September 16, 2010
Ducks add speedy LB
The Oregon Ducks recently gained the verbal pledge of Kyrie Wilson(Bakersfield, CA). Wilson chose Oregon over Washington State and Fresno State.
"Yes, I committed to Oregon," stated Wilson.
Wilson, a 6-foot-2 and 211 pound linebacker made an official trip to Eugene on opening day and came away impressed. The Rivals' three star linebacker has had a quiet recruitment but is possibly the fastest linebacker on the west coast getting timed at a 4.57 in the 40 at the Los Angeles underclassmen combine earlier this year. Not only is Wilson fast but he is an excellent athlete that shows great versatility wherever Wolfpack head coach Dennis Manning plays him.
"He's a really good player, aggressive, hits you, and has dynamic power. He has good hands and plays tight end and he's real aggressive on both sides of the ball," explained Manning. "Probably what he loves to do the most is come off the edge. But he brings tremendous athleticism for a guy his size. He intercepted two passes in our last game and ran one of them back for a touchdown."
Wilson has stated that the Ducks are recruiting him to play linebacker but his athleticism and versatility is something the Ducks have enjoyed great success with in the past. Players like Kenjon Barner, Eddie Pleasant, and Daryle Hawkins are all current players that were recruited to play different positions than they are currently playing. Manning feels that Wilson's talents are best utilized when he can be in the middle of the field and let him make plays.
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