Watchlist: The Opening Eugene Regional

Oregon is the final stop for The Opening regional camps and a number of prospects connected to the University of Oregon will be in attendance. Here's a list of who eDuck will be watching on Sunday.

On Sunday, several top high school prospects will descend on Eugene for the final Opening Regional camp. While many have already landed a spot for The Opening football camp next month, for those who haven’t it will be the last chance for them to grab one of the final spots to compete against the best of the best at the Nike Campus in Beaverton.

Many prospects with Oregon offers or interest in the Ducks will be in attendance. Here are a few of the names eDuck will be watching closely at the event.

2016 Prospects —

Isaiah Gilchrist — Gilchrist picked up an Oregon offer last month. A Bellevue (Wash.) prospect standing at 5-foot-11, 180-pounds, he’s the top cornerback in the state of Washington and top ranked in the top three in the entire West region. The Ducks are among Gilchrist’s top programs and he told eDuck he’ll likely be making a decision after taking official visits in the fall. Gilchrist recently put on a show at the Battle In Seattle 7v7 event and will look to duplicate that this weekend.

Vavae Malepeai — Malepeai’s uncles all played for Oregon and, according to OregonLive.com’s Andrew Nemec, there’s a good chance he could be the latest Oregon legacy to commit this weekend. The four-star running back has spoken highly of Oregon since he received the offer and given the Ducks successful track record in Hawaii over the years, Malepeai may be the man to kick off another successful June for the coaching staff. On Sunday, we’ll look forward to seeing the powerful running back’s ability on the turf up close.

Rey Green — Green, a three-star prospect, does not have an Oregon offer yet, but was one of the top underclassmen in Eugene last year at the NFTC camp. Green is the second-ranked running back in the state of Washington and runs a 4.45 40-yard dash time.

Connor Murphy — Murphy is a long defensive end at 6-foot-7, 250-pounds and a four-star prospect out of Arizona. He holds an Oregon offer, which he picked up way back in February. The Ducks reportedly like him as a defensive end and outside linebacker. He’s ranked in the top four at his position in the West region.

Drew Kobayashi — Kobayashi is a three-star Hawaiian wide receiver prospect still awaiting an Oregon offer. He hails from the same high school as former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota and holds offers from various Pac-12 and Mountain West programs.

Amandre Williams — A three-star defensive end from Maple Valley (Wash.) with an Oregon offer. Williams stands 6-foot-3, 225-pounds and is ranked second in the state at his position. He visited Oregon over the spring and told Scout.com’s Brandon Huffman that he enjoyed his time in Eugene. Williams hasn’t narrowed things down yet, but a lot of programs love his versatility on the defensive side.

Scott Peck — Peck is rising offensive tackle target out of Veradale (Wash.) who will be making multiple trips to Eugene this month. After Sunday’s camp, he’ll return for an Oregon team camp later on in June in the hopes of adding to his offer list, which includes Hawaii, Washington State, Utah, Army and Nevada among others.

Conner Crist — A local prospect out of Tigard (Ore.), Crist is still awaiting an Oregon offer, but has developed a good back and forth with offensive line coach Steve Greenwood and graduate assistant coach Joe Bernardi. Sunday will be an opportunity for Crist to show what he’s learned and improved on over the spring. He knows he’ll likely have to wait a little while for an offer, but is taking the advice he’s given seriously. He’s already unofficially visited Oregon twice.

La’Mar Winston Jr. — Winston is the top linebacker in the state and a highly sought after one at that. He recently trimmed his list to four, pitting Oregon against Stanford, Washington and UCLA. The Ducks figure to be in a great position considering he had them as a leader at one point and his teammate, Oregon defensive back commit Brady Breeze, is continuing to recruit him to be his teammate at the collegiate level. Sunday, we’ll see how impressive he is against some other talented prospects from around the region.

Andrzej Hughes-Murray — A three-star prospect and top inside linebacker in the sate of Washington, Hughes-Murray is still awaiting an Oregon offer. However, he could make some headway in the coming weeks as he eyes a return to Eugene later this month for an Oregon team camp.

Chase Claypool — Claypool is a Top 15 prospect at the tight end position nationally and the top player at his position coming out of British Columbia. But he can also play wide receiver and he’s a big target at 6-foot-5, 212-pounds. He has been making the rounds at various camps all spring and impressing those in attendance. He’ll have another opportunity to impress on Sunday, returning to Eugene after taking a successful unofficial visit there in the spring and subsequently picking up an offer. According to multiple Scout.com reports, Claypool will take his time with his recruitment.

Cam McCormick — McCormick was an early verbal commit for Oregon and will be looking to land a spot at The Opening. A talented tight end from Bend (Ore.), McCormick hopes to be the next in a line of recent success at tight end for Oregon, following in the footsteps of the likes of Ed Dickson, David Paulson and Pharaoh Brown.

Keala Santiago — Santiago is a three-star safety out of Hawaii with good speed who is ranked in the top two at his position in Hawaii. While he has yet to land an offer, never rule out a Hawaiian prospect with the Ducks. Santiago plans on camping with the Ducks later this month.

2017 Prospects —

Tate Martell/Tyjon Lindsey — Martell, the Bishop Gorman quarterback prospect who famously committed to Washington in the eighth grade, is on the market again and Oregon looks to be a player. He’s visiting with Lindsey, his adopted brother and teammate, who also has eyes on Oregon. Both will be taking unofficial visits while in Eugene, so the Ducks will have a chance to make some headway with the duo as they look ahead to the 2017 class.

Elijah Molden — Molden is a Duck legacy who made the move to the Portland-Metro area and now plays at West Linn. Molden told eDuck that Oregon is still a very strong player and, if we’re taking a guess, the odds are he’ll be a Duck when all is said and done. His father, Alex, was a former Duck DB who was a first-round draft pick and had an eight-year career in the NFL. Good football genes run in the family and Molden could be the next piece to the puzzle for Oregon’s future in the secondary under John Neal. Until then, look for him to put on a display on Sunday.

Salvon Ahmed — Ahmed is a rising 2017 athlete with a few Pac-12 offers under his belt already form Washington, Washington State and Utah. According to a recent report from Scott Eklund, the Ducks have picked up interest and Ahmed said he’ll take an unofficial visit prior to the camp on Sunday.

Darreon Moore — A cornerback prospect out of Kennewick (Wash.), Moore will not only be at the Nike camp on Sunday, but will return to Eugene next week for a one-day camp. Moore has heard from several programs already but is still looking for his first big offer.

Henry Bainivalu — Bainivalu, who hails from Husky country in Bellevue (Wash.), is a recent 2017 offer for Oregon. The Ducks rarely offer kids this early, but an impressive showing at the Northwest Elite Camp last weekend in Washington led to an offer for the big offensive tackle prospect. This will be his first trip to Oregon and he told eDuck he hopes he can stick around for an unofficial visit to see what the program has to offer.

Jay Tufele — Tufele is a promising four-star defensive tackle with several big Pac-12 offers already in his possession. He has expressed interest in playing at Oregon in the past and hopes to play with teammate Langi Tuifua at the next level. Sunday, the 6-foot-3, 280-pound prospect will get an opportunity to show his dominance on the defensive side of the ball.

Juliano Falaniko — Falaniko, like Bainivalu above, is a 2017 prospect who recently landed an Oregon offer. Oregon State, Arizona, Hawaii and UNLV have also offered. The American Samoa safety/linebacker prospect will make the trek to Eugene this weekend, marking his first ever visit to the continental United States. At 6-foot-4, 200-pounds, we’ll see what the rising prospect will be able to do against some new competition on Sunday.


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