Cumberlander Awaits Ducks Offer

With recruiting heating up for Oregon down the home stretch, a new offer could be on the way for a past target in Jireh Prep (Matthews, NC) WR Christian Cumberlander.

Originally from Troup County High School in LaGrange, (Ga.), Cumberlander was a target a year ago until his offer was pulled by Oregon. After going the prep school route, things seem to be coming full circle for the talented wide receiver, thanks to the Ducks new wide receivers coach Matt Lubick.

"He offered me while he was at Duke," Cumberlander said. "That's how I've come back in the picture."

Lubick and Cumberlander talked on Monday and had a productive conversation.

"He was checking up on me and said that he would be in contact soon," Cumberlander said. "He talked about scholarship stuff and asked me if I would be interested in coming to Oregon to see what they had to offer. I said ‘Yes sir.'"

Cumberlander has taken only one official visit to San Diego State, one of his favorites. He's also strongly considering Houston, Auburn and Oregon. Having already cancelled a trip to Houston, it's down to Oregon and Auburn to see if they can get him in for a visit before signing day.

"It depends on if they put a scholarship on the table," Cumberlander said of an Oregon visit. "I might come out. I have to talk to my mom and we might have to make a decision between Oregon and Auburn."

On Monday, the Ducks picked up Jonathan Johnson, Cumberlander's teammate at Jireh Prep, as a preferred walk-on. Johnson raved about Cumberlander's talents, saying he learned a lot of what he knows from one of the top prep athletes in the country.

"He always asked me questions when he didn't know something or he'd ask for help on stuff he didn't get," Cumberlander said. "I guess by him watching me and stuff…he's been one of the leaders in the receiving core. He just picks up stuff."

The 6-2, 200 pound Cumberlander says he isn't positive when he will make his decision. He says right now that it is an even playing field and that it will become tougher if that Oregon offer does indeed arrive as he hopes.

"If I feel it's best for me and I'm feeling good about the situation and I want to be in that situation, I'll probably commit earlier," Cumberlander said.

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