The Opening: Team Mach Speed

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 Mach Speed.

Roster:
Adonis Thomas, LB, Central Gwinnett (Lawrenceville), GA
Auden Tate, TE, Wharton (Tampa), FL
Ben Humphreys, LB, Mater Dei (Santa Ana), CA
Breiden Fehoko, DL, Farrington (Honolulu), HI
C.J. Sanders, WR, Notre Dame (Sherman Oaks), CA
Cameron Smith, LB, Granite Bay, CA
Da'vante Phillips, WR, Central (Miami), FL
Derwin James, S, Haines City, FL
Dru Samia, OL, San Ramon Valley (Danville), CA
Holton Hill, CB, Lamar (Houston), TX
JaMycal Hasty, RB, Longview, TX
Jovon Durante, WR, Norland (Miami), FL
Levonta Taylor, CB, Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach), VA
Marvell Tell, S, Crespi (Encino), CA
Mike Weber, RB, Cass Tech (Detroit), MI
Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB, St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City), NJ
Mitch Hyatt, OL, North Gwinnett (Suwanee), GA
Natrez Patrick, DL, Mays (Atlanta), GA
Preston Williams, WR, Lovejoy (Hampton), GA
Quarvez Boulware, OL, Friendship (Washington), DC
Ray-Ray McCloud, ATH, Sickles (Tampa), FL
Shaun Crawford, CB, St. Edward (Lakewood), OH
Terry Beckner, DL, East St. Louis (East St. Louis), IL
Tristen Hoge, OL, Highland (Pocatello), ID

Oregon targets: Hill, Tell

Status:

Hill — Hill is a playmaker and terrific athlete. He has great speed on film and at times seems to have a "spidey sense" as he makes quick cuts and changes direction on a dime to avoid pursuing opponents behind him. At 6-foot-2, 180-pounds, if he can't snag the ball away from the receiver, he'll use his size to either throw off a route or put himself in a position to get a hand on the ball. He's a solid all-around prospect.

Hill told eDuck two weeks ago that he isn't ready to make a decision on a school anytime soon. In fact, outside of The Opening, Hill will be focused on track and training for the USATF National Junior Olympics later this month. As of right now Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M, LSU, Florida State, Alabama and Oregon are standing out to the four-star prospect.

Tell — The top safety out West, Tell stands 6-foot-2 and 180-pounds and brings terrific open field tackling ability, speed and plenty of length to the position. On film, he packs a punch when he is able to square up an opponent and plays aggressive. He had 41 tackles and two picks as a junior and also found success as a receiver for Crespi.

He certainly has interest in Oregon. He told Scout.com's Greg Biggins in the spring that he wants to visit Eugene this summer and that the Ducks were "high on his list" shortly after picking up an offer.

Since then, Tell has been relatively quiet, but the Ducks seem to be in at least a decent position right now among the 20-plus other programs that have offered him from around the country.

McCloud — McCloud is a fun running back to observe on film. His quick feet and field awareness give him the ability to make a change of direction in a snap and continue up field. At 5-foot-11, 172-pounds, he isn't afraid to go through the tackles but if he slips through watch out. He has ample speed and great acceleration that allow him to make the big play quickly.

In late June, McCloud told Scout.com's Lindsey Thiry that he considers Oregon a top contender in his recruitment right now. McCloud plans to announce his decision in January.


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