Oregon Football: Top New Recruits and What to Expect
What will become of the 2013 recruiting class for the Oregon Ducks and can this football program be as talented as they have been these past four seasons?
With the changing of the guard in the Oregon football program from Chip Kelly to Mark Helfrich, there were a lot of questions concerning recruits switching their decisions from Oregon to go to other schools.
It turns out, Oregon will be just fine on national signing day. The only notable recruit the Ducks lost was verbal commit Dontre Wilson, a 4-star athlete, who decided to take his talents to Ohio State instead.
Oregon has a lot of talent coming in from this 2013 recruiting class, but are still ranked 36th nationally.
Let's take a look at a few of Oregon's top recruits and what each recruit can contribute to one of the best football programs in the country.
1. Thomas Tyner
Thomas Tyner breaks away from a tackle. (Doug Beghtel, The Oregonian)
Running back Thomas Tyner (Aloha, OR/Aloha High School)
Thomas Tyner is the 5-recruit that not just the coaches wanted, but what every person at the University of Oregon wanted.
In mid-October, he decommited for a little bit, but quickly after verbally committed back to the Ducks.
There is not much you can say about this kid. He has been labeled as the best football player to come out of the state of Oregon and ran all over defenses in high school. His most recognizable game was when he broke the Oregon high school single-game rushing record with 643 yards and 10 touchdowns
What Tyner brings to Oregon's lethal offensive attack is even more speed than they already have.
He has quick feet and is most dangerous when running vertically. He can be tough to defend when he hits the outside corner as well. Once he gets past the first defender, he becomes that much more difficult to tackle. The second defender has the difficult responsibility of making the play. If they miss, Tyner is going to take it to the house.
By bringing in a player of this stature and speed, it is going to make the Oregon offense that much more exciting to watch.
2. Devon Allen
Oregon recruit wide receiver Devon Allen. Rivals.com
Wide Receiver Devon Allen (Phoenix, AZ/Brophy Prep)
Devon Allen is one of the newest recruits for the Oregon Ducks. He verbally committed on Jan. 26th and is going to add even more speed to the offense.
He was an originally only recruited by Oregon to run track, leaving him to choose other schools, such as Florida State, UCLA, Stanford, and among others to play football.
Oregon decided to offer him a scholarship for football a week ago, and Allen accepted, meaning he will be a two sport athlete at the University of Oregon.
Allen will give the Ducks dangerous speed at the wide receiver position after posting a 4.5 40 time.
He will be able to produce as an athlete and has good speed off the ball. His quick feet gives him the ability to make quick cuts while running passing routes.
One of the more noticeable things he can do is adjust to the football. When the ball is in the air, he has the ability to position his body to where ever the ball is being thrown and make tough catches.
It should be noted that Allen set the Arizona state high school record in the 110 and 300 meter hurdles. This guy can flat out fly and has the ability to present defensive backs with problems.
Look for Allen to make a big impact in the Oregon receiving game with top notch speed and the ability to get open.
3. Darren Carrington Jr.
Oregon recruit Wide receiver Darren Carrington Jr. Rivals.com
Wide Receiver Darren Carrington Jr. (San Diego, CA/Horizon)
Darren Carrington Jr. is a 4-star recruit and verbally committed to Oregon in June. After the departure of Chip Kelly though, Carrington had second thoughts about taking his talents to Eugene.
It appears that Carrington will in fact be a Duck when it's all said and done. According to the The Register-Guard, on Monday evening Carrington tweeted that he was "100 percent" going to play for the Ducks.
Carrington is going to bring a lot of speed and excitement at the wide receiver position for the Oregon offense.
He has the ability to be a big playmaker when the ball is passed to him, because of how great his hands are. He is quick when running his routes and can cut so fast that defensive backs will not be able to catch up with him.
One of his most impressive attributes is his ability to make acrobatic catches, even when he is covered by a defender or two. He makes tremendous one-handed grabs and is able to adjust to where the ball is being thrown to him at. Even if the ball is under thrown, he is able to comeback and make the quick grab.
Carrington is going to give defenses nightmares with his 6-3 height and high jumping ability. He will also be useful as a blocker when Oregon is running the ball.
Look for Carrington to make highlight reel plays in his time up in Eugene.
4. Tyree Robinson & Tyrell Robinson
Tyree & Tyrell Robinson. Blair Angulo/WeAreSC.com
Athlete Tyree Robinson (San Diego, CA/Lincoln)
Tyree Robinson is a 4-star athlete that verbally committed to play at Oregon in September. He mostly plays wide receiver, but can also play on defense at safety or at outside linebacker.
Tyree picked Oregon over USC, Ohio State, Washington, Arizona and others.
What Tyree can bring to this Oregon team is quickness, 6-4 height, and good hands. He is quick off the line of scrimmage and is able to stay under control while running routes.
What is so dangerous about Tyree is that he can beat defenders in a vertical passing game. He has the ability to make tough grabs when he is covered by defenders. Tyree can adjust to a poorly thrown ball and can also catch the ball with his hands before it hits his chest.
He is an exciting player to watch and he should be a promising player for the Ducks.
Athlete Tyrell Robinson (San Diego, CA/Lincoln)
Tyrell Robinson, like his brother Tyree, is a 4-star athlete that verbally committed to play at Oregon in September. Tyrell can play defense at the outside linebacker position or on offense at wide receiver.
Tyrell picked Oregon over the same schools as his brother Tyree.
He can move well and has good physical strength. On defense, he can present offenses problems with his patience and quickness to take on blockers. Also, he finds a way to locate the ball carrier and has the ability take a good angle at the runner and wrap-up.
On offense, Tyrell presents defensive backs with problems because of his 6-4 height and a wing span that gives him the advantage to catch the ball over the defender. He can adjust to the ball as well and make defenders miss has caught the ball.
Both Tyree and Tyrell will play basketball for the Ducks, if they decide to go to Oregon.
5. Evan Voeller
Oregon recruit offensive-tackle Evan Voeller. The Oregonian
Offensive Lineman Evan Voeller (West Linn, OR/West Linn)
Evan Voeller is a 4-star recruit that verbally committed to Oregon last April. He is ranked by rivals.com as the second best player in the state of Oregon behind Thomas Tyner and is ranked 21st in the nation at the offensive-tackle position.
Voeller had offers from Arizona State, Boise State, Cal and Nebraska, but decided to stay at home and go to Oregon.
What Voeller can bring to the offensive line is that he will punish and finish his blocks against defenders, especially when his team is running the ball. He has good technique and the ability to face edge and inside quickness from defenders.
When pass blocking, he has good movement and uses his arm length to push defenders back. His frame, balance and physical blocking demeanor gives him the chance to win one-on-one battles against defenders.
Voeller will be a good addition to the offensive line, because of how well he will be able to block for Oregon's rushing attack.