Head coach Mark Helfrich smiles during today's press conference - Jake Tabor
New Oregon Head Coach Mark Helfrich spoke for the first time today on the new crop of Ducks.
*Recruit information courtesy of an Oregon press release.
Now that the class has signed and the players are officially members of the University of Oregon family, head coach Mark Helfrich spoke to the media this afternoon about the incoming players.
The bullet points are paraphrases of what Helfrich had to say about each player, unless in quotes.
Miscellaneous Helfrich quotes:
On location playing a role in recruiting: "We don't care if they're from Guam or wherever, if they can play, we want them...It just so happened this year that there were several guys (from Oregon) that fit that bill."
On running backs and workload: "We'll see how that goes. Again, that's one of the questions that will remain unsolved, game by game even."
On freshman and playing time: "We recruit guys to play, we don't recruit guys as an insurance policy...We recruit guys who hopefully are mature enough to come in and play, and we want them to be thinking that."
On to the players:
Joe Walker, LB, 6-2, 225, So., Palos Verdes, CA (LA Harbor College/Palos Verdes HS)
- Came into program in great shape from JC. Vocal, finishes drills well. Knows he has a chance to play right away.
Devon Allen, WR, 6-0, 187, Phoenix, AZ (Brophy Prep). Junior highlights.
- Really dynamic guy...from a great program...versatile athlete. Will help Track Town USA as well.
Kani Benoit, RB, 6-0, 200, Phoenix, AZ (Phoenix Thunderbird HS). Junior highlights.
- Just under eight yards per carry. Guy program had always kept eye on throughout recruiting process. Humble, competitive, elusive. Heavy runner, runs through arm tackles.
Doug Brenner, OL, 6-2, 279, Portland, OR (Jesuit HS). Camp film.
- From a great program at Jesuit...Solid kid, guy you'd want to hang out with. Anticipate him being a center or guard on offensive line. Vocal guy, could be a charismatic leader.
Darren Carrington, WR, 6-2, 186, San Diego, CA (Horizon HS). Junior highlights.
- Dad played for Chargers in the NFL. Dynamic guy, very under-recruited, then hammered near the end. Committed last summer after camp, best football is ahead of him. Natural hands, had a great all star game and all star camp. Excited to see him "grow up." Expected to fill out more.
Elijah George, OL, 6-5, 250, Las Vegas, NV (Arbor View HS).
- Mold of Jake Fisher. Lean kid, very athletic. Really like his upside because of his athleticism.
Damion Hobbs, QB, 6-2, 195, Cedar Hill, TX (Cedar Hill HS). Senior(?) highlights.
- Led team to state championship game in Texas 5A division. Just under 3000 yards with almost 30 TDs. Was committed somewhere else due to previous relationship with coach there. Can really throw it, really run it, great student.
Cameron Hunt, OL, 6-4, 265, Corona, CA (Centennial HS). Junior highlights.
- Fantastic offensive lineman. Road-grader. Very fast, physical player. Team ran for over 4,000 yards this season. Great kid from a great family.
Danny Mattingly, LB, 6-5, 222, Spokane, WA (Mead HS). ESPN interview.
- Versatile, big outside linebacker. Walked out of his house in Spokane going "how about this guy. Off the charts."
John Mundt, TE, 6-4, 232, Modesto, CA (Central Catholic HS). Senior highlights.
- Family is in the nut business. Very versatile body type. Fast, physical, great hands.
Jake Pisarcik, OL, 6-2, 290, Medford, NJ (Shawnee HS). Senior highlights.
- Dad was a former NFL quarterback. Got involved later in process, grew a ton between junior year and senior year. Stood out on film. Stayed strong with commitment, will start out as guard.
Torrodney Prevot, LB, 6-3, 214, Houston, TX (Alief Taylor HS). Camp clips.
- Tremendous smile, can really run. Dynamic guy, see him in the mold of Dion Jordan. Great tackler, great finisher. Knack for forcing fumbles. Aunt and uncle had one of the greatest visits of "all time."
- Very dynamic athlete. Can play a ton of places. Will let them (both Robinsons) pick first position and go from there. Flourishes in every position.
Tyrell Robinson, ATH, 6-4, 201, San Diego, CA (Lincoln HS). Junior highlights.
- Little bit bigger version of Tyree. Second, maybe third level athlete (LB/DB).
Chris Seisay, DB, 6-1, 177, American Canyon, CA (American Canyon HS). Senior highlights.
- Long striding, skinnier guy with huge upside. Liked development capability on film. Tough guy, great returner.
Thomas Tyner, RB, 5-11, 201, Aloha, OR (Aloha HS). Highlights from his 643 yard, 10 TD game.
- Obviously well publicized, off the charts, world-class speed. Will help track team as well. The total package as a tailback. Physical, fast, good hands. Kid you can have a normal conversation with, wants to compete.
- "Thomas is a great kid to talk to, he's been involved in a lot of high levels whether it's been track and field or football in terms of competition, and that's why we like those guys, because they compete...There's so many of those life lessons that go into that whole person deal that matter."
Evan Voeller, OL, 6-5, 278, West Linn, OR (West Linn HS). Junior highlights.
- Got a ton better as his career went on, got bigger throughout high school career. Plays urgently, physically. Will be a guard initially.
Juwaan Williams, ATH, 6-0, 181, Tucker, GA (Tucker HS). Junior highlights.
- Started talking to coaches about why he should come to Oregon during in-home, committed during in-home. Off the charts kid, in the mold of a Josh Huff guy, little taller.
Matt Wogan, PK/P, 6-2, 197, Indian Trail, NC (Porter Ridge HS). Junior highlights.
- In camp last summer, impressed as kicker and kid. Captain of football team as a kicker.
- "He's a guy on film who, he's done it. He's a touch-back machine...just a very productive, very efficient kicker...His makeup is solid as a rock as far as coming into this situation, you could have a better guy. He's an athlete who's a kicker."
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