Duck fans should be excited because: Grandview coach John Schultz said the Ducks are getting a tremendous athlete who loves contact and just so happens to catch the ball very well.
“He’s one of the best players we’ve had come through Grandville High School,” he said.
• Steve Maher @FishDuck.com looks back at the lessons learned from the "Kelly-not Saga."
• Aaron Fentress believes the Ducks find that recruiting offensive linemen on the national level a real challenge.
Although over the years the Ducks have reeled in big fish from across the country at other positions, none has been of the 300-pound variety that does the heavy lifting in any offense. For that reason, Oregon hasn't made a hard push to seek linemen beyond the West.
• Dale Newton assesses Oregon's immediate needs in recruiting. Here are just a couple of Dale's thoughts:
As the signings come in and the glowing reviews of the classes are posted, it's important to remember that the impact and proof of a given class comes in two or three years. Only a handful of players will contribute immediately. Most are not physically or psychologically ready for an immediate leap to big-time college football.
Looking at the 2012 Ducks, however, there are a few clear opportunities for freshman and redshirt freshman to make an immediate contribution and compete for early playing time.