Oregon making a push for Ude

Atlanta (Ga.) Westminster defensive end Russell Ude goes into detail on one of his latest offers.

Russell Ude has a slew of offers from around the country, but one offer that has stood out for the 6-foot-3, 245-pound defensive end was the one he got from Oregon.

Outside linebackers coach Erik Chinander extended the offer to Ude, who tweeted out the news on March 20. Previously, the three-star prospect believed he would receive an offer once Chinander and defensive line coach Ron Aiken visited during the evaluation period, but the Ducks went ahead and pulled the trigger anyway much to his excitement.

"This is a huge offer for me," Ude said. "I'm really interested. I love the way that they want to use me in their defense and it seems like it's a great fit."

Ude also had the chance to speak with head coach Mark Helfrich, who described how they would use him in their defensive scheme.

"He told me that they're really excited about me and he wants me to be a Duck," Ude said. "They love the way I play. They feel I play fast and can play anywhere in their defense and use me kind of like Dion Jordan."

Chinander and Aiken are still planning on visiting next month according to Ude, but a visit to Oregon will have to wait. Once the evaluation period ends, Ude will start mapping out where he wants to visit and name a list of around 20 favorites.

Until then, Ude expects more offers to roll in. After speaking with his coach, he learned that he could've landed an offer from Clemson had he traveled up there last Saturday for their Spring Game. The Tigers staff want to see him in person and if they offer, so could a rival program.

"He thinks if Clemson decides to go ahead and pull the trigger, assuming they do, that South Carolina will go ahead and offer, as well, because they're really interested," Ude said.

In addition to those schools he said that UCLA, North Carolina and Ohio State could extend offers in the near future as well. Boston College continues to be the school that is recruiting him the hardest at this point and a string of other programs are trying their best to keep up.

"I doubt anybody is going to be able to recruit me harder than Boston College is recruiting me," Ude said. "NC State is really trying. Miami really is on me hard. Oregon's recruiting me hard. UCLA is recruiting me surprisingly hard even though they haven't offered. Wisconsin is recruiting me pretty hard, too. They flooded my mailbox with 30 letters the other day."

Ude still hopes to announce his decision at The Opening this summer. He is still awaiting an invite.


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