Oregon Ducks Football Recruiting: Updates on 2014 Commits and Targets

Brandon Oliver@@BOatBRContributor IJanuary 4, 2014

Oregon Ducks Football Recruiting: Updates on 2014 Commits and Targets

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    Mark Helfrich will need help from his staff in January to finish out his first full recruiting class with a bang.
    Mark Helfrich will need help from his staff in January to finish out his first full recruiting class with a bang.Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

    Committed

    Jalen Brown

    Brown is a 4-star wide receiver who's ranked No. 142 overall. The U.S. Army All-American is ranked as the No. 23 WR. Brown hails from Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe.

    He's 6'2'' and weighs 190 pounds.

    Brown graduated from high school early, and, in anticipation of enrolling at Oregon in January, he signed a financial aid agreement with Oregon in November.

     

    Charles Nelson

    Nelson is a 3-star athlete from Daytona Beach (Fla.) Seabreeze who holds over 20 offers. He is ranked as the No. 40 athlete in the country and has been recruited at running back, wide receiver and defensive back.

    Despite checking in at just 5'8.5," 170 pounds, Nelson was a high priority for a number of top programs due to his elite speed. Nelson is the type of player Oregon likes to sign because of his potential impact on offense, defense or special teams.

     

    Targets  

    John Smith

    The 5-star athlete is considered to be future safety, but has the potential to be a star on offense as well.

     

    Analysis

    Brown is among the top receivers in the country and will give the Ducks a big target to block and catch the ball. Nelson is more a utility player than a true receiver, but we'll put him here for now.

    After Budda Baker dropped out of the class the Ducks did well to replace him with the Florida speedster.

    Smith is likely destined for a spot on defense, but Oregon has a history of taking its most talented athletes and putting them on offense.

Latest News

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    Offensive coordinator Scott Frost has a loaded group of offensive stars coming in for 2014, and more could be on the way.
    Offensive coordinator Scott Frost has a loaded group of offensive stars coming in for 2014, and more could be on the way.Steve Dykes/Getty Images

    The Ducks signed three junior college prospects in the mid-year signing period in December and also reached a financial aid agreement with a high school wide receiver, who is already enrolled in school in Eugene.

    The players they signed are:

    • Haniteli Lousi from San Mateo (Calif.) College of San Mateo signed on Dec. 18, 2013. The 6'5", 295-pound Lousi is considered to be the top offensive guard at the JUCO level.
    • Cornerback Dominique Harrison is a 6'0", 185-pound defender and is considered the No. 9 cornerback in the JUCO ranks. 
    • Contra Costa (Calif.) College defensive end Tui Talia was among the most heavily recruited junior college players in the nation this year. The Ducks won the battle when he signed with them, and they will benefit from having him in the mix to help shore up holes in the defensive line in 2014.
    • Wide receiver Jalen Brown of Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe signed a financial aid agreement with Oregon in November and plans to enroll at Oregon in January. The U.S. Army All-American receiver is the No. 232 player overall in the 247Sports.com Top247.

     

    -In somewhat of a surprise announcement, Oregon added former USC defensive line commit Austin Maloata of Corona (Calif.) Centennial. On Saturday, 247Sports.com's Justin Hopkins reported that Maloata actually committed to Oregon earlier in the week, while the Ducks' coaches were in his home.

    The talented big man gives the Ducks another defensive linemen, which they have been searching high and low for. His commitment gives the Ducks 18 known verbal commitments with just three days remaining until signing day.

    -The Ducks gained a verbal commitment from Florida speedster Charles Nelson while he was on his official visit in Eugene last weekend. Nelson might be on the smaller side, but the news is huge for the Ducks as they look to replace De'Anthony Thomas.

    Nelson has offers from in-state schools Florida and Miami, power programs USC, Wisconsin and Notre Dame. In all, Nelson chose the Ducks over offers from nearly 30 schools and could be the next undersized weapon in Oregon's arsenal.

    -The Ducks didn't get a commitment from their top remaining defensive line target, DT Trey Lealaimatafao from San Antonio (Warren), but they did secure a spot in his final three. The former Texas commit will have three hats on the table when he announces at the International Bowl this weekend.

    LSU, UCLA and Oregon will all be represented on the table and all three are hoping for his commitment.

    -Another defensive tackle target with Texas ties is off the board for the Ducks as junior college DT Rika Levi cancelled his official visit to Oregon per 247Sports and appears to be sticking win his commitment to Texas Tech.

    -Safety Khalil Oliver, Meridian (ID) Rocky Mountain took an official visit to Oregon last weekend and according to the 247Sports "Crystal Ball," the Ducks are now the favorite to land the talented athlete.

    The former Boise State commit is still considering the Broncos, but according to 247Sports, the 3-star prospect is likely down to Oregon and Washington.

Quarterbacks

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    With Marcus Mariota returning in 2014, incoming recruit Morgan Mahalak will have a great mentor from whom to learn.
    With Marcus Mariota returning in 2014, incoming recruit Morgan Mahalak will have a great mentor from whom to learn.Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

    Verbally Committed

    Morgan Mahalak

    Mahalak, a 6'3", 190-pound dual-threat quarterback, has a 247Sports Composite 4-star ranking. He's No. 168 overall, and he's the No. 5 dual-threat QB. Hailing from Marin Catholic in California, he played in the Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 2.

    Despite not having started a high school game, Mahalak received a handful of offers before the one he always wanted arrived. After committing to Oregon, Mahalak earned his way to Nike's "The Opening" and the Elite 11 finals, where he gained valuable experience.

    After sitting behind Jared Goff, who had a strong season as a true freshman starter for Cal, at Marin Catholic, Mahalak had a fantastic season, giving Oregon fans a glimpse of what his future might hold.

     

    2014 Stats

    Passing: 160-of-260, 2,795 YDS, 38 TDs, 4 INTs

    Rushing: 82 attempts, 575 YDS, 7 TDs

    Mahalak highlights

     

    Analysis

    After reaching for the stars in pursuing Clemson commit Deshaun Watson, the Ducks took a step back and re-evaluated their options at quarterback. While recruiting Goff last year, the coaches noticed Mahalak and kept in touch with him as he matured at the position. Once they saw what they needed out of him, they extended an offer and he quickly accepted.

    Mahalak has loads of potential, and a year to compete with Jake Rodrigues and Jeff Lockie while sitting behind Marcus Mariota will do wonders for his development.

    With Mahalak on board, the Ducks are done at the position for the class of 2014.

Running Backs

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    The Ducks could lose RB De'Anthony Thomas, but they have a pair of elite backs coming in next season.
    The Ducks could lose RB De'Anthony Thomas, but they have a pair of elite backs coming in next season.Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

    Verbally Committed

    Royce Freeman

    Freeman, the No. 8 rushing back, has a 4-star ranking and is No. 50 overall. He played in the U.S. Army All-American on Jan. 4. At 5'11.5" and 215 pounds, Freeman hails from Imperial (Calif.) High School.

    Freeman plays in the middle of the desert in Southern California, but there is a reason schools like Alabama and Florida State extended him early offers. Similar to the nation's top back, Leonard Fournette, Freeman has an NFL body and the skills to complement his frame.

    Simply put, his commitment is huge for the Ducks, and he looks to be the future workhorse in the Oregon backfield.

     

    2013 Stats

    Rushing: 283 attempts, 2,824 YDS, 41 TDs

    Receiving: 8 receptions, 116 YDS, 2 TDs

    Freeman highlights

     

    Tony James

    A 3-star all-purpose back who committed to Oregon in September, James is ranked No. 265 overall, and he's the No. 6 all-purpose back. At 5'10'' and 175 pounds, the Gainesville (Fla.) High School player is set to participate in the Semper-Fi All American Bowl on Jan. 5.

    The dynamic back surprised many when he committed to the Ducks, despite having long considered Oregon to be his dream school. He holds offers from in-state powers Florida, Florida State and Miami, as well as Auburn, Ohio State, Nebraska and Ole Miss, among others.

    James is in the mold of a former Oregon running back by a similar name. He shares the speed and cutback ability of former Duck LaMichael James, while possessing the ability to run inside at a level similar to the current San Francisco 49er.

     

    2013 Stats

    1,242 YDS, 9 TDs

    James highlights

     

    Targets

    The Ducks would still likely take a commitment from a player like Joe Mixon or Derrell Scott, but in all likelihood, Oregon is done at the position for this class.

     

    Analysis

    Regardless of what happens with De'Anthony Thomas, the Ducks will be absolutely loaded at running back if they are able to keep Freeman and James in the class. With Byron Marshall, Thomas Tyner and the two freshmen, the Ducks will have a full house of potential stars in the backfield, with each player possessing a different skill set.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

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    The departure of Josh Huff makes wide receiver an important position for the Ducks in the class of 2014.
    The departure of Josh Huff makes wide receiver an important position for the Ducks in the class of 2014.Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

    Committed

    Jalen Brown

    Brown is a 4-star wide receiver who's ranked No. 142 overall. The U.S. Army All-American is ranked as the No. 23 WR. Brown hails from Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe.

    He's 6'2'' and weighs 190 pounds.

    Brown graduated from high school early, and, in anticipation of enrolling at Oregon in January, he signed a financial aid agreement with Oregon in November.

     

    Charles Nelson

    Nelson is a 3-star athlete from Daytona Beach (Fla.) Seabreeze who holds over 20 offers. He is ranked as the No. 40 athlete in the country and has been recruited at running back, wide receiver and defensive back.

    Despite checking in at just 5'8.5," 170 pounds, Nelson was a high priority for a number of top programs due to his elite speed. Nelson is the type of player Oregon likes to sign because of his potential impact on offense, defense or special teams.

     

    Targets  

    John Smith

    The 5-star athlete is considered to be future safety, but has the potential to be a star on offense as well.

     

    Analysis

    Brown is among the top receivers in the country and will give the Ducks a big target to block and catch the ball. Nelson is more a utility player than a true receiver, but we'll put him here for now.

    After Budda Baker dropped out of the class the Ducks did well to replace him with the Florida speedster.

    Smith is likely destined for a spot on defense, but Oregon has a history of taking its most talented athletes and putting them on offense.

Offensive Line

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    Oregon returns most of the offensive line in 2014, but the team needs to add depth and talent for 2015 and beyond.
    Oregon returns most of the offensive line in 2014, but the team needs to add depth and talent for 2015 and beyond.Steve Dykes/Getty Images

    Already Signed

    Haniteli Louisi 

    A 4-star offensive guard, Louisi is the 247Sports Composite No. 20 JUCO player and the No. 1 OG.

    From San Mateo, Calif., he's 6'5'' and 295 pounds.

    Louisi is one of three JUCO prospects to sign with the Ducks as mid-year transfers in December. As 247Sports' No. 1 offensive guard, Louisi is one of the top JUCO players in the country and should compete for a starting job right away.

    Lousi highlights

     

    Verbally Committed

    Tyrell Crosby

    A 3-star offensive tackle from Henderson, Nev., Crosby is 6'5" and 290 pounds. He's ranked by 247Sports Composite as the No. 32 OT and the No. 1 player in Nevada.

    Crosby was the first commit in the class for the Ducks after being targeted early on by offensive line coach Steve Greatwood. He isn't the highest-rated prospect, but Florida and USC are among the schools to have made a push for the top player from the Silver State. His size and athleticism make him a great fit for Oregon's offense.

    Crosby highlights

     

    Braden Eggert

    A 3-star offensive tackle, Eggert is ranked by 247Sports Composite as the No. 53 player in California and the No. 55 OT.

    At 6'7" and 305 pounds, he hails from Napa (Calif.) High School.

    The massive lineman committed to the Ducks in November after visiting in October. He hails from the same high school as former Oregon safety John Boyett and has shown no signs of wavering on his commitment, despite visiting Washington State the week after he gave his pledge to the Ducks.

    Eggert highlights

     

    Targets 

    Oregon's top remaining offensive line targets both committed to other programs in the past few days. The 247Sports "crystal ball" had been projecting Nick Gates of Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman to Texas A&M before he cmmitted to Nebraska. 247Sports' crystal ball was projecting Kolton Miller of Roseville (Calif.) High School to Oregon State before he committed to UCLA.

     

    Analysis

    Three seniors who contributed in 2013 are moving on, and the Ducks will lose Hroniss Grasu, Jake Fisher, Hamani Stevens and possibly Tyler Johnstone after 2014. With at least six spots opening up between now and the 2015 season, there is a definite need for offensive linemen with this class.

    The Ducks hope Lousi can come in and contribute right away on the interior of the line. If he is able to adjust to the Division 1 level quickly, the Ducks should have one of their best and deepest groups ever.

Defensive Line

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    Defensive line recruiting is always key for the Ducks, but the loss of Taylor Hart makes it even more important this year.
    Defensive line recruiting is always key for the Ducks, but the loss of Taylor Hart makes it even more important this year.Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

    Already Signed

    Tui Talia

    From Pleasant Hill (Calif.) Diablo Valley College, the 3-star strong-side defensive end is 6'5" and 265 pounds.

    Talia signed with the Ducks during the mid-year signing period and will be enrolled for winter term. Talia chose the Ducks despite being a top target for Baylor, Washington, Missouri, Nebraska and more.

    Tui Talia highlights

     

    Verbally Committed

    Henry Mondeaux

    A 3-star defensive end/tight end, Mondeaux is ranked as the No. 3 player in Oregon. 247Sports Composite lists him as the No. 21 tight end.

    The 6'4", 255-pounder comes from Portland (Ore.) Jesuit and has the ability to be an impact player at tight end, defensive end, linebacker or even as a defensive tackle once he adds more weight. 

    Mondeaux emerged as a star over the summer when he stood out among the nation's best recruits at Nike's "The Opening." 

     

    Jalen Jelks

    The 3-star defensive tackle is the No. 15 player in Arizona and the No. 47 DT, according to 247Sports Composite.

    From Phoenix (Ariz.) Desert Vista, he's 6'7'' and weighs 260 pounds.

    A big and versatile athleteJelks fits the mold of a typical Oregon defensive lineman. He can play inside or out on the end and will likely do both in Oregon's system. Jelks holds offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Oregon State, Nebraska, Tennessee and Wisconsin.

    Jalen Jelks highlights 

     

    Justin Hollins

    A 3-star weak-side defensive end from Arlington (Texas) Martin, Hollins is ranked by 247Sports Composite as the No. 100 player in Texas and the No. 40 DE.

    He's 6'5'' and weighs 215 pounds.

    Despite holding offers from Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Missouri, Hollins committed to the Ducks over the Sooners after an official visit to Eugene, Ore. Hollins is expected to play the hybrid defensive end-outside linebacker position for the Ducks, similar to Dion Jordan and Tony Washington.

    Justin Hollins highlights

     

    Austin Maloata

    The 3-star defensive star is a former USC commit, who opened up his recruitment after Steve Sarkisian took over the USC program. It may have been his choice or the Trojans' choice. Either way, it is the Ducks who will benefit in the long run.

    Maloata is a raw prospect who has the frame, athleticism and intensity to become an impact player early in his career.Once he learns how to utilize his strengths, learns better technique and gets more reps, he could become one of the most important pieces of this class.

    Austin Maloata highlights

     

    Targets 

    Trey Lealaimatafao

    A 3-star defensive tackle, Lealaimatafao is a U.S. Army All-American who's ranked the No. 52 player in Texas and the No. 36 DT, according to 247Sports Composite.

    From San Antonio's Warren High School, he's 6'0" and weighs 301 pounds.

    Lealaimatafao was committed to the Texas Longhorns until late November. He still considers Texas his leader, but he has visited UCLA, Arizona State and Ole Miss since softening his commitment to the Longhorns. 

    There have been two significant events since he opened things up, which could impact his future. The coaching change in Austin could play a big role, as he might not mesh with the new staff and the staff could decide not to honor his pledge if they prefer another player.

    He received an offer from the Ducks in mid-December and the long-awaited offer could have him headed to Eugene, Ore., for an official visit. He is hoping to visit Oregon officially sometime in January, and if he does, the Ducks could pull the big man to the Northwest.

    Biggest competition for his commitment: LSU, UCLA

     

    Ratu Mafileo

    The Ducks are making a late move on the 6'3," 310 pound sleeper from Hawaii, who was teammates with Clemson freshman defensive tackle Scott Pagano. According to Duck Territory's Matt Prehm, the Ducks are awaiting word on Mafileo's grades. If he is able to gain admittance to the university, the Ducks will offer him a scholarship, to which Mafileo told Prehm, "As soon as they offer I am going to commit."

    Landing a big man in the middle is of the utmost importance in this class and it sounds like the Ducks will land on regardless of what happens with Lealaimatafao and the Ducks' other tagets.

    Ratu Mafileo highlights

     

      

    Analysis

    Oregon is always searching for defensive linemen, and after getting run all over by Stanford and Arizona, it is even more important in this recruiting cycle. The Ducks lose three major contributors up front, but they do have plenty of experienced backups ready to step in.

    Talia should step in right away and help solidify the defensive front, while Jelks and Hollins have the skill sets to be contributors in the future. The Ducks would like to add one or two more big bodies in the middle.

Linebackers

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    True freshman LB Tyrell Robinson came out of high school last year and made an immediate impact for the Ducks in 2013.
    True freshman LB Tyrell Robinson came out of high school last year and made an immediate impact for the Ducks in 2013.Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

    Verbally Committed

     

    Jimmie Swain

    A 4-star outside linebacker, Swain is ranked as the No. 300 overall player and the No. 23 OLB, according to 247Sports Composite.

    The athletic linebacker hails from Olathe (Kansas) North. At 6'3" and 229 pounds, he will add size and speed to the steadily improving linebacker group in Eugene. The former TCU commit announced for the Ducks during the telecast of Sunday's Sepmer Fidelis All-American Bowl.

    Swain highlights

     

    Justin Hollins is listed as a defensive end, but he will play the Ducks' hybrid position, which equates to a 3-4 linebacker.

    Targets

    Vincent Jackson

    Jackson is a 3-star outside linebacker and tight end who's ranked as the No. 48 OLB and the No. 99 player in Florida, according to 247Sports Composite.

    From Tampa (Fla.) Jesuit, he's 6'2" and weighs 235 pounds.

    Jackson has already visited Texas Tech and plans to visit a number of schools in January. He has offers from some of the best programs in the country, including Alabama, Ohio State and Auburn, but he seems mostly focused on South Florida and Oregon.

    If the Ducks are able to get him on campus for an official visit, they could have a good shot at pulling him away from the hometown Bulls.

    Biggest Competition for Commitment: South Florida

    Jackson highlights

     

    Analysis

    The Ducks will be without Boseko Lokombo going forward, but Derrick Malone and Rodney Hardrick will return. Both starters improved greatly in 2013 and will lead the way for a talented group of young athletes at linebacker.

    The Ducks have Hollins on board to play the outside linebacker/rush-end position, but they would like to add another interior linebacker to this class. Swain is more along the lines of an edge-rusher with great closing speed who can play in space. Jackson is probably better in traffic and run support.

    Jackson is the type of linebacker the Ducks need to recruit. He is capable of doing it all on the field, but he has the size and strength to make an impact near the line in run defense.

    Swain was the top priority and the Ducks were thrilled to earn his commitment on Sunday. The former TCU commit is a big, athletic linebacker who will fit in nicely with Tyson Coleman, Rahim Cassell, Joe Walker, Torrodney Prevot, Tyrell Robinson, Oshay Dunmore and Danny Mattingly to create a formidable linebacker corps over the next few seasons.

Defensive Backs

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    The Ducks lose both starting safeties and could lose both starting corners to early entry into the NFL.
    The Ducks lose both starting safeties and could lose both starting corners to early entry into the NFL.Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

    Already Signed

    Dominique Harrison

    The 3-star cornerback is ranked as the No. 128 overall JUCO player and the No. 14 CB, according to 247Sports Composite.

    From Tracy (Calif.) Contra Costa College, he's 6'0" and weighs 185 pounds.

    Harrison signed with the Ducks in December and plans to enroll for winter term. Depending on what the Ducks' current starting cornerback tandem chooses to do, Harrison could make an immediate impact in 2014.

     

    Verbally Committed

    Arrion Springs

    A 4-star cornerback Springs is ranked No. 62 overall player and the No. 8 CB.

    The  5'11'', 195-pound Under Armour All-American is from San Antonio (Texas) Roosevelt.

    As the No. 3 cornerback and No. 21 overall prospect in the country, Springs is the Ducks' highest-rated commit, according to 247Sports.com. Florida State and Texas have continued to pursue the physical defender, but Oregon has always been his dream school, and all indications are that he'll stick with his commitment.

      

    Glen Ihenacho

    The 3-star safety from Junipero Serra in Gardena, Calif., is 6'0" and weighs 185 pounds. He's ranked as the No. 71 player in the state and the No. 64 safety, according to 247Sports Composite.

    Ihenacho committed to the Ducks shortly after his official visit to Eugene, Ore., in November, but he is still going through the process. Ihenacho visited Colorado in December and has a visit to Miami scheduled for late January. He appears to be making sure of his decision and is expected to remain committed to the Ducks.

     

    Targets

     

    John Smith

    The 5-star safety is ranked the No. 13 overall player and the No. 2 athlete, according to 247Sports Composite.

    From Long Beach (Calif.) Poly, Smith is 6'1" and 200 pounds.

    Smith likes Oregon and would be a perfect fit on either side of the ball for the Ducks, but Notre Dame, UCLA and USC remain the front-runners. After visiting Oregon in late October, Smith went to Alabama on an official visit and has been on numerous unofficial visits to see the Bruins and Trojans up close. He will officially visit USC on Jan. 17, which could seal the deal for the local school.

    Biggest Competition for Commitment: Notre Dame, UCLA, USC

     

    Mattrell McGraw

    The 3-star safety is ranked the No. 17 player in Louisiana and the No. 29 safety, according to 247Sports Composite.

    From River Ridge (LA) John Curtis, he's 5'11" and 180 pounds.

    The talented defender can play either corner or safety, making him a prefect fit in a versatile defense like Oregon. The Ducks have been the favorite since extending an offer and still look to be in good shape to sign the playmaking defensive back. He will visit Ohio State and Florida State in mid-January, but the biggest threat to Oregon is a trip to UCLA a week before signing day.

    Biggest Competition for Commitment: Florida State, Ohio State, UCLA

     

    Khalil Oliver

    The 6'0." 185 pound safety is ranked as the No. 7 player in Idaho for the class of 2014. The 3-star was committed to Boise State until Chris Peterson left the program to take over at Washington.

    Since then, Oliver has opened things up and is looking to make his choice between the Broncos, the Huskies and the Ducks.

    Being so close to Boise, Oliver has yet to officially visit the school he was previously committed to. Oliver told Lars Hanson of 247Sports' Washington site, Realdawg.com, that he was unsure if he will officially visit Boise State.

    "Not sure yet just because we're so close and I can go down any day and speak with them," Oliver said.

    After visiting Seattle this past weekend, Oliver will make the trip to Eugene on Jan. 24 to see the Oregon program up close. 

    Based on what Oliver told Hanson, it appears to be an even race between the trio of programs from the Northwest.

    "Right now nobody is in the lead," he said. "Boise State, Oregon and Washington are all right there. I just want to evaluate all options fully."

    Khalil Oliver highlights

    Biggest Competition for Commitment: Boise State, Washington

     

    Analysis

    The Ducks are in need of reinforcements in the secondary, as they will enter spring ball without at least three starters from their 2013 unit. The Ducks have some veteran backups, but only safety Erick Dargan is a proven commodity, and he will be a senior in 2014.

    Springs is the type of player who can come in and start from Day 1. If Ifo Ekpre-Olomu follows Terrance Mitchell to the NFL, the Ducks might need Springs to do just that.

    As is often the case with JUCO players, Harrison is the wild card. If he comes in ready to compete and uses spring ball to adjust to the BCS level, he could become a major part of the Oregon defense.

    Landing a player like Smith out of a Southern California powerhouse would benefit the Ducks for many reasons. Smith hails from Long Beach Poly, the legendary program that has sent a few players to Oregon over the years. Smith is in the same mold as Lee, in that he could be a standout safety or an elite wide receiver.

    Landing either of the 5-star athletes would not only give the Ducks a huge boost on the field in 2014 but also on the recruiting trail.

Special Teams

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    Of all teams, the Oregon Ducks know just how important an individual player can be on special teams.
    Of all teams, the Oregon Ducks know just how important an individual player can be on special teams.Harry How/Getty Images

    Verbally Committed

    Tanner Carew

    Crew is the No. 2 long snapper in the country, according to 247Sports Composite.

    The U.S. Army All-American, who hails from La Verne (Calif.) Damien, is 6'2" and weighs 215 pounds.

    It isn't often that a program extends a full scholarship offer to a long snapper. It is even rarer when it comes early in the process. After the Ducks saw Crew perform at their camp, they knew they had to get him, so they quickly extended an offer. He accepted and hasn't wavered since.

     

    Analysis

    Carew is likely the only specialist the Ducks will pursue in the class of 2014 after signing Matt Wogan in 2013. Wogan took over the place-kicking duties from Alejandro Maldonado, who took over at punter. Maldonado is now done at Oregon, and Wogan has the ability to take over the punting duties as well. If not Wogan, it will be Dylan Ausherman.

    Carew might not be the most exciting commit for the fans, but locking down an elite specialist like him is very important for the recruiting class.