How does Devon Allen's commitment impact Oregon's class?
It's been a long time coming, but after a little over a month of waiting, the Ducks secured their first verbal commitment since Spokane (Wash.) Mead three-star linebacker Danny Mattingly committed to Oregon on December 22. Friday, Phoenix (Ariz.) Brophy College Prep four-star wide receiver Devon Allen became the fourteenth player to commit to Oregon's 2013 recruiting class, joining San Diego (Calif.) Horizon four-star Darren Carrington as the second receiver to pledge to the Ducks this cycle.
In Allen, Oregon gets a player whose game is predicated on speed, speed, and more speed. Regarded as one of the top track athletes in the United States, Allen has posted brilliant times in multiple sprinting and hurdling events, including the 100 meters (10.48 - PR - 2012), 200 meters (20.75 - PR - 2012), and 110 meter hurdles (13.52 - PR - 2012). As a Duck, Allen plans to compete on both the track and the gridiron.
But is Allen a football player who happens to runs track, or is he a track athlete that who just so happens to play football?
Despite his gaudy track numbers, Allen is without a doubt a quality prospect at receiver. As a junior, Allen was one of the top receivers in the state of Arizona, catching 44 passes for 844 yards and 17 touchdowns; serving as a home run threat for a very good Brophy Prep squad that went 11-1 that season. Blessed with reliable hands and an appreciation for route running, Allen is more well-rounded than what meets the eye.
However, with Carrington and Allen now committed, does Oregon consider other options at wide receiver?
It's possible, particularly if Carrington decides to de-commit from Oregon following late official visits to Arizona, Arizona State, and perhaps Ohio State. Oregon has more or less planned on taking two receivers all along, so if Carrington bolts, look for the Ducks to perhaps take a closer look at Lancaster (Texas) three-star DeMarcus Ayers who is a close friend of current Oregon four-star verbal commitment at running back, Dontre Wilson. Don't be surprised either if Oregon elects to move one of the numerous "athletes" they are recruiting to wide receiver in the event Carrington leaves the class. Current Oregon four-star verbal commit Tyree Robinson could be a candidate to play offense, as could uncommitted three-star prospects Juwaan Williams and Damion Hobbs, who both are heavily considering Oregon at this time.