The Oregon Ducks secured a commitment from under-the-radar Southern California tight end Jacob Breeland on Tuesday, giving the team two prospects in its 2015 recruiting class. He pulled the trigger on a pledge days after spending time on campus in Eugene, per 247Sports reporter Justin Hopkins.
"We visited on Thursday and Friday but stayed through the weekend," Breeland told 247Sports. "We came home and prayed about it as a family and just knew Oregon was the place."
Breeland was a third-team All-Orange County selection at wide receiver as a junior. He converted from quarterback at Trabuco Hills High School, per Los Angeles Times writer Eric Sondheimer, and another positional switch likely awaits at Oregon.
Given his 6'5", 205-pound frame, a future at tight end is probably in the cards for Breeland. He has a frame to build on and already displays impressive physicality in traffic and near the line of scrimmage.
Breeland possesses deceptive downfield speed, presenting matchup issues for linebackers. Formidable size and reach give him an edge on elevated passes against defensive backs.
His versatile skill set shines on highlight film, which can be seen on Hudl.com.
Viewed as one of Southern California's surprise standouts of the 2013 season, Breeland's stock steadily rose throughout the fall. He led Trabuco Hills with 36 receptions for 753 yards and 11 touchdowns, per MaxPreps.
His yards-per-catch average (20.9) is a strong indication of legitimate playmaking abilities. Breeland eclipsed the 100-yard mark in three of 10 games, finishing his junior campaign with a season-high 139 receiving yards and two touchdowns in a 21-17 victory over San Clemente.
He has Division I football in his family history. Garrett Breeland, his father, played linebacker at USC and was selected by the Los Angeles Rams in the 1986 NFL draft.
The Ducks were the first team to offer Breeland, who seems content to close the book on his recruitment.
"I won't be taking any other visits. This is it for me," he told 247Sports. "I'll be back for my official visit in September during my bye but that will be it."
Breeland joins 4-star California offensive lineman Zach Okun in Oregon's 2015 class.
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