Future Ducks go bowling

Three high school All-American games took place last week, each featuring future Oregon Ducks. Who found success against the best of the best in high school football?

Oregon had a presence in each of the three high school All-American bowl games last week, some doing better than others.

Each game saw at least two Ducks verbal commits in uniform and it was all capped off with a new addition to the team on Sunday night.

Under Armour Game -

Verbal commit quarterback Morgan Mahalak made the most of his time on the field for Team Nitro, throwing for 40 yards and a touchdown on 6-of-12 passing.

Mahalak also ran for 22 yards on six carries and showed poise and confidence behind center, despite having only one full year as a starting quarterback at the high school level.

Arrion Springs was the only other Ducks verbal commit to see action in the game and was credited with five tackles for Team Nitro. The four-star cornerback was tied for the second highest total on the team with Ohio State commit Raekwon McMillan.

Army Bowl -

A national audience got a look at Oregon's future running game in the form of Imperial (Calif.) RB Royce Freeman, who scored three of the four touchdowns the West squad scored in a 28-6 victory.

The four-star back finished with five carries for 21 yards rushing, easily stealing the show in a game that included the top running back in the nation, Joe Mixon, who scored the other touchdown for the West.

Verbal commit wide receiver Jalen Brown out of Phoenix (Ariz.) also had a nice game, hauling in three catches for 45 yards. He tied for the game high in catches with Baylor verbal commit Kd Cannon and definitely stood out in a game that saw little production through the air.

Budda Baker, who committed to Oregon just before Christmas, also played but left the game early due to an elbow injury in the second half. While there was some concern initially, Baker tweeted out later that he suffered a hyperextended elbow and avoided serious injury. He finished with one kick return that went for 36 yards.

Houston (Tex.) wide receiver Frank Iheanacho made the decision of which school he would attend during the broadcast and had Oregon in his final five. But when it came down to making a decision he decided to stay close to home and attend Texas A&M.

Also, verbal commit long snapper Tanner Carew, the top long snapper in the country, was a member of the West squad along with the rest of his fellow Ducks teammates.

Semper Fi Bowl -

Oregon received big news on Sunday night with the announcement that four-star Olathe (Kan.) North linebacker Jimmie Swain verbally committed to play for the Ducks. Swain picked Oregon over Michigan State, Texas A&M and Arkansas, becoming the Ducks 17th verbal commit and only linebacker in the class to this point.

Things weren't completely rosy for the Ducks as verbal commit running back Tony James was injured early in the game and did not return.

James, a speedster from Gainesville (Fla.) who committed to Oregon in September, was already having a rough night with a fumble and appeared to exit with an ankle injury. No immediate update was provided on his status. James and OT Tyrell Crosby out of Henderson (Nev.), were the only two committed Ducks at the Semper Fi Bowl .

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