The Opening: Team Apocalypse

The Opening begins next Monday on the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., following the conclusion of the Elite 11 Finals. In preparation for the big event, eDuck is a taking a look at each of the team rosters and looking at how Oregon fits into the picture. Today: Team Apocalypse.

Roster:

Calvin Ridley, WR, Monarch (Coconut Creek), FL
Damien Harris, RB, Madison Southern (Berea), KY
Daron Payne, DL, Shades Valley (Irondale), AL
Deddrick Thomas, WR, Central (Memphis), TN
Deondre Farrier, WR, Lake Nona (Orlando), FL
Desean Holmes, WR, Bishop Alemany (Mission Hills), CA
Equanimeous St. Brown, WR, Servite (Anaheim), CA
Frank Buncom, S, St. Augustine (San Diego), CA
Fred Ulu-Perry, OL, St. Louis (Honolulu), HI
Jacques Patrick, RB, Timber Creek (Orlando), FL
Jaylon Lane, CB, Nacogdoches, TX
Jordan Davis, TE, Clear Lake (Houston), TX
Joshua McMillon, LB, Whitehaven (Memphis), TN
Justin Reid, S, Dutchtown (Geismar), LA
Lester Cotton, OL, Central (Tuscaloosa), AL
Malik Jefferson, LB, Poteet (Mesquite), TX
Mark Fields, CB, Hough (Cornelius), NC
Matthew Burrell, OL, Hylton (Woodbridge), VA
Michael Barnett, DL, Woodland (Dorchester), SC
Mook Reynolds, CB, Northern Guilford (Greensboro), NC
Porter Gustin, LB, Salem Hills, UT
Rasheem Green, DL, Serra (Gardena), CA
Tyler Phillips, ATH, North Little Rock, AR
Xavier Lewis, CB, East St. John (Reserve), LA

Oregon targets: Holmes, Jefferson, Gustin, Green

Status:

Holmes — The 6-foot-1, 185-pound four-star prospect has yet to pick up an Oregon offer, but they've been expressing mutual interest for a couple of months. Holmes told Greg Biggins two weeks ago that he's hearing from Oregon a lot and is hopeful that he'll land an offer.

If so, it would be big for someone also highly considering Oklahoma, Mississippi State, USC and Washington State. Holmes told eDuck in April that an offer from the Ducks would likely make them one of his top schools. He has also stated he plans on taking official visits and is no rush to finish the recruiting process.

Jefferson — The 6-foot-3, 220-pound five-star prospect is the top middle linebacker in the country according to Scout.com. As a junior, he had 92 tackles, seven sacks and five forced fumbles in addition to being a menace against special teams units with four blocked field goals.

Whether he sets up on the line or comes off the edge, he's explosive and relentless pursuer on film. Jefferson has scheduled official visits to Ohio State, UCLA and Stanford but Oregon hasn't seemed to make too much of an impact in his recruitment despite offering him.

Gustin — One of the fastest rising prospects out West this spring, Gustin currently sits at No. 8 nationally at his position. The 6-foot-5, 240-pounder can play linebacker or defensive end and had Oregon listed among his top schools during an interview with Doug Kimmel two weeks ago. However, recent updates indicate USC has made a steady push toward the top of his list.

Green — A strong five-star defensive end who's versatile enough to play defensive tackle, the 6-foot-5, 280-pound prospect ranks top three at his position (DE) nationally and has an offer list a mile long to go along with it. Green mentioned Oregon among the programs recruiting him the hardest less than a month ago and he's already visited the school during the spring.

Two weeks ago, Green chopped his list of schools down to 15 and Oregon made the cut. Of course, schools closer to home such as Stanford or nearby USC and UCLA could make Green a tough prospect for the Ducks to land.


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