Who to keep an eye on for the 2015 class

With the 2014 recruiting class fading into the rearview mirror, it is time to take a look at some 2015 prospects and see which ones Oregon will have their eye on early.

Already, the Ducks coaching staff has reportedly sent out several offers to talented athletes around the country. Here are a few that eDuck will be keeping an eye on into the evaluation period.

Henry Roberts - OT, Bellevue (Wash.)

Roberts is a four-star tackle from a school that Oregon has been trying to add athletes from the past few seasons. Roberts has an offer from Oregon as well as offers from both Arizona schools and nearby Washington among others.

His 6-foot-6, 270-pound frame is already in good shape, but he expressed a desire to put on an additional 30 pounds by next season when he talked to eDuck in November.

He's already proficient at downfield blocking. If there's not a body in front of him, he runs until he finds one. Against smaller opponents, he has a little difficulty getting leverage because they try to go low on him, but his effort and motor on the field can't be questioned.


Andre James - OT, Herriman (Utah)

Listed at 6-foot-5, 275-pounds, this offensive tackle picked up an Oregon offer in December and holds others from schools such as UCLA, Wisconsin and Washington.

James shows good technical ability in that he drives his opponent backwards right off the snap thanks to his powerful legs, and his quick hands allow him to get leverage before his opponent can react.

He's someone that will create running lanes and continue blocking downfield, never giving up on the play. He appears to be most valuable in short yardage situations, especially in the red zone where extra room comes at a premium.


Christian Kirk - WR, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro

Kirk had an electric junior year with over 2,300 all-purpose yards and 30 touchdowns, proving to be a force just about anywhere he played on the field. His field vision and ability to change direction on a dime gave him plenty of opportunities last season to tease opposing defenders that thought they had him cornered, only to see him in the end zone seconds later.

As a receiver the quicker he gets the ball in his hands the faster he can make a play, and he has breakaway speed in the open field. All-around, he's one of the more complete players that Oregon is looking at right now.

The four-star athlete stands 5-foot-9 and 170-pounds, and has over 25 listed offers from schools around the country according to Scout, including one from Oregon.


John Houston - LB, Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra

The five-star Houston doesn't seem to overexert himself in his highlights, showing patience by letting the play develop momentarily before making his move. When he does, he can do anything from knocking down the pass at the line to stopping the run.

When he drops into coverage, he's quick to react on the short pass and favors going low and wrapping up the opponents legs, showing solid technique.

He could still fill out his frame, with Scout.com national recruiting analyst Greg Biggins reporting him at 6-foot-3, 205-pounds in a recent article, but his mental attributes seem to make up for any perceived deficiencies.

Although he has plenty of interest from several schools, he told Biggins recently that he in very interested in Oregon and likes the up-tempo style of play that they're known for.


Zack Bailey - OT, Summerville (S.C.)

Bailey is a hoss on the line at 6-foot-5, 307-pounds. The first thing that stands out is that he has good footwork for someone his size and demonstrates the ability to be an effective pull blocker.

He packs plenty of power, and with his already developed frame it makes for a dangerous combination if he gets to the opponent first.

Formerly of Washington, the four-star offensive tackle told Scout.com national recruiting analyst Chad Simmons that he grew up a fan of Oregon and, like Houston, likes the tempo at which they play. He also has offers from Florida, Florida State, Clemson and South Carolina among others.


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