Recruiting Note

In a story from the November 30 issue of the Portland Tribune about Nike and Oregon alum Alberto Salazar joining forces to train marathon runners it was mentioned that Salazar's son, Tony Salazar, may elect to enroll at Oregon and play free safety. He's been at the Air Force Academy preparatory school in Colorado Springs this past year. He's reportedly 6-5, 195 pounds. He was a former standout receiver at Central Catholic catching passes from Joey Harrington's younger brother Michael.

I saw a lot of Tony at the Nike Camp year before last. I thought he was the best receiver there next to Philip Goodman who committed to the Ducks but didn't make grades. He ran a legit 4.50 in the 40 on a very slow surface (they hadn't watered the rug). There were only six kids at the whole camp who ran that fast or faster at the camp. He also caught every ball in sight during the passing drills. At that time, he was 6-3 and about 200. I also saw him at the Nike camp three years ago in Portland and since then he had really put on some weight. Solid muscle, particularly in his upper body. He had also had been working out with nationally known Speed, Agility and Quickness trainer Matt James. I think Tony could have gotten a free ride to just about any Division II school after his senior year, also to weaker conference D1 schools. I don't know whether he has been offered a scholarship by Oregon or is considering walking on. I think if he did walk onto Oregon, he definitely has the potential to end up at some point on scholarship and playing. He wouldn't be the first homegrown kid to do so. One doesn't have to go back too far to remember former Oregon walk-ons who achieved all Pac-10 status including Eric Winns, Jeff Sherman, Jed Weaver, Josh Bidwell among others.

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