January 5, 2011

PA DE sorting it out

Finding solid players for the defensive line has been a formidable task for the Oregon Ducks in recent years. In fact, it has become one of the key focuses for the Ducks staff. Second year defensive line coach Jerry Azzinaro has broadened the search to include east coast talent as well in hopes of bringing in more depth at the position. McKeesport, PA has two players that Azzinaro is targeting. Branden Jackson spoke with Duck Sports Authority recently to update us on his search for a home for the next several years.

"I'm still trying to narrow everything down, cut some schools off and everything like that," said Jackson.

The 6-foot-4, 220 pound defensive end has an impressive list of offers which include among others Michigan, Pittsburgh, Texas Tech, Iowa, West Virginia and North Carolina. Jackson is another player that could play at Oregon's hybrid defensive end position. He is long and has decent speed and versatility to rush off of the end or drop into coverage as a linebacker. He has had a fairly consistent top group of Oregon, Texas Tech, Iowa, and Michigan State but he is still looking to take his last visit. Michigan State, Michigan, West Virginia and North Carolina are all competing to get the final visit.

As for Oregon, Jackson says that there is a lot to like about the Pac-10 champion Ducks.

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