Coach talks about latest UO commit

TheInsiders caught up with a busy Ralph Depew, head coach at Diablo Valley (Calif.) College, and he shed some light into what Oregon fans can expect when their newest commit, Marcus Maxwell, comes running out of the tunnel at Autzen Stadium this coming fall.

"On the field he's a tremendous competitor," Depew said Friday morning. "The word I would use to describe him is 'fearless'. He's a big kid at 6-3 and 210 pounds and he's barely scratched the surface of his potential. That's a scary thing, but it will be a great thing for Oregon fans to watch. There will be a period of adjustment, like there is for all young guys, but Marcus has competed at a high level for two years so he should be fine."

Marcus signed with UNLV as a Prop-48 player out of high school, but chose to go to Diablo Valley instead. "He's done a fantastic job in the classroom," Depew said. "He was just 2 credits short of graduating after only three semesters. He did a great job in summer school.

"He's the kind of player you hope your son grows to be like. He'll make great plays on the field, but he's not a strutter. There's a lot of humility with Marcus."

The Ducks were the only Pac-10 school to seriously look at Marcus, and according to Depew they will be rewarded for their dilligence in tracking him down despite his modest statistics. "He only had 42 catches this year, but by the fifth game of the season we had a receiver playing QB," Depew said. "If either of our regular QB's had been healthy all year he would have had 80 catches easily."

They had help in the sense that Maxwell wanted to stay fairly close to home. "Missouri offered him a scholarship and San Diego State did too, but he didn't want to leave the West Coast," Depew said. "He really liked Oregon on his visit (1/10). Our quarterbacks coach played for Andy Ludwig at Cal-Poly and I went to school with Coach Ferrigno at San Francisco State, but it was all Marcus' decision.

"He took a trip to San Diego State in December, and that was enticing. They had two receiver leave that combined for over 200 catches. But Oregon is where he wants to be."

Maxwell is on track to earn his AA in May and then enroll at UO in the fall.

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