5 Recruits Who Could Join 4-Star RB Taj Griffin at Oregon
Oregon has a commitment from 4-star speedster Taj Griffin. From Georgia, Griffin is a dynamic offensive recruit who can do damage as a runner and receiver.
The 5'10", 175-pounder has terrific quickness to launch himself through alleys, plus he is lethal in space. The Ducks will use Griffin's pledge to attract more talented recruits to join their class, and several top-tier prospects are keeping close tabs on what's happening in Eugene.
A 5-star defensive end digs Oregon a ton, while a 4-star safety could spurn both of his local schools to become a Duck. Also, a quarterback could choose to join Griffin.
Andre James, OT
Andre James is a solid 4-star offensive tackle from Utah who could fit Oregon's offensive scheme well.
James, who is 6'5" and 275 pounds, is capable of quickly executing blocks in space. He can reach linebackers in his track on the second level, plus he holds up well at the point of attack. It's possible James could play guard and tackle in college.
Travis Waller, QB
The key to the Ducks' spread-option offense is to have a mobile quarterback who can be used as a designed runner.
That is why it is not shocking to see Oregon is recruiting 4-star dual-threat passer Travis Waller. From California, Waller is a 6'3", 190-pounder who can cause problems for defenses with his arm and legs. He's raw in some areas, but he could become a stud after a few seasons with college coaching.
Oregon and Ohio State are his top suitors, says 247Sports.
Marvell Tell, S
At 6'2" and 175 pounds, Marvell Tell is one of the better defensive backs in California. He doesn't let his lack of bulk stop him from playing with a physical demeanor, evidenced by his willingness to play in the box.
Tell also has the ability to play on top of the defense, as his range and ball skills are above average. While 247Sports says Washington State is in the hunt, Oregon will have to beat out USC and UCLA to land Tell.
Rasheem Green, DT
Oregon isn't afraid to go into Los Angeles for an elite prospect, as the Ducks have won recruiting battles there before. This year, head coach Mark Helfrich is trying to lure 5-star defensive tackle Rasheem Green to Eugene.
The 6'5", 275-pounder has played a large amount of his high school snaps at defensive end, but he projects best as a problem-causing defensive tackle at the college level. Green is a remarkable athlete for his size, which allows him to make a lot of plays other defensive linemen simply can not.
He may have the highest ceiling of any defensive recruit in the country. Oregon is among a core group of favorites that includes USC, UCLA and Washington, according to 247Sports.
Byron Cowart, DE
The biggest target on Oregon's recruiting board is easily 5-star defensive end Byron Cowart. The Florida native is a big-time prospect who has the potential to become a dominant defender.
At 6'4" and 250 pounds, Cowart plays with excellent strength to set the edge. He can shed with power to get clean versus running plays, plus he has the ability to factor in pursuit. As a pass-rusher, Cowart can take advantage of slower blockers by immediately jumping on top of them at the snap. He converts speed to power well, and he should be able to add a few more moves to his arsenal in a few seasons.
This race is shaping up to be between Oregon and Florida, per 247Sports.
Cowart told the following to Woody Wommack of Rivals.com (subscription required) on May 23:
Yeah, Oregon is still my leader. Me and coach Aiken (Oregon's defensive line coach) are still working on building our relationship. It's kind of hard being in two different time zones but if we want it to work we're going to make it happen."