Oregon Football: More Comparisons of 2013 Recruits to Former Ducks
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Oh, good. You came back for more comparisons of Oregon's 2013 recruiting class to former Ducks.
In case you missed the first installment, here's the link. We're going in alphabetical order, and the last in the series should appear on Friday.
It's fun to take a more in-depth look at the scholarship newcomers, as well as go back in time to remember some of your old favorites.
Here comes the next group, starting with "H".
Damion Hobbs photo courtesy 247Sports.com
Damion Hobbs is a dual-threat quarterback from Texas. Does that sound like anyone you know?
Gone but not forgotten, Darron Thomas is from Aldine, Texas, while Hobbs is from Cedar Hill. One grew up just outside of Houston (Thomas) and one just outside of Dallas (Hobbs).
Thomas is 6'4", 195 lbs; Hobbs is 6'2", 195 lbs.
Hobbs was the only quarterback signed in Oregon's 2013 class. According to Scout.com, he is a 3-star prospect who was recruited primarily by head coach Mark Helfrich when he was still the offensive coordinator.
In Helfrich's national signing day press conference, he said that Hobbs can really throw it and really run it, and that he is a great student. Hobbs led his high school team to the state championship game in the Texas 5A division.
Let's hope that when Hobbs' turn comes to run the Ducks offense that he is as efficient as Thomas, still Oregon's all-time leader in touchdown passes (66).
Cameron Hunt photo courtesy 247Sports.com
Cameron Hunt is a 4-star offensive lineman, one of five OLs the Ducks signed in this class.
Although smaller at 6'4", 265 lbs than former Duck Mark Asper (6'7", 320 lbs), the two OLs have a similar look about them. Both are physical players. Hunt will be faster than Asper, and it remains to be seen if he will have Asper's leadership skills.
Asper helped pave the way for the nation's leading rusher (LaMichael James) in 2010, and looking forward, you can see Hunt doing the same thing for fellow 2013er Thomas Tyner.
Danny Mattingly photo courtesy 247Sports.com
OK, just for a minute, imagine that Michael Clay is 6'5" instead of 5'11", weighs the same (222 lbs), is white instead of African-American, and had a little more of a mean streak.
That's Danny Mattingly, a 4-star recruit, who is, according to Mark Helfrich, a "versatile, big outside linebacker." In his national signing day press conference, Helfrich went on to say about Mattingly: "We walked out of his house in Spokane going 'how about this guy?' Off the charts."
Mattingly had offers from Alabama, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and a gaggle of Pac-12 schools, including UCLA, who wanted him bad. Way to recruit, Oregon coaches!
Logic tells you that Mattingly will need a year to adjust to major college football, but there is something about this kid that bears watching in fall camp.
John Mundt photo courtesy 247Sports.com
There seems to be some confusion over whether it's John Mundt or Johnny Mundt, but the official University of Oregon press release listed him as "John", so that's what we'll go with. It's more dignified, don't you think? "Johnny" sounds like some wild quarterback in Texas.
Mundt is a 6'4", 232 lbs tight end from California whose family is in the nut business, according to Mark Helfrich. Apparently the Oregon coaches learned a lot about the nut business while recruiting Mundt.
I don't know if former Duck tight end great David Paulson's family had anything to do with nuts or not, but Mundt and Paulson could be brothers. Both players are the same exact height, Paulson is just nine pounds heavier, and they appear to have the same body type.
Helfrich said that Mundt is fast, physical and has great hands. It sounds like he might be a Paulson clone, with a little more speed.
Because of the current depth at the tight end position (Colt Lyerla, Koa Ka'ai, Pharaoh Brown, Evan Baylis, Terrence Daniel, Brian Teague), expect Mundt to redshirt.
Jake Pisarcik photo courtesy 247Sports.com
Jake Pisarcik will have a tough time getting home for a three-day weekend; he's from New Jersey. The 6'2", 290 lbs offensive lineman will start out as a guard, according to Mark Helfrich.
Pisarcik kind of came out of nowhere for the Ducks, getting involved late in the recruiting process. Helfrich added that he grew a ton between his junior and senior years. Pisarcik's father was a former NFL quarterback, so he grew up around the game.
Physically, Pisarcik resembles former Duck offensive lineman Bo Thran (2007-10). Thran was versatile, playing both guard and left tackle during his Oregon career. He was also one of the faster offensive linemen of his time, and opened holes for one of the best Oregon rushing offenses ever (LeGarrette Blount and LaMichael James.)
Pisarcik will also be the beneficiary of a terrific rushing offense, if this class lives up to its potential.
Torrodney Prevot photo courtesy of 247Sports.com
This one's easy.
Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you the next Dion Jordan.
That's a big pack to put on an 18-year-old's back, but the evidence is clear that Torrodney Prevot has the goods. The 4-star defensive end was a wonderful last-minute get—some might say "steal", but that's such a harsh word—from the clutches of the USC Trojans.
Prevot is three inches shorter than Jordan and needs to bulk up some as he moves to the next level, but he's got Jordan's speed off the end and is, according to Helfrich, a great tackler and a great finisher. He also has Jordan's terrific smile.
Helfrich added that Prevot has a knack for forcing fumbles. Now, that's my kind of guy.
Prevot will make an impact for the Ducks in the years ahead before he follows Jordan to the NFL.
Watch This Space
Thomas Tyner photo courtesy 247Sports.com
Be sure to come back on Friday to see how the rest of Oregon's 2013 recruiting class compares to your favorite former Ducks.
Kay Jennings is a member of the Football Writers Association of America.