One area of need that the Ducks are going to be in dire need of recruits for the next couple cycles, but this one specifically is in the defensive backfield.
Not only will they be losing Ifo Ekpre-Olomu but also departing after their senior season will be Erik Dargan, Troy Hill and Dior Mathis. While replacing Ifo will be a big enough challenge, the depth at the position is what is really concerning to Duck fans moving forward.
While the Ducks have players in the fold with the Amoakos, Isaac Dixon and Tyree Robinson, they are going to need a lot more as time moves on. That's why Oregon needs to pick up a couple DBs in this cycle.
One of the main targets Oregon is looking at is 5* corner Kendell Sheffield out of Missouri City, TX. At 6'0" 180 lbs he has good size and frame which will translate well to the collegiate level.
Sheffield plays on both sides of the ball which aids him well on the defensive side of the ball as he can often anticipate what a receiver would do in most situations. He doesn't fear contact and seems to thrive on stepping up in run coverage, laying down the boom and cleaning up runners who have been strung out to the edge.
What concerns me about Sheffield is he seems to bait QB's too much and make them think a play is available and relies on his physical ability rather than fundamentals. Yes he makes a lot of athletic plays, but letting a receiver get behind you so you can make a big play will hurt you more than it will help.
However, with the coaching from John Neal, Sheffield could find himself as another link in the chain of DB's playing on Sunday who got their start at the U of O. It's going to be tough to get Sheffield out of the state of Texas but with the openings in the secondary, Oregon may look like an inviting place to play football.