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Mark Helfrich on the new Ducks

The Oregon Ducks will have 21 new scholarship players next season, three players from junior colleges, one transfer and 17 incoming freshmen.

Here is what Ducks coach Mark Helfrich had to say about the recruiting class:

  • JC PLAYERS

    CB Dominique Harrison (5-11, 185 pounds, junior, Contra Costa College, Calif.)

    “He’s already on campus. He’s really fast, physical.”

    OL Haniteli Lousi (6-5, 295, junior, College of San Mateo, Calif.)

    “We just love Haniteli’s everything. His feet, his finish. He’s a very polished guy, a very physical guy. He should come in during spring practice and put things in a highly competitive situation for a couple of open spots."

    DL Tui Talia (6-5, 270, junior, Diablo Valley College, Plesanton, Calif.)

    “He keeps growing and growing. He’ll be a guy potentially at defensive end and maybe even at nose (guard).”

  • TRANSFER

    LB Johnny Ragin (6-3, 215, California)

    “He had a one-year sabbatical to Cal. He’ll have to sit a year. He’s on campus and has done a really nice job, by all accounts, of working hard. He has the potential to play all linebacker spots for us.”

  • PREPS

    WR Jalen Brown (6-2, 185, Mountain Pointe High, Phoenix, Ariz.)

    “He’s an early enrollee. He’s a great kid from a great family who was captain of his team. Really physical receiver.”

    LS Tanner Carew (6-2, 215, Damien High, La Verne, Calif.)

    “Hopefully you never have to know his name too much. As a long snapper, just do your job and get out of the way.”

    OL Tyrell Crosby (6-5, 290, Green Valley High, Henderson, Nev.)

    “He was a three-sport captain, in football, basketball and track. He’s a guy with some great urgency and power. He has a young body that’s capable of growing into what we want.”

    OL Braden Eggert (6-7, 305, Napa High, Calif.)

    “He’s just enormous. He played both sides of the ball in high school. With one year of development, strength, conditioning, he’s going to explode.”

    RB Royce Freeman (6-0, 225, Imperial High, Imperial, Calif.)

    “Great kid, great family, great player, great hands, great smile. I just love everything about this guy. He’s been committed to us for a long time. He’s fast, physical. A lot of people compare him to Jonathan Stewart.”

    LB Justin Hollins (6-5, 215, Martin High, Arlington, Texas)

    “He’s going to end up being something. From a positional standpoint, outside 'backer or maybe move to D-end when he grows up.”

    DB Glen Ihenacho (6-0, 185, Serra High, Gardena, Calif.)

    “He has a great pedigree, a great temperament. He can bring it. He’ll hit you. He has great ball skills. A lot of people were recruiting him as an offensive player.”

    RB Tony James (5-10, 175, Gainesville High, Fla.)

    “He might be the fastest guy. He was the first letter-of-intent guy this morning. He’s a great, versatile, something. Tailback, slot receiver, a lot of people were trying to recruit him as a DB.”

    DL Jalen Jelks (6-6, 250, Desert Vista High, Phoenix, Ariz.)

    “A big, versatile, athlete. He’s a great looking kid. We’ll sort it out about how much weight he puts on. He’s a really long-armed kid. Great desire.”

    QB Morgan Mahalak (6-3, 190, Martin Catholic High, Kentfield, Calif.)

    “He’s a kid we saw when we were evaluating another guy. Morgan is a tough, competitive, great-look-in- his-eye, charismatic leader who can run and throw.”

    DL Austin Maloata (6-2, 290, Centennial High, Corona, Calif.)

    “He’s a kid who literally came to the United States last April. When he moved here he weighed 238. He kept growing and growing. He’s now 291 and can run. He’s explosive. We’re excited about the depth he can provide inside.”

    DB Mattrell McGraw (5-11, 180, John Curtis High, River Ridge, La.)

    “The highlight of Mattrell’s recruitment was his grandma’s jambalaya.”

    DL Henry Mondeaux (6-5, 255, Jesuit High, Portland)

    “He’s a versatile big man. We’ll figure out where he wants to play, either offense or defense. Just love this kid. Great family, great character.”

    ATHLETE Charles Nelson (5-9, 170, Seabreeze High, Daytona Beach, Fla.)

    “He’s a multi-sport freak. Unbelievable speed and change of direction. Some people were recruiting him for defense. A really mature guy who has a chance to have an immediate impact.”

    DB Khalil Oliver (6-1, 195, Rocky Mountain High, Meridian, Idaho)

    “Khalil is a really mature kid, fun guy to be around. He wants to be a doctor. He’s a humble guy off the field and has a great desire on the field.”

    DB Arrion Springs (6-0, 195, Roosevelt High, San Antonio, Texas)

    “A dynamic guy. We battled right down to the end with some other schools. Not the biggest guy on the field, but a physical dude. Off the field, a very humble, quiet guy.”

    LB Jimmie Swain (6-3, 230, Olathe North High, Olathe, Kan.)

    “A great kid, big, versatile guy. He’ll be an outside 'backer with us with the potential to play inside. He has a chance to contribute in a lot of ways on defense or special teams.”