Friday, June 1, 2012

2013 Recruiting In Depth: Defense Review Part II

As May comes to an end, recruiting will begin to pick up steam as young men travel to multiple camps and make unofficial visits to their favorite programs. Leading up to the summer camp season for football, Duck Sports Authority spent the month of May looking in depth at each position. During that stretch we looked at those with a listed offer in the Rivals database as well as a few off the radar prospects and some other intriguing athletes who have some measured interest in the Oregon program. It is a sign of just how far the Ducks program has ascended over the past few years that the coaches have been very selective in their early offers. In part two of our review looking at the defense, Duck Sports Authority reviews the defensive backs and outside linebacker positions.  

Outside Linebacker

Showing that they feel a need for players listed as outside linebackers, the Duck coaches have offered six players at the position. In our earlier look at the position there were just five offers. Josh Banderas, a Nebraska commit was recently offered.
Name Status Ht./Wt. Hometown
Michael Hutchings
Summary: The first, and most important strength is that he has great speed to go along with his 6-2, 210 pound frame. He uses his speed to his advantage in coverage. He is very good in zone coverage and has also shown good ball skills in man coverage. In run support, he has a good feel for the offense and flows with the play very well.

DSA Odds: Low He is planning to visit Oregon and the De La Salle connection may provide some help, but at this point the odds of Hutchings becoming a Duck look relatively low.
Offered, Medium Interest 6-2/210 Concord, CA
Peter Kalambayi
Summary: Kalambayi stands out on film with his incredible strength and his tenacity in run defense. He has great feet and flows well to the ball. He easily sheds the blocks of his opponents. When he makes a tackle, he makes it with an impact and, once he wraps up an opponent, he makes the tackle.

DSA Odds: Very Low As with any and all prospects, it is difficult to say a team is out of consideration until a possible visit. Kalambayi has not listed Oregon in his top three at any point, but that does not mean he is not interested.
Offered, Medium Interest 6-3/229 Matthews, NC
Deon Hollins Jr.
Summary: Hollins is very strong and very quick off the line. He excels at rushing the quarterback and is not a "one-trick pony" when it comes to getting to the quarterback.

DSA Odds: Low Though he is committed to UCLA, Hollins is still looking at other schools. Nonetheless, though he sports an Oregon offer, he has not shown much interest in the Ducks.
Offered, Medium Interest 6-2/225 Missouri City, TX
Josh Banderas Jr.
Summary: Banderas combines a very good frame with great speed. He recently won the Nebraska Class A state championship in the 110 meter hurdles and placed second in the 300 meter hurdles. Banderas plays very well in zone coverages and uses his speed to his advantage.

DSA Odds: Very Low Banderas is the son of a former Nebraska tight end and lives in Lincoln.
Offered, Committed to Nebraska 6-2/220 Lincoln, NE
Victor Egu
Summary: Though he has played football for just three seasons, he has shown strength and instincts that seem natural. He has active feet and drives through his tackles.

DSA Odds: Very Good At this point in time, the Oregon offer is one of just a few from a BCS school as he holds offers from Arizona State, Colorado, Washington and Oregon.
Offered, Medium Interest 6-3/217 Concord, CA
Isaac McDonald Jr.
Summary: McDonald, a three-star prospect from Florida, considers himself a safety and is interested in playing safety in college. Rivals, though, lists him as an outside linebacker. At 6-5, 205 pounds, most are projecting him to play either outside linebacker or defensive end.

DSA Odds: None hough he has an Oregon offer, McDonald has never expressed any interest in attending Oregon. He may be committed to Clemson, but it does look like there are other schools who might still be in play for McDonald. At this point, though, Oregon is not one of the schools.
Offered, Committed to Nebraska 6-5/205 Hialeah, FL

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