Wednesday, June 15, 2011

The Duck defense of the future

Watch the highlight video of Oregon's new class on defense, and the players that are high on Oregon's recruiting wish list, and a pattern emerges: they all play fast, and they're all hitters.

Newly enrolling class, profiles and video:  Ifo Ek

Ifo Ekpre-Olomu preOlo
Tyson Coleman
Rahim Cassell
Jared Ebert

Top Targets, 2012 recruiting class:

Jared Afalava
Kwon Alexander
DeForest Buckner
D.J. Foster  (will probably play wide receiver, but has the characteristic speed and toughness)
Oshay Dunmore (2012 verbal commit)
Jordan Simmons
Azziz Shittu
Alex Balducci  (2012 verbal commit)

Asked on Signing Day to sum up his recruiting philosophy, Chip Kelly said simply, "Speed."  If the Ducks sign a guy or pursue one, it will invariably be a guy who plays fast and loves to hit.

Imagine the transformation, the next level of Oregon football, as Kelly and Alotti fill the roster with players who fit this model of defense, fast, swarming, pursuing and physical.  Probably more highlights like these.

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