With four commits invited to The Opening in Beaverton, Ore., last week, the Oregon Ducks recruiting class was among the best represented at the prestigious Nike camp. Local star Thomas Tyner was unable to attend, but the three Ducks commits in attendance all made it clear they were there for good reason.
Offensive lineman Alex Redmond (Los Alamitos, Calif./Los Alamitos), running back Dontre Wilson (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto) and wide receiver Darren Carrington Jr. (San Diego, Calif./Horizon Christian) all displayed the ability to compete with the best in the country.
Redmond was one of the more lightly regarded linemen in attendance, but a strong showing turned some heads.
ESPNHS Director of Football Events Brian Stumpf, sharing his thoughts on Redmond after the event: "Alex was one of the guys that not a lot of people knew about coming here but he was dominant on the first day and more than held his own the rest of the way. Many of us felt he was among the top five or six offensive linemen at The Opening."
Carrington displayed a lot of skill and made some of the best catches. While he didn't have too many chances, the four-star made his mark when his number was called.
Former CFL defensive MVP Michael Fletcher, who coaches defensive backs for Nike football events, has taken notice of Carrington during several events this offseason.
"Darren just has that 'it' factor about him. He has a surprising burst and he can separate past defensive backs on deep balls. He can run any route and make any catch. He made two of the most dynamic plays all week and two of his catches over the weekend were among the best we saw. I love his upside and think he'll make an immediate impact in Eugene," Fletcher said.
Of the three commits on hand, Dontre Wilson might have been the most impressive future Duck. The dynamic Wilson drew comparisons to another Texan turned Oregon Duck from multiple coaches.
"Dontre was on my team in 7-on[-7] and showed a burst like few other guys have. I swear he is the high school version of LaMichael James. He has great hands and no one can tackle him one on one," Fletcher said. "There were very few home runs out here this week, but out of the handful of them, Dontre had two of the 80-yard touchdowns we saw. His future in Oregon's offense is unlimited."