December 17, 2009

Ducks tap JC ranks

With all the hype surrounding many high school defensive line prospects that the Oregon staff seems to be courting, it would be easy to overlook a guy they coveted out of high school just two years ago. The newest Oregon Duck is a kid who learned a harsh lesson coming out of high school but through hard work and dedication has been able to finally make his dreams come true. Phoenix College defensive end, Isaac Remington committed to the Oregon Ducks on Sunday night after a long and winding road to success.

The 6-foot-6, 270 pound defensive end visited Oregon in the summer of 2006 for the Oregon football camp and he walked away with the defensive linemen MVP award. Remington also walked away with what he thought was an offer, but that was before he realized that going to college is more than being a good football player.

"Oregon had always been my dream school and when I got that MVP award and they talked to me about offering, I was so excited but I was also completely na´ve and basically just a dumb kid who thought he had it made. Once they took a look at my transcripts they told me there was no way it could happen."

With his love for the Oregon program still intact, Isaac went just down the road from his high school in Chandler, AZ (Valley Christian) to work on his grades and his game at Phoenix College.

"Once I got here, my coaches and the guys around me made me realize that there is more than just playing the game. You have to learn to balance yourself in life in order to be successful. I grew up wanting to play in the PAC-10 and Oregon always showed me the most love. I never got much attention from the Arizona schools and I wanted to prove to Oregon that their belief in me was worthwhile."

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