Davidson talks Ducks

Montgomery (Ala.) Carver defensive end Marlon Davidson talks about how Oregon came into the picture and offered him, what his visit plans are and if he has any favorites.

Four-star defensive end Marlon Davidson should have his pick of the litter come National Signing Day 2016. The 6-foot-4, 258-pound Montgomery (Ala.) prospect end holds offers from most SEC programs, including Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and LSU. He also has offers from Louisville and Clemson, and in late January, Oregon threw their hat in the ring.

“Oregon popped up in the picture as a late minute situation,” he said. “I didn’t even know they were going to come down there, so it was kind of unexpected for me to have the offer. But I’m glad that it came.”

Defensive line coach Ron Aiken extended the offer to Davidson after noting his ability to play multiple positions on the defensive side of the ball.

“He really just told me ‘I don’t see how a guy your size can play at a position that your playing in.’” he said. “Because I’m very versatile or kind of like a multi-situation — I can play anywhere I want…He liked my size and told me ‘I can offer you a full ride to come play for my school.’”

Davidson plans on visiting Oregon and noted that he’ll likely wait until the fall to take his visits, outside of a couple he might take just to get out of the house over the offseason. As of right now, there isn’t a single favorite sticking out for Davidson.

“I’m medium with all my schools,” he said. “I’m getting better and familiar with all those schools. I’m familiar that Oregon is a hot place, a real hot place, and they’re a real good sports school, and a real good coaching staff and players, and they don’t get in a lot of trouble. That’s what I like about Oregon.”

Oregon may be the farthest away geographically of the programs that have offered him, but Davidson isn’t taking distance into consideration with his choice.

“I’m not just settling for my in-state schools,” he said. “I’m not settling for a school outside my out-of-state schools. I’m free to go anywhere in the United States.”

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