2015 Class: Gus Cumberlander

With dead period upon us, eDuck.com is taking a look at each member of Oregon's current recruiting class and spotlighting what they're bringing to Eugene. In this edition: defensive end Gus Cumberlander

Gus Cumberlander

Defensive End

Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar Grove HS

6-foot-6, 241-pounds

Commitment Date — October 4, 2014

How he became a Duck — Oregon offered Cumberlander in June and stayed among his top schools throughout the rest of the process. The three-star prospect took his official visit to Oregon on Oct. 2, where he witnessed the only loss the Ducks have suffered this season to Arizona. However, Cumberlander was impressed by the way the players handled the loss and, after receiving his mother’s approval, he pledged his commitment to the program.

Quote — “Them losing really assured me that I wanted to go there. I’m not saying I’m glad that they lost, but since they did and seeing how the team handled it — they stuck together and they kept a positive attitude — that’s one thing that made me sure that I wanted to go there.” — Cumberlander on his commitment to Oregon

What he brings to the table — At the time of his commitment, Cumberlander was the only front seven player the Ducks had landed for the class. Since then, fellow DE Canton Kaumatule and defensive tackles Rex Manu and Drayton Carlberg have joined Cumberlander, giving the Ducks some depth at positions that they struggled to recruit last season.

Cumberlander is very quick off the edge and a terrorizer in the backfield when he sheds his blocker. He has long features and doesn’t let much get by him. On film, he seems to find a way to the ball, even if he’s still engaged with a blocker.

The Ducks are at their best when they are containing the opposing team’s quarterback, not just flushing them out of the pocket and Cumberlander is a guy that appears to cut down opportunities for the other team to extend plays. With plenty of mobile quarterbacks in the Pac-12, Cumberlander has to continue to build on that at the next level. There's plenty of upside with Cumberlander and he'll be one to watch in the coming years.

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