JUCO receiver hoping for Ducks offer

Santa Monica College wide receiver Malik Condiff talks about his dream program, which programs are taking an interest in him and what he's looking for in a program.

Santa Monica College wide receiver Malik Condiff is hoping to become an early enrollee in the 2016 recruiting class and a number of programs have taken notice in him. Florida, Texas A&M and Arizona have all evaluated him recently, with the Aggies stopping by twice.

But one program has always stuck out to Condiff: Oregon.

“Since I was a kid, Dennis Dixon has been a player I’ve always looked up too,” he told eDuck.com. “Oregon has always been a favorite school of mine.”

The Ducks have shown some preliminary interest in him. His main contact has been recruiting assistant Jeff Van Orman and the two have exchanged emails and phone calls. Paris Bostick, a former SMC linebacker who joined the Ducks in the last recruiting class, has also been a messenger for Condiff and been in the ear of defensive coordinator Don Pellum.

“From what it seems like so far, Coach Pellum is interested in what I’m really about,” he said. “From what I was told, he likes my film. He saw what I was doing up there at USC going against their starting defensive players, so things seem to be looking good so far.”

Condiff was a walk-on with the Trojans and, at one point, was attached to Washington State after an impressive performance at one of their camps. With little publicity coming out of North High School and not much help the first time through the recruiting cycle, Condiff is determined to catch on with an elite program this winter now that he knows the in’s and out’s of the recruiting process.

“This time I feel like whatever coach I have more of a personal connection with that’s who I’ll go for,” he said.

Although it didn’t work out at USC, Condiff said he gained experience and confidence from going up against top defensive backs while he was there.

“It definitely gives me that added confidence knowing that I competed against five-star athletes almost every other day,” he said. “Even before then I always had the confidence that I was the best athlete no matter who I was up against. Adoree’ (Jackson), Su’a Cravens, or whoever.”

Condiff still works out with Jackson and five-star Trojan DB Iman Marshall in an effort to improve his game. This offseason, he’s working more on improving the mental aspect of his game, such as reading defenses, as well as route running.

“I train with the best because I feel that’s the only way to stay on top of my game,” Condiff said.

Condiff believes the best fit for him academically and athletically at the moment is Oregon. He’s hard at work in the classroom to ensure he can leave early following the upcoming season and on the field, his speed certainly seems Oregon-like.

“I got it down to like a 4.38 now,” he said. “It was at a 4.42. I ran that at at the Washington State camp and that’s the one where I got picked up by them.”

Wherever he does end up, one program will be getting a very determined player.

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