Oregon Ducks: Racean Thomas

BRADENTON, Fla. -- ESPN 300 running back Racean Thomas (Oxford, Ala./Oxford) was one of the top performers on Saturday at the IMG 7on7 National Championships.

While in Florida, Thomas had a chance to visit both Florida and Florida State, and the 5-foot-10, 202-pound back came away impressed with both schools.

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.
HUEYTOWN, Ala. -- College coaches from across the country came to see ESPN 150 running back Racean Thomas (Oxford, Ala./Oxford) this spring, but it was the usual suspects -- Alabama and Auburn -- who were in attendance for his spring game on Saturday night.

The Alabama native didn’t disappoint. In two quarters of action, Thomas rushed seven times for 124 yards and two touchdowns. He took his first carry 73 yards for a score.

With that type of performance, it’s no surprise that new schools continue to enter the mix.


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Spring ball has come and gone and the Oregon coaches are on the recruiting trail. There were a lot of questions this week, and these are the three we chose to run with.

Steven R. (San Francisco, Calif.): What are your thoughts on the Ducks offering a quarterback that has never started a game at the high school level? I mean, don't get me wrong, Morgan Mahalak (Kentfield, Calif./Marin Catholic) looks like a player, and Marin Catholic kids can play, but it just seems like a risky move this early in the process. Is this a legitimate concern or am I being an over-reactive fan?


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ESPN 150 targets: Oregon 

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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

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Blair Angulo/WeAreSC.comWhether 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


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The Oregon Ducks are preparing for the start of spring ball, but that hasn't stopped them from keeping tabs on some of their prime targets in the Class of 2014.

An in-state target has been picking up steam on the recruiting trail and could receive more interest from the Ducks in the near future. A couple of 2015 targets have the Ducks near the top of their list, and one of them plans to visit Eugene this summer for the Oregon Football Camp.

With one 2014 commitment so far, the Ducks are scouring the country looking for new talent to emerge. At the end of spring ball, expect the Ducks to issue a large number of offers to prospects on the West Coast.

Here are a couple of quick-hit updates:


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Oregon recruiting: Quick hitters 

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Racean ThomasGreg Ostendorf/ESPN.comOregon recently offered standout 2014 RB Racean Thomas.

After issuing a few offers to prospects closer to home last week, the Oregon Ducks have made a push for some of the top recruits in the South. The Ducks are also hard at work in their pursuit of some of the best recruits in the West. It has already paid off in a big way as the Ducks went way out west and got on the recruiting board with their first 2014 commitment on Tuesday.


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RB Racean Thomas adds coveted offer 

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ESPN Watch List running back Racean Thomas (Oxford, Ala./Oxford) already has over a dozen scholarship offers, a list that includes the majority of the SEC, but there was one school he recently said he was still hoping to hear from.


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Watch List RB names a top two 

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ATLANTA -- After rushing for 1,768 yards and 24 touchdowns as a junior, ESPN Watch List running back Racean Thomas (Oxford, Ala./Oxford) had little need to come out for Saturday's Nike SPARQ Combine. His recruitment has already taken off, with offers from programs such as Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, LSU and USC. With less than favorable conditions, Thomas still came out to compete with over 1,700 other recruits.


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