"He can do it all."

Among the some 80 schools in his area, Edward Pleasant, 5-10, 205, La Palma (Calif.) Kennedy HS, is a well-known commodity. This week he became a little more known around the country when he gave a verbal commitment to play football next season for the University of Oregon in Eugene.

According to Kennedy's head coach Mitch Olson, Edward Pleasant is a versatile athlete that can play on both sides of the ball using his great speed, quickness and toughness.

"He's a Reggie Bush-type player," said Olson of Pleasant. "He can do it all."

Pleasant's team finished 10-2 last season and despite missing some games for the Fighting Irish, Pleasant managed to rack up 985 yards of rushing on 172 yards scoring eight touchdowns. He also caught 28 passes for 244 yards and a touchdown. Defensively he recorded 26 tackles (23 solo) including two sacks plus had an interception.

The Fighting Irish won the Empire League championship and beat La Mirada and Los Altos before losing to Valencia in the state playoffs.

Olson indicated that Oregon recruited Pleasant as an outside linebacker and should do well at the position. In Oregon's defensive scheme, the Ducks refer to players at the outside linebacker as strong safeties. One of Olson's assistants Garrett Sabol actually tipped the Ducks off about Pleasant.

After a strong showing at the USC Nike camp, recruiting interest in Pleasant "exploded" and after hearing about Pleasant from Sabol the Ducks increased their interest. Earlier this week Pleasant decided Eugene was the place for him and made a verbal commitment to the Ducks according to Olson.

Sabol (Oregon Class of 2000) was a former Kennedy star and played for Olson then went to Oregon and was a four-year letterman (1997-00) for Duck defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti playing linebacker. Upon graduation Sabol picked up his teaching certificate and re-joined his former high school coach at Kennedy.

"Once a Duck, always a Duck," said Olson of Sabol relationship to the university.

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