5 Oregon Signees Who Have Bright Futures as Ducks
The Oregon Ducks signed 19 new players to their roster on national signing day. With a few last minute commits to the recruiting class, the Oregon staff managed to put together another top 20 class in the nation according to 247sports.
Even though high school recruits are given a star ranking to symbolize their talent, playing time is earned on the field at the collegiate level.
Oregon is a program that firmly believes in playing for the team and competing hard everyday. This is how players gain playing time throughout the season.
Notorious for finding premier talent that didn't get the attention they deserved in high school, Oregon has a team of fighters. Players that are willing to give everything to get on the field and put on a show for the nation.
This isn't to say that top high school recruits don't work hard, because they do. The Ducks have a nice blend of top talent and underrated talent, and together, the Oregon coaching staff puts a dynamic group onto the field to win games.
This year, Oregon again has some very highly touted recruits as well as underrated players.
Here is a blend of both types, who look to have bright futures as Ducks.
Devon Allen, to me, is the most underrated player that Oregon picked up in the 2013 class. Coming from Brophy Prep in Phoenix, Ariz., Allen stands around 6'1", 190 pounds and is as fast as they come.
I listened to Allen talk on 750 The Game and he said that "technically", he is faster than De'Anthony Thomas on a track. Obviously, Allen understands that track and football are two very different styles of running and said, "we'll have to see" when I get to Eugene.
If you watch Allen's highlight video, you will see that he not only runs fast, evades tacklers and catches well, but he even devoted a portion of his highlight to show his blocking skills.
This kid is a dynamic athlete and will become a star at Oregon.
John Mundt looks to be the next big tight end to come through the Oregon program. He possesses the size, speed and hands to either replace Colt Lyerla when he graduates or play alongside him.
Yes, I know that Oregon doesn't normally play with two tight ends, but this kid is too talented not to put on the field. If you watched Mundt's highlight reel you know that he could be a monster offensively or defensively.
I'm sure D-coordinator, Nick Aliotti, would love to have Mundt as a tackler, but Helfrich will most likely hog him and utilize his big body and great hands.
Heck, maybe we'll see Mundt on both sides of the ball. I wish they would do the same with Lyerla!
Matt Wogan is the type of player you want playing on your football team. According to Wogan's kicking coach and former NFL kicker Chris Sailer, Wogan has, "great character and a tremendous work ethic."
With kicking being Oregon's weak spot the last few years, Wogan is a breath of fresh air for Ducks fans. He reminds me of a young Jackson Rice, who was a highly ranked kicker out of high school and possesses a similar build. Both are '6"2 and around 200 pounds.
Oregon fans might be wondering why the Ducks didn't recruit a punter in the 2013 class, as Rice is a senior. The reasoning behind that decision is because Matt Wogan is a versatile athlete who not only handles all of the off-the-ground kicking, but he punts as well.
Sailer ranked Wogan as the No.1 off-ground kicker in the nation and near the top ten in punting.
Wogan may be the kicker that takes Oregon to it's next National Championship.
Danny Mattingly was a former commit to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Irish head coach, Brian Kelly has been putting together strong linebacking corps with Heisman contenders like Manti Te'o, so when Oregon stole Mattingly away, they knew they were getting a future star.
According to ESPN's Recruiting Nation, Mattingly is listed at 6'5" and 218 pounds. Once Mattingly gets to Eugene and starts working out with the strength and conditioning coach, Jim Radcliffe, he will become very Kiko Alonso-esque.
With Oregon's linebacking unit losing Michael Clay and Alonso along with a transferring Anthony Wallace, Mattingly could start punishing opposing Pac-12 offenses early.
This is the slide you were all waiting for. Yes, I know Thomas Tyner has been over publicized for awhile now, but there is a reason for it.
The kid has all the tools to become a superstar!
What do you get when you implement an athlete who can run a 4.30 40-yard dash into an offense that runs a play every 15-18 seconds?
Touchdowns, lots and lots of touchdowns.
Following his recruiting, Tyner seems to be a very smart kid who works for what he gets. His work ethic for football and also track is a testament to his success.
Prior to his junior year at Aloha High School, Tyner was on his way to making the U.S. team for the IAAF World Youth Championships for Track & Field before he pulled out his final race due to cramping in his hamstring.
If Tyner can stay healthy for the duration of his career at Oregon, he has the potential to be remembered as the greatest Duck of all time.