May 11, 2009

Four-star TE updates status

Who is 6-foot-5, 260 pounds and runs under 4.80 for the 40? One acceptable answer is Sheldon High School's Curtis White. The Eugene-area standout is rated as the #3 tight end in the country by Rivals.com, and Duck Sports Authority caught up with the Oregon commit at the end of Spring Camp.

Curtis White committed to the Ducks back in the beginning of March, the second player to verbal to Oregon for the Class of 2010 after Florida's Ethan Grant. At the conclusion of Oregon's 2009 spring camp, White gave his thoughts on the Ducks to DSA.

"They look good. Really good. I'm impressed with how the defense plays. I'm afraid I might be tempted to go to that side," White chuckled.

While an athlete like White could easily play either side of the ball in college, he took note of some of the spring position moves which make tight end extra-appealing.

"The tight ends are deep, so they moved a couple of guys (NaDerris Ward and Mychal Rivera) this spring," observed White. "That's exciting for a young guy like me to want to come in and play. They were good athletes and young like me so this gives me an opportunity to contribute earlier."

After Oregon's personnel moves this spring at tight end, the Ducks still have four scholarship athletes in the unit, Dickson, Lewis, Paulson and Jordan.

"It's a sweet situation," White admitted. "If they redshirt me then I'll be a redshirt freshman when Jordan is a junior and Paulson is a senior so it's a very good situation."

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