As soon as he received the offer, he jumped all over it. Could others follow suite and commit once they receive an Oregon offer?

We'll touch on that and other topics in this week's edition of the DuckNation Mailbag.


To continue reading this article you must be an Insider

Manny WilkinsErik McKinney/ESPNQuarterback Manny Wilkins has drawn attention from Oregon recently.

The offseason camp and combine circuit is well underway and one of the elite 7-on-7 tournaments in the West has already come and gone. New names are beginning to emerge, while college coaches and fans are becoming more familiar with some of the big names in the Class of 2014.

For the Oregon Ducks, their continued success looks to be paying dividends as many of the nation's top players -- including dozens of ESPN Watch List members -- have the Ducks listed among their early favorites.

With their latest scholarship offer being issued to an elite recruit from one of the nation's top high school programs, it has become evident that the Ducks are no longer a trendy program. They are here to stay.


To continue reading this article you must be an Insider

Oregon recruiting: Quick-hitters 

February, 27, 2013
2/27/13
11:26
AM ET
The Ducks keep hearing their name pop up on the lists of many of the nation's top prospects in the Class of 2014, making the top-fives of a couple of recruits over the past week.

They have yet to receive any commitments but are still in the process of issuing their first batch of offers. Here are a few tidbits from the past week as Oregon prepares for spring football. The Ducks will also be looking to set up some unofficial visits over the next few months


To continue reading this article you must be an Insider

LB Kain Daub has two out in front 

February, 23, 2013
2/23/13
1:15
PM ET

ESPN Watch List linebacker Kain Daub (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood) is zeroing in on two programs.

A former commitment to LSU, the 6-foot-2, 243-pound linebacker is still looking at the SEC West, but also an ACC program.


To continue reading this article you must be an Insider

Daub accepts UA Game invite 

January, 3, 2013
1/03/13
9:33
PM ET
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Kain Daub (Jacksonville, Fla./Sandalwood) is looking forward to putting his skills to the test.

At Friday's Under Armour Combine, Daub impressed enough to accepted an invitation to the 2014 Under Armour Game.

"That's really all I came out here for, to compete," he said. "I probably won't do all the combine stuff, but I want to compete and get better."

To continue reading this article you must be an Insider

SPONSORED HEADLINES

Impact Performance Nominees
The Capital One Cup Impact Performances of the Week include Colorado State's Dee Hart, Oregon's Marcus Mariota, East Carolina's Justin Hardy and Oklahoma's Samaje Perine.
VIDEO PLAYLIST video