Oregon Ducks Football: Recruiting Analysis and a Look at Needs For 2010

Jeff KneisSenior Analyst IIIFebruary 3, 2009

QB: With four quarterbacks returning (five if Chris Harper gets another shot), including starter Jeremiah Masoli. Quarterback was not a concern for this year's class. Oregon was very selective in which quarterbacks they offered and they would likely only take a highly rated one.

Didn't choose Oregon but were offered: Tahj Boyd (Clemson), Richard Brehaut (UCLA), Tate Forcier (Michigan), and Jordan Reed (Florida). Tahj Boyd would have been a great addition, but with three junior and two sophomore quarterbacks coming back it is hard to blame him to look elsewhere for earlier playing time.

Still on the Board: None

Committed: Daryle Hawkins, Omaha, Nebraska. He committed to the Ducks late last night so his full story has yet to come out. It seems like he will get a shot at quarterback, much like Chris Harper, but is a fantastic athlete that could be moved to wide receiver down the line.

2010 Needs: With three to be seniors, and possible one red shirt sophomore, it would seem quarterback is much more of a need and two quarterback signings could be necessary.


RB: With LeGarrette Blount returning and having Alston and Crenshaw, who have some experience, running back looks like a strong position for next year.

LaMichael James impressed many in his redshirt year, so watch out for his immediate impact. It seems the Ducks could use another big running back, since Blount is a senior and there are no other returning running backs over 200 pounds.

Didn't choose Oregon but offered: Cierre Wood (Notre Dame), Dasarte Yarnway (California), Montrell Conner (Mississippi State), Cameron Marshall (Arizona State) and Kendrick Hardy (Southern Miss).

Dasarte Yarnway would have been a great fit in the offense, but chose to stay close to home.

Still on the Board: Bryce Brown. Getting the best player in the country is always a good thing and Bryce would provide an immediate impact if he decides to be a Duck.

Committed: None.

2010 Needs: With seniors Blount and Crenshaw there will only be two running backs left on the roster, another position where two commits will be necessary and more likely if Bryce Brown does not commit. Luckily 2010 is supposed to be an excellent running back class. The very fast Ethan Grant from Florida has already committed and is a good start to this class.

WR: With only seven returning scholarship receivers, the Ducks were looking to get a few more with a mix of ready to play junior college receivers and a few high school ones.

Offered but didn't choose Oregon: Too many to list. It seems Oregon was on the mind of many of the nations' top wide receiver recruits, but many chose to play elsewhere.

Still on the Board: Rolando Jefferson and Tyrece Gaines. Jefferson has said he won't announce until he is sure he will make it in to any of his choices academically. There were reports Gaines committed to Oregon, but I will not count him as a commit until the school receives his LOI.

Committed: Braxton Lane, Lavasier Tuinei, Tyrece Gaines, Nick Cole and Diante Jackson. One quick and one tall receiver. Hopefully the lure of the MLB and grades will not be issues for these players in signing with Oregon. Diante Jackson decided to stick with his original commitment and may compete for immediate playing time.

2010 Needs: There will be no more graduating wide receivers next year, but depth may still be an issue. Because the Ducks have so many sets with four or more receivers, a couple more receivers will most likely be needed in this class.

With Masoli becoming more comfortable throwing next season, hopefully more receivers will find Oregon an attractive place to play.


TE: With no tight ends graduating and four returning, tight end was not a position that needed any help. Ed Dickson is back, Malachi Lewis is getting more playing time and with NaDerris Ward able to play after transferring, tight end will be one of the strongest positions coming back.

Offered but didn't choose Oregon: Morrell Presley (UCLA). No harm in offering the number one tight end in the country. Could have been split out also as a wide receiver, but realistically was never going to come to Oregon.

Still on the Board: None

Committed: None

2010 Needs: With Ed Dickson graduating after next season, Oregon's depth should help fill in nicely. Not a huge concern, but if a good tight end is available, one may be taken.

OL: Losing three offensive linemen may seem like a concern to most, but the Ducks return nine scholarship players with a good amount of game experience. A few commits are needed to help continue the tradition of good Oregon offensive lines.

Offered but didn't choose Oregon: Taylor Lewan (Michigan), Charles Siddoway (Cal), Michael Phillip (Oregon State), Pete White (Undecided), and Stan Hasiak (Undecided). Oregon was in on a lot of the top offensive line prospects, but missed out on some of them.

Still on the Board: None

Committed: Everette Benyard, Trevor Fox, Karrington Armstrong and Jamaal Burrell. This is one position in which I am very confident in the players we signed. Coach Greatwood seems to always find great prospects, so I will trust these three will be great down the line.

2010 Needs: On the official roster there will be no graduating offensive linemen. It seems another offensive linemen or two would be helpful for Oregon's depth. Look for the Ducks to pick up some highly rated prospects as they can be highly selective.


DL: With only seven returning scholarship players, defensive line is one of the major units that needs help. Only Will Tukuafu is returning as a starter.

Offered but didn't choose Oregon: Way too many to list. All of the top defensive ends and defensive tackles from high school and junior college were offered by the Ducks.

Signing defensive linemen such as, highly rated high school recruit, Nick Kasa or Deandre Coleman would have been nice.

Still on the Board: None.

Committed: Defensive tackles Wade Keliikipi, Andrew Iupati, Terrance Montgomery and Justin Brown. A good group with some high school prospects to develop along with a few junior college transfers to play right away.

Defensive ends Anthony Anderson, Taylor Hart, Zac Clark, and Keaton Arden. Defensive end has more returning depth so a good group of high school players is needed. A pretty solid group that could develop in the next couple of years.

2010 Needs: High School defensive linemen again will be a must get with Tukuafu and Ferras being seniors. Curtis White has already committed and looks to be a very talented prospect that should help immediately when he gets onto campus

LB: With two of the three starting linebackers coming back and nine scholarship players, this is a very young but talented group.

Offered but didn't choose Oregon: The Ducks offered other linebackers but seem to have gotten their top targets. A five-star linebacker would have been amazing, but the three that committed have very impressive offers.

Still on the Board: None.

Committed: Bryson Littlejohn, Boseko Lokombo, and Michael Clay. A great mix of ready to play junior-college transfers (Littlejohn) and two athletic high school linebackers.

2010 Needs: No linebackers are leaving due to graduation, so the Ducks will not pursue many of them. If a highly rated prospect is interested, I am sure the coaching staff will make room for one more.


DB: Defensive back has been one of the most consistent position for the Ducks and has had great depth over the last few years. With 13 returning scholarship players the secondary should bounce back even with the loss of Chung and Byrd.

Offered but didn't choose Oregon: Anthony Leon (Arkansas) and Travis Hawkins (Maryland). Losing Leon because of alleged grade issues was tough, but I feel the class the Ducks brought in is very talented.

Still on the Board: None.

Committed: Cliff Harris, Avery Patterson, and Brian Jackson. Harris is a great player and could receive some immediate playing time and could be the second or third corner.

2010 Needs: With Thurmond, Glasper, and Ward graduating next year a lot of experience will be lost. A safety or two will be needed next class, but overall a talented young group will be coming back.


SPT: While losing the starting kicker and punter, the Ducks do return some players and have gone out and got a top high school punter and a place kicker.

Committed: Kicker Mike Bowlin and punter Jackson Rice. Bowlin will compete with Taylor for the punting job. Rice will compete with Flint and Padilla for the starting job.

2010 Needs: None