August 3, 2009
Ducks target Dargan
Oregon's next great safety might be in Pittsburgh, California right now. Erick Dargan, the 6' 1", 200lb. big hitter reports that he holds an offer from the Ducks to play safety for the Ducks.
"I received an offer from Nick Aliotti. I actually called him and when I did he told me when I called him. Safety is the position he offered me at." Dargan said he's being recruited by both Coach Aliotti and Coach Neal and that he will make an official visit to Oregon. "Probably sometime during the season I'll go up there I'm not sure when though."
The Ducks lost safety Patrick Chung and cornerback/safety Jairus Byrd to the NFL in the 2009 draft and TJ Ward is ready to graduate this year so they're looking for playmakers like the big, speedy Dargan. Last year he racked up an impressive 72 tackles for his Pittsburgh Pirates squad while adding three interceptions and two fumble recoveries. But this year, he won't have his old running mate in the secondary with him.
Avery Patterson, the incoming Oregon freshman was another standout in the Pittsburgh secondary last year and two are still friends. "I'd say that's one of the things that I like about Oregon, I already have a friend that's going to play up there," Dargan noted.
This summer his stock has soared as more coaches have seen him play at various camps around the Pac 10. "I went to the Cal, UCLA and the Stanford camps. We competed and had a lot of fun." Obviously, teams were impressed as he's now listed as the 19th rated safety in the nation according to Rivals. What Dargan brings most to the field is tenacity and the ability to make plays in both the run support and the passing game. He's a sure tackler with good size to play receivers at the next level. And that's why he's drawing the attention he is from recruiters.
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