Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Getting to know the new Oregon recruits: Christian French

Christian French is the sleeper, maybe the most intriguing recruit in the 2011 class. Wallace and Lyerla will probably have a more immediate impact. Two or three of the receivers could be future stars. Marcus Mariota may have the best package of skills for Oregon's spread offense ever. Yep, ever--He's a dual-threat marvel if he does the work and puts it together. That's two or three years away. Olomu, Cassell and Hardrick can really run and hit.

But French is the one, the athletic package that one player in a hundred has. 6-5, 236, according to his Oregon bio. He's run a 4.4 40 and 10.68 hundred meters (Kenjon Barner runs a 10.76, LaMichael James at 10.51--that's fast company.) Guys that size simply aren't that fast very often (Usain Bolt is 6-4, 6-5, but he weighs between 190 and 207 lbs.)

The intrigue, though, goes further than his uncommon size/speed combination.

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