Targets For The Class of 2014

Oregon had a strong finish to the 2013 recruiting class and the Ducks already have several offers out for the class of 2014. Who do the Ducks see as possible additions to the program in the future?

S Laurence Jones — Neville HS (Monroe, La.)

Jones is a five star safety and is ranked as the second best in the country by Scout. It's easy to see why. Not only does he have a penchant for creating turnovers, but his speed is something that a school like Oregon covets. He has quick feet, which makes him dangerous not only in the defensive backfield, but also as a special teams player in the return game. His closing speed can lure quarterbacks into making dangerous throws. Jones holds offers from LSU, Alabama, Ohio State and several more.

DE Malik McDowell — Loyola HS (Detroit, Mich.)

At 6-6, 300 pounds McDowell is hard to miss. To put into perspective how big he is, Torrodney Prevot, the lone defensive end commit Oregon collected from this years class, is listed at 6-2, 205 pounds. McDowell racked up 70 tackles and 15 sacks during his junior campaign and is poised for bigger things heading into his senior year. McDowell is also a force on the offensive end as a blocker and can open up big gaps with his strength. He holds offers from several schools including LSU, Michigan, and Stanford.

WR Demarre Kitt — Sandy Creek HS (Tyrone, Ga.)

Kitt is a four-star wide receiver and had 74 receptions, 1,235 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior for Sandy Creek. Holding offers from several BCS schools in SEC country, Kitt becomes another southern speedster that Oregon has their eye on. As's Chad Simmons alluded to in his biography, Kitt's speed and athleticism make him a dangerous threat down the sideline or over the middle. His 6-1, 193 pound frame makes him a good option as another deep threat for Oregon.

ATH Devante Noil — Edna Karr Magnet School (New Orleans, La.)

Noil's nickname is "Speedy" for a reason. As a dual-threat quarterback, he has the ability to burn by anyone to the outside and keep going. Noil put it all together during his junior campaign as he led Karr to a state championship over Jones' Neville squad. Though he's expressing more interest in schools close to home, Oregon made the offer for the 6-0, 185 pound athlete. However, it looks like he may have to make a position change at the next level. He displays good speed to the outside and the ability to cut quick to make the defender whiff, making him dangerous in the open field.

RB Jonathan Hilliman — St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.)

The lone running back with an offer from Oregon, Hilliman has offers from schools all over the country. He has a strong looking frame at 6-1, 207 pounds, but he employs some razzle dazzle in his game with his footwork. A player who is effective both between the tackles and on sweeps, he is the type of running back that Oregon fans have become accustomed to since the implementation of the spread offense. As he gets stronger, he will definitely be a back to keep an eye on.

OT Orlando Brown — Peachtree Ridge HS (Suwanee, Ga.)

Oregon has made Brown's top eight and he may be the most physically imposing player the Ducks have looked at so far at 6-7, 340 pounds. Watching him drive opposing defensive ends into the ground is worth watching at least one of his highlight reels. The only way to seemingly get around him is with pure speed, and that's only if you can escape his grasp on the line. He has the most offers by far of anyone the Ducks have offered. It's easy to see why.

OT Kaleb McGary — Fife HS (Tacoma, Wash.)

McGary reportedly stands at 6-6, 270 pounds and has been gathering offers from within the conference already. There aren't many players in the Northwest who look like they can get by him as not only does he have great strength, but quick footwork on the line as well. Currently unranked by Scout, that should change as he goes through camps in the spring.

OG Tyrell Crosby — Green Valley HS (Henderson, Nev.)

Crosby hails from around the same area that new Ducks OT commit Elijah George does. At 6-6 and nearly 300 pounds, he has picked up four offers already and reportedly runs a 5.3-second speed in the 40-yard dash according to a profile by the Las Vegas Sun. From his videos he shows persistence in keeping the play going downfield by making additional blocks and a solid ability to open up running lanes to the outside.

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