November 14, 2008

Ducks hot on trail of JUCO LB

The Oregon Ducks have been a major player for the top junior college talent in the country for a number of years and the class of 2009 will most certainly have a few additions from the JUCO ranks. Oregon recently put out its feelers for one of the top linebacker prospects in the nation and he says he is very interested in the Ducks.

Rocklin (Calif.) Sierra College has developed a reputation in recent years as having some of the elite junior college players in the country and 2008 is no different. Inside linebacker Bryson Littlejohn is a tackling machine for the Wolverines and on the top of many scouting boards nationwide. With current offers from Arizona, Cal, Kansas and Nevada, Littlejohn has been flirting with USC for months and now has the Oregon Ducks in hot pursuit.

"I talked to coach Pellum last night," Littlejohn said. "I am very interested in Oregon."

Littlejohn is 6-foot, 235 pounds and hits like a Mack truck. He finished second on his team last season with 62 total tackles and recorded 12 tackles-for-loss and six sacks in helping the Wolverines capture the Valley Conference title. This season he has been the workhorse on defense for Sierra, totaling 63 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 14.5 tackles-for-loss and three interceptions through nine games.

Littlejohn has a visit planned to Arizona in December and recently booked a tentative trip to Boise State for later this month. He says Oregon has a lot of things going in their favor.

"They are on the quarter system so if I do not get out in December I could come in April and be there for spring ball," Littlejohn said. "Coach Pellum said they are looking for a JC guy and I am the top guy on their board. He said they need a guy to come in and play right away."

Littlejohn was recently awarded four stars by and is rated the No. 17 junior college player in America. He has also started conversations with in-state rival Oregon State.

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