May 1, 2008

Ducks add JC quarterback

Hold the presses. Just when you thought it was safe to finalize the paperwork for the class of 2008, the Oregon Ducks have landed another gem from the junior college ranks. Rumors started surfacing a few weeks back that San Francisco (Calif.) City College of San Francisco quarterback Jeremiah Masoli has been on a tour of the country visiting campuses and today he finalized the deal to Eugene.

CCSF quarterback Jeremiah Masoli was considered by many to be too small to play DI football in high school but a year later the scouts at major programs across the country disagree. With four trips to major programs in the past three weeks and other high-profile programs looking to get in late, Masoli signed on the dotted line on Thursday to continue his football career at Oregon.

"I just signed with Oregon about an hour ago," Masoli said. "I had four trips and four offers in the past three weeks. First, I went o Arizona and I liked it out there. Next, I went to Oregon. Last week I went to Auburn on Monday through Wednesday and Arkansas Friday to Sunday."

Masoli says Michigan, Texas, TCU, Florida, Purdue and Washington State all were calling and looking to talk in the past three weeks, but he decided to narrow it to four.

"Oregon was kind of like my dream school," Masoli said. "I've been a fan for awhile. My cousin Matt Toeaina played there."

Masoli is 6-foot, 205 pounds and runs the 40-yard dash around 4.6 seconds. He guided the Rams to the 2007 state title when he threw for 3,065 yards with 26 touchdowns against only three interceptions. He also rushed for 386 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground.

Masoli says Oregon was a great fit from the beginning and his visit did nothing to disprove that.

"What really turned me on were the coaches and the players," Masoli said. "I felt like I could come in and fit right in. I think Eugene is a great city and a great atmosphere. They have great fan support and facilities. I could picture myself in a Duck uniform. Being close to home where my family could see me play was another bonus."

Masoli says he will leave in June with four years left to play three years of football for the Ducks. He says he feels he could come in and make an immediate impact.

"They have a No. 1 guy right now and everybody else is pretty much fighting for No. 2," Masoli said. "I feel like I can come in and compete right away. Redshirt is really not on anybody's mind."

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