L.A. Combine Notes

I'm back from the Home Depot Center where today Scout.com hosted over 300 top prep football players for their annual L.A. combine. Naturally it was impossible to cover many of these talented players, but I did chat with several key recruits that I thought would interest Oregon fans.

St. Bonaventure High School had a handful of players on hand, but none bigger than top running back Darrell Scott. He didn't stay long, but Darrell quickly drew raves when he scorched the artificial turf with a 4.32 forty yard dash. Simply put, Scott is one of the premier running backs in the country for the class of 2008. However, he recently whittled down his favorite schools list and it currently doesn't include Oregon. Since Darrell had previously registered as a friend on eDuck's myspace page I asked him if Oregon had really been eliminated. He chuckled and mentioned that Mike Bellotti had recently text messaged him expressing disappointment but then added that Oregon hadn't really recruited him very hard and he needed to narrow the field. And yet, he added some encouraging comments like "you never know" which gave me the impression that the Ducks could climb back into the Darrell Scott sweepstakes. His teammate and mammoth offensive lineman, Vaughn Dotsy, also chimed in that Steve Greatwood has been calling and he also has an interest in the Webfoots.

Next I sought out Culver City quarterback Darius Banks since he has expressed a keen interest in Oregon and has been discussed at length on our Talefeathers recruiting board. Darius wasn't much of a talker but looked solid in the quarterback drills and confirmed that the Ducks are still looking good in the hunt for his services.

There were also some familiar faces. Tight end Austin Holt made the trip from Utah to showcase his skills and Duck fans are probably wondering why I would mention a prospect who has already committed to BYU. I'll just say that the Holt family still loves Oregon and the February signing date is a long way off.

Finally, I noticed a dad on the sidelines sporting a new Oregon football jersey so naturally I felt compelled to investigate. It turns out that his son is middle linebacker Reuben Willis from Mayfair High School and the family just returned from Oregon's Junior Day. Reuben doesn't have a Duck offer yet but he is clearly being evaluated and has also been invited to Oregon's summer camp. We'll have to keep an eye on this guy.

More stories will be coming out of today's combine but I wanted to quickly pass along some tidbits to give Duck fans a brief preview of some interesting possibilities.

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