Evaluating Oregon's Offers: Wide Receivers

Kickoff is more than three months away, but with the athletic calendar winding down for the summer, Oregon football is creeping into the minds of fans who are eagerly anticipating how the Ducks can build on last season's 12-1 record and Fiesta Bowl victory over Kansas State.

Of course, while the countdown is on for the opener at Autzen Stadium against Nicholls State, coaches are busy evaluating recruits for the class of 2014. Today, eDuck will be reviewing those who claim Oregon offers at the wide receiver position early on in the recruiting process.

After the 2013 season concludes, Oregon will lose three senior wide receivers in Josh Huff, Daryle Hawkins and Chad Delaney. Additionally, Oregon has five more junior wide receivers coming into this season, making it a priority position for coaches to fill during this recruiting cycle for the future.

Oregon will be bringing in three wide receivers from the class of 2013 in Arizona speedster Devon Allen, and San Diego athletes Tyree Robinson and Darren Carrington. If needed, Georgia athlete Juwaan Williams could also be inserted at wide receiver, but will likely begin on the defensive side of the ball.

Coupling Allen's speed that makes him a dangerous deep threat to the outside, along with Carrington and Robinson's athleticism, the future looks bright with these three incoming Ducks. However, more work needs to be done to fill in spots behind them.

Oregon has extended offers to two athletes who have already given a verbal commitment to another school. Grand Rapids (Mich.) wide receiver Drake Harris made a decision to stay close to home and attend Michigan, while El Cerrito (Calif.) wide receiver Jalen Harvey chose to give his verbal commitment a California team that will operate under new head coach Sonny Dykes.

Obviously this early in the process decisions can change, but for the moment we will focus on who hasn't given their verbal commitment to another university.

Oregon made an early push in the Southeast, an area well known to new wide receivers coach Matt Lubick, who joined Oregon's staff after departing Duke. So far, five athletes from "SEC Country" hold offers from Oregon.

Durham (N.C.) Hillside wide receiver Trevion Thompson is one of those athletes. At 6-foot-3, 180 pounds he has the size and athleticism to go up and get the jump ball over the defender, but also possesses great speed. He seems to separate from defenders with ease, making him a dangerous deep threat target. Thompson is nearing 20 offers according to Scout. You can see his highlights here.

Monroe (La.) Ouachita Parish's Cameron Sims is another talent out of the Southeast. Sims stands 6-foot-4, 200-pounds and from the looks of his film, he plays to his size. Sims can lay the big block, which is a must in Oregon's system for a wide receiver. Additionally, it looks difficult for any defensive back to try and outmuscle him for a jump ball or take him down once he gets into the open field. He demonstrates good speed on screen passes as well, another area where his size also helps him shed tackles. According to a recent article by Scout.com's Chad Simmons, Sims plans on visiting Oregon sometime this summer and holds over 30 offers. You can see his highlights here here.

Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek WR Demarre Kitt is a talented prospect at 6-foot-1, 193-pounds, but a highly unlikely pickup for Oregon at this point. According to a report by Simmons on April 25, Kitt will be choosing between Ohio State, Clemson, and Tennessee on June 10. He was previously committed to Georgia. He hails from the same area as Ducks 2013 commit Juwaan Williams. You can see his highlights here.

New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr athlete Devante Noil is nicknamed "Speedy" for good reason. As a quarterback for Edna Karr, he demonstrates his ability to outrun anyone in the Wildcat formation and as a receiver, he's just as elusive. According to an interview with Simmons from May 14, Noil has a solid top three in Florida, USC and Texas A&M. Oregon seems to be nowhere on the radar at the moment, but with Noil setting a decision timetable for the Under Armour Game in January, Oregon still has time. At 5-foot-11, 185-pounds, he is smaller than the other receivers Oregon has offered, but size has rarely been an issue for the Ducks coaching staff to work with in the past. You can see his highlights here.

West Palm Beach (Fla.) Cardinal Newman's Travis Rudolph was once committed to Miami (Fla.), but backed away to explore his options. Rudolph is used as a running back and wide receiver on the offensive side of the ball, and he appears to have good field vision and follows his blocks to create big plays. At 6-foot-1, 175-pounds he has over 20 offers and has expressed mutual interest with Oregon according to a report by Scout.com's Amy Campbell. As a receiver, he has strong hands and seems particularly good coming back to the ball on a route to create space between him and sagging defenders. You can watch his highlights here.

Gallatin (Tenn.) Station Camp wide receiver Josh Malone rounds out Oregon's current list of Southeast prospects at the position. Malone, at 6-foot-2, 190-pounds, has the hands, speed and field vision to get himself open and then change directions to accumulate yards after the catch. He is also a dangerous return man, making him an asset on special teams, something Oregon is always looking to take advantage of. Malone holds over 30 offers as well. You can see his highlights here.

Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville WR Marshon Lattimore combines a mix of speed and athleticism to make him one of the most attractive prospects from the class of 2014. He isn't afraid to go up and over the middle in the slot position. At 6-foot, 180-pounds, he has decent size, but it's his speed that is key to why Oregon has to like him. As Scout.com's Allen Trieu puts it, Lattimore is a, "good athlete with good body control and ball skills. Is capable of contorting his body to make catches others wouldn't get their hands on. After the catch, he has good speed and elusiveness." You can see highlights on his Scout page here.

Rounding out our list is Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe's Jalen Brown. Brown picked up his Oregon offer earlier this week according to Scout.com's Jason Jewell. Oregon is one of 31 other teams competing for his services. The lone offer out west that isn't committed to another school, Brown stands out on film with his ability to leap up over opponents to catch the ball. He adjusts well if the ball is thrown off target, and though he doesn't appear to have a ton of breakaway speed, he compensates with his ability to outmaneuver opponents with cut moves. You can see his highlights here.

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