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Fast and elusive, Taj Griffin stands out as a football wonder

When Taj Griffin was 14, he left his home in Georgia for a national AAU track meet in Lousiana, a competition that featured 12,000 age-group athletes from the United States and Puerto Rico. Bob Beamon and Lolo Jones were there to hand out medals and congratulate the winners. Then just a middle-schooler, Griffin won the […]

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Oregon football recruiting: Zach Okun a nimble protector with a bright future

In landing 6-3, 327-lb. Zach Okun from Newbury Park, California, Steve Greatwood ushers in a new era in Oregon football recruiting. No clumsy SEC hunk of beef: Zach Okun can drive the pile, but he's a nimble athlete rather than an immobile hog-mollie, an ideal fit for the versatile Oregon offense of the future (Photo […]

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For Valentine’s Day, the Oregon coaches should be sending love to Jacob Daniel

If there's one must-get recruit in the 2015 class, it's  four-star defensive tackle Jacob Daniel of Clovis North High School in Fresno. He's 6-5 300 pounds, mobile, agile and agressive. He dominates the line of scrimmage, pushes opponents backward and knocks them down. Powerful and quick, he's a true difference-maker on the defensive front, and […]

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Recruiting review: Oregon stars likely to shine brighter over time

by DSH contributing writer Eric Sloat Another National Signing Day has come and gone, across the country fans are caring more about stars than any astronomy major does during finals. It’s great when your team has a galaxy full of them, but it really isn’t as important as ESPN, Scout and Rivals all want people […]

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Ducks pluck another one from USC, 3-star defensive lineman

The Trojans were his dream school, but sometimes dreams have to be adjusted.  After he relocated from American Samoa last March to Centennial High in Corona, California, Austin Maloata jumped at a USC offer in May. Ed Orgeron liked his size and quickness, the way he charged out of a three-point stance with a low, […]

New Duck commit Nelson has the speed, shiftiness and hands of this Duck legend

Slot receiver/running back/returner Charles Nelson gave his verbal commitment to Oregon coaches over the weekend, confirmed in interviews with the Oregonian, Daytona Beach News-Journal and several recruiting websites. His pledge makes 17 commitments for the Ducks, after Budda Baker backed out of a UO scholarship offer just 10 days ago.   Nelson is equally fast […]

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Ratu Mafileo could fill a big hole in Oregon recruiting picture

Finally another terrific defensive tackle prospect. He's 6-3 and a nephew of Haloti Ngata. Powerful and disruptive, Ratu Mafileo of Moanalua High School in Hawaii had 8 sacks and 39 tackles for loss as a senior. He benches 345 and squats 565. Justin Hopkins of Duck Territory reported that new UO linebacker coach Erik Chinander […]

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Compelling Florida talent may or may not be visiting, depending on who you believe

He caught three touchdowns in the Florida State 8A Championship game, and for the season, 42 balls for an eye-catching 1052 yards and 15 scores. That's 25 yards a catch. C.J. Worton plays with flair. A 3-star leaper with great timing at 6-1, 175, he goes up and takes the ball on fade routes, plucks […]

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Oregon football recruiting: Kahlil is the real deal

Visiting this weekend, Kahlil Oliver of Meridian, Idaho is another under-the-radar athlete that Duck fans may learn to love in the next few years. Oliver stands out as a 6-0, 185-lb. safety/linebacker who attacks the football and finishes plays. He's relentless. He takes on the quarterback, forces the pitch, then downs the pitch man. He […]

Oregon Duck recruiting: while Budda loses faith, Charles Nelson is on a mission

Last week Budda Baker decided Oregon wasn't a good fit for him, but speedy Florida athlete Charles Nelson might just find it a perfect match. Nelson visits this weekend along with Idaho safety Khalil Oliver and defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao. No, not that Charles Nelson… The star running back/receiver/returner/defensive back from the Seabreeze Sandcrabs of […]

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Trey Lealaimatafao decommits from Texas, could be another big get for Ducks

Three-star defensive linemen Trey Lealaimatafao announced via Twitter this afternoon that he was decommitting from the Texas Longhorns, opening up his recruiting after wealthy boosters trashed the hiring of Louisville coach Charley Strong to replace Mack Brown (photo courtesy Army All-American Bowl.) The 6-2, 301-lb. defensive tackle could fill a critical need for the Ducks, […]

Oregon football recruiting: Jimmie Swain scouting report

Sunday night the Ducks solidified their recruiting class with their 17th commitment, Jimmie Swain, a 6-3, 230-lb. linebacker from Olathe North High School in Olathe, Kansas. Swain announced on Fox Sports 1 during the second quarter of the Semper Fi Bowl held at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California. He'd committed to Oregon coaches […]

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Ducks sign three from Juco ranks; may not be done

Three Oregon commits made it official today by signing letters of intent to play for UO. December 18th is the first day junior college players can sign, and CB Dominique Harrison, defensive end Tua Talia and offensive guard Haniteli Lousi all followed on their verbal pledges by faxing in their letters to the Oregon football […]

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