The Opening: Team Land Sharks

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 Land Sharks.

Roster:
Andre James, OL, Herriman, UT
Austin Bryant, DL, Thomas County Central (Thomasville), GA
Chad Smith, LB, Dominion (Sterling), VA
Daylon Mack, DL, Gladewater, TX
Deionte Thompson, S, West Orange-Stark (Orange), TX
Deontay Anderson ('16), S, Manvel (Alvin), TX
Donte Jackson, CB, Riverdale (Jefferson), LA
Jackson Harris, TE, Central (Columbia), TN
Javon Patterson, OL, Petal, MS
John Burt, WR, Lincoln (Tallahassee), FL
Jordan Scarlett, RB, St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale), FL
Justin Hilliard, LB, St. Xavier (Cincinnati), OH
K.J. Hill, WR, North Little Rock, AR
Keisean Lucier-South, DL, Orange Lutheran (Orange), CA
Kemah Siverand, WR, Cypress Ridge (Houston), TX
Kendell Jones, DL, Clay-Chalkville (Pinson), AL
Kevin Toliver, CB, Trinity Christian (Jacksonville), FL
Montrell Custis, CB, Lovejoy (Hampton), GA
P.J. Mbanasor, CB, Hendrickson (Pflugerville), TX
Richie Petitbon, OL, Gonzaga Prep (Washington D.C.), D.C.
Shawn Burgess-Becker, S, Monarch (Coconut Creek), FL
Sherrod Pittman, LB, First Coast (Jacksonville), FL
Sotonye Jamabo, RB, Plano West (Plano), TX
Tyron Johnson, WR, Warren Easton (New Orleans), LA

Oregon targets: James, Jackson, Hill, Lucier-South, Jamabo

Status:

James —Oregon is already well off on the offensive line after a string of successive commitments nearly filled the 2015 quota very quickly. However, James is a likely exception.

One of the top tackles available in the West region he stands 6-foot-5, 275-pounds but also possesses great athleticism that he'll get a chance to display during the SPARQ finals at the camp. He also plays with the aggressive streak you see all too often in the type of player offensive line coach Steve Greatwood seemingly prefers.

The Ducks have been courting James for some time, but will have to fight off big names like USC, Oklahoma, Ohio State and UCLA among the several other programs that have extended offers. James called Oregon his dream school growing up and plans to take an official visit Eugene in the fall.

With plenty of talent lined up for the Ducks already in 2015, James would only boost the potential upside of that unit further.

Jackson — After finding success in Louisiana last year with Mattrell McGraw, Oregon has ventured back after a couple of defensive back prospects this season, one of them being Jackson. At last check, the 5-foot-11, 175-pound athlete has Georgia as a leader, but has Oregon among his Top 5.

Jackson can play on either side of the ball and is a dangerous option on special teams. He grew up a Ducks fan and reportedly has 4.3 second 40-yard speed, which Oregon could use to their advantage in multiple ways.

Jackson told Chad Simmons in June that he has a strong bond with secondary coach John Neal and he's intrigued with the Oregon system, believing he could be a playmaker within it.

Georgia and LSU could be Oregon's biggest competition for the four-star's services, but it's likely that Jackson takes his time with the process, giving the Ducks a chance to bring him out for an official visit.

Hill — Hill holds an offer from Oregon but not much else has happened since with the Arkansas prospect. The Razorbacks want to keep the four-star athlete in state and a number of other top programs from around the country have extended offers.

Hill hasn't spoken much about Oregon and it seems he is focused on SEC programs and others like Oklahoma State, Notre Dame and Ohio State at the moment.

At 6-foot-1, 190-pounds he displays plenty of speed on film, but also has great footwork near the sideline and is tough to bring down. Lined up primarily on the outside, Hill could be a useful deep threat, but looks fully capable of doing most of the work if you can get the ball near his hands on shorter routes.

Lucier-South — A top five defensive end and five-star prospect, Lucier-South is a wanted man across the country at 6-foot-5, 220-pounds. Long, strong and explosive on film, Lucier-South is definitely one of the more entertaining prospects to examine as it looks like he could thrive in several systems off of his athleticism alone.

Obviously, he's attracted the attention of many top programs including Oregon. In fact, the Ducks made a list of 11 programs that Lucier-South identified as favorites just a couple of weeks ago. According to Brandon Huffman, he isn't slated to make a decision for some time, but nearby USC and UCLA figure to be factors as he's attended camps at both programs.

Jamabo — One of the top two running backs in the country according to Scout.com, Jamabo told Lindsay Thiry that the Ducks made his list of 10 favorites in mid-June.

A tall prospect at 6-foot-2, 206-pounds, Jamabo uses his long legs to his advantage and picks up great speed in the open field on film. He can do plenty of damage running to the outside but can also play between the tackles and rushed for over 1,000 yards last season.

Jamabo hasn't stated any plans to visit Oregon despite saying he will travel to the West Coast. Considering the deluge of running backs already at Oregon and the fact they already have a verbal commitment Taj Griffin, Jamabo will likely end up at a school with less of a log jam at the position.


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