Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Oregon keeping tabs on in-state talent
By Brandon Oliver
Under Chip Kelly, the Oregon Ducks made it a priority to lock up the top in-state players as early as possible. Among the nation's top programs, the Ducks have perhaps the thinnest crop of in-state talent every year, but in recent years the talent level has improved slightly. The Ducks have been able to keep most of the few top recruits inside of the border in the past couple of years. The Class of 2014 doesn't have any players the caliber of Thomas Tyner or Evan Voeller, but there are a few locals who could earn an Oregon offer:
DE Connor Humphreys (Portland, Ore./Central Catholic): The 6-foot-4, 255-pound Humphreys has four offers, from Arizona State, Oregon State, Portland State and Wyoming. Arkansas, Cal, Duke, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, Vanderbilt and Washington are all showing interest in the state's top defensive line prospect. Oregon offensive line coach Steve Greatwood has been by the school to touch base, but Oregon has shown little interest to this point. The Ducks will have close tabs on him throughout the spring and summer.
OLB Joey Alfieri (Portland, Ore./Jesuit): The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Alfieri has grown since last offseason and plays for one of the state's top programs. The Ducks signed Jesuit's Doug Brenner in the 2013 class and also have starting WR Keanon Lowe out of the Portland-area powerhouse. Alfieri currently holds offers from Oregon State and Washington but is hearing from the Ducks, Alabama, Arizona State, Boise State, Cal, Michigan, Missouri, Stanford and UCLA. Alfieri would fill a big need at linebacker for the Ducks and will likely wind up as the top player in the state.
TE/DE Henry Mondeaux (Portland, Ore./Jesuit): Like his teammate Alfieri, the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Mondeaux has early offers from Oregon State and Washington. He also has been in contact with programs from around the country. Most programs are recruiting him as a tight end. Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Cal, Duke, Missouri, Nebraska, Oregon, Stanford, Tennessee, UCLA, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin have all been in touch with him. The Ducks have told him they like his potential at TE, DE and LB and if history is worth anything, the Ducks love to sign athletes and let his position sort itself out once he arrives on campus.
ATH Kenyatta Dunmore (Eugene, Ore./Sheldon): You might see him referred to as Yadie Dunmore. The 6-foot, 180-pound athlete is the younger brother of Oregon redshirt freshman Oshay Dunmore. Kenyatta Dunmore moved to Eugene from Newport (Ore.) with his mother after his brother enrolled at Oregon. As a newcomer to the state's high level and the state's top program, Dunmore made a smooth transition to the biggest stage in the state. He doesn't appear to be as tall as his older brother, who stands at 6-foot-3, but he is a playmaker that can do it all. Time will tell if he develops enough to reach the level necessary to receive an offer from the Ducks.