Oregon Football Recruiting: National Signing Day 2012

The Oregon Ducks are hoping to land some of the nation's top recruits on Wednesday - National Signing Day for college football.

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Oregon Ducks Football Recruiting: Darren Carrington Commits

The Oregon Ducks landed their first wide receiver for the 2012 recruiting class when wide receiver Darren Carrington from Horizon in San Diego committed. Carrington held offers from schools like Arizona and Boise State and received a huge Michigan offer a few weeks back, but it was clear he wanted to be with the Ducks.

"I just couldn't see it getting any better," he said. "The academics, the facilities were unreal, the coaches were amazing. Oregon offered everything and I almost left, but I decided not to wait. I'm a Duck and I'm happy to be a Duck."

Here are some thoughts from this profile of Carrington by Derrell Warren.

Carrington uses long strides to eat up a defender's cushion but isn't a true burner as his speed tends to taper off a bit after his initial burst off the line. A very natural pass catcher, Carrington has soft hands and effortlessly plucks the ball away from his frame. Combine that with his vertical jump, and he is tremendous in his ability to go up in the air and make spectacular catches.

Check out the video highlights of Carrington after the jump.

Oregon now has piled up four excellent recruits in offensive lineman Evan Voeller, running back Dontre Wilson, and perhaps the top tailback overall in Thomas Tyner. The Ducks don't have a lot of recruits yet in this class, but the ones that are coming in are pretty quality talents.

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Dontre Wilson Picks Oregon Ducks

Dontre Wilson committed to the Oregon Ducks over schools like Texas and Ohio State.


National Signing Day 2012: Thomas Johnson Recruiting Announcement Time, TV Schedule And More

It's National Signing Day 2012, and Thomas Johnson, a consensus 4-Star recruit, will announce his decision this morning, live on ESPNU at 9:20 am, as to where he plans to play college football next season. Johnson, who played for Skyline High School in Dallas, Texas, will likely choose between Oregon, TCU, Texas A&M, and Cal.

The 6'0, 180 pound receiver is the fourth ranked WR in the nation and the 34th ranked player overall, according to Rivals, and famously de-committed from Texas earlier this year. He caught 59 passes for 1,077 yards and 13 touchdowns his senior season, and has been compared to the Colts' Reggie Wayne in style and size.

Though he was verbally committed to Texas for nearly a year, the relationship became frayed. At the time he de-committed, a source told ESPN: "Genuinely I think he just wants to see some other universities. Wherever he goes they are definitely getting a dynamic impact player," the source said. "Thomas is a kid that could line up and play safety or corner too. He is the type of kid you see in a program once every 10 years."

Oregon fans will be on the edge of their seat awaiting this announcement.

For more on Oregon Football, check out Addicted to Quack, and to learn more about National Signing Day 2012 and where the nation's top recruits are headed, make sure you stop by SBN's College Recruiting Headquarters.


Oregon Football Recruiting: Arik Armstead Announces For Ducks, Will Play Football And Basketball

The departure of Tosh Lupoi from Cal to Washington might have had an unintended consequence: One of his biggest recruits that Lupoi was looking at will be going to neither school and will end up at perhaps the biggest rival in all the conference. Joe Davidson of the Sacramento Bee reports.

Arik Armstead made his announcement a few hours, and made his commitment to Oregon over an impressive list of schools, which included Cal, Washington as well as Auburn, UCLA and USC. Armstead really liked the sports business program and the Nike connections, and appreciated the lack of negative recruiting from Chip Kelly.

Armstead will enroll for the spring quarter in March and should be able to participate in spring practice, and he'll figure to compete for playing time on the defensive front. Armstead also wants to play hoops, and he should be in the mix to be on Dana Altman's squad.

To talk about Armstead and Oregon football recruiting, head on over to Addicted to Quack.


College Football Recruiting: Arik Armstead Will Announce College Decision On Sunday, Washington And Oregon In The Mix

One of the top football recruits in the country is expected to announce his college decision on Sunday. Could the Washington Huskies or Oregon Ducks wind up with lineman Arik Armstead?

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