Ducks starting 2008 off traveling.

National Letter of Intent Day was on February 7th this year and the ink has just tried on the 29 letters the Ducks received for the Class of 2007. But that's old news. Already, Oregon is back on the recruiting trail contacting potential student-athletes in search of talent. One such player that has attracted attention is from Lakeland, Florida.

Defensive end Maurice Coon, 6-1, 225 maybe off some of the recruiting radar because of a broken tibia he suffered last year and caused him to miss eight weeks of the 2006 football season. However, even before his injury he had been in contact with Oregon. Defensive line coach Michael Gray has been the Ducks' point man in communicating with Coon.

Usually when asked what are the strengths of their game, a player will say something like how good a rusher they are or how understand the game so well but Coon describes the best part of his game in an unusual manner.

"I like it best when it is the fourth quarter, and everybody is dead tired," described Coon. "That's when I give it my all."

Oregon apparently made first contact with Kathleen's past coach, Brian Armstrong. The Red Devils finished 9-3 last year and 4-0 in Florida's 3A District 10 League. Coach Armstrong has moved on and Aaron Strickland will be taking over as the new coach.

One of Coon's teammates is T.J. Lawrence, one of the top wide receiver prospects in Florida's 2008 recruiting class with 51 catches for 1,045 yards and 12 touchdowns last year.

Coon is now involved in track and participates by throwing the discus, shot put and also runs the 100 meters. His best time last year was 11.12.

In the weight room he has a 295-pound bench, squats 405 and a 205-pound power clean. He does well in the classroom with a 3.0 GPA on his last report card and a cumulative 2.8 GPA. He took his ACT two weeks ago, but does not have the results back yet.

So far he's hearing from a number of schools but lists Oregon, Notre Dame and Connecticut as his favorites.

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