2015 Class: Jihree Stewart

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 back Jihree Stewart

Jihree Stewart

Defensive back

Corona (Calif.) Centennial

6-foot, 175-pounds

Commitment Date — June 12, 2014

How he became a Duck — Stewart received his Oregon offer in March after head coach Mark Helfrich took a look at his highlight film. The Ducks immediately pushed their way towards the top of Stewart’s list, and after a midweek unofficial visit in June, he verbally committed to the program, becoming the first of six prospects to verbally commit to the program over a three week span. He had offers from the likes of Arizona State, Boise State, Oregon State, Wisconsin, Washington and more.

Quote —"I think that I could fit in anywhere in their defense, whether it's corner, dime or at safety. They said they see me playing any position."— Stewart after receiving his Oregon offer.

What he brings to the table — On film, Stewart is a ballhawk at the safety position for the newly crowned CIF-SS Pac-5 Champion Huskies. He reads the quarterback’s eyes, makes his break and slips in to make the play.

He appears to have solid closing speed (he runs a reported 4.52 40-yard time) so even if he’s a tad late getting to the receiver, he’ll lay them out with a hit. On occasion, he’s able to take advantage of having the ball thrown right to him, ensuring an easy interception.

As a corner, he is physical in short yardage situations. He never loses track of his man and gets his hands inside to deflect the ball away. He displays terrific athleticism and makes most of what he does look easy. At the next level, he’ll need to bring that physicality more often if he’s at corner because the Ducks like to keep everything in front of them, but he’d be a terrific option as a safety with those aforementioned capabilities at the position.

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