September 11, 2009

Ducks score another N.C. commit

Oregon is on a recruiting roll. For the second day in a row, the Ducks reached across the country to secure a verbal commitment for the class of 2010. On Thursday it was linebacker Chris McCain. Friday it was his teammate.

Duck Sports Authority caught up with Coach Otis Yelverton to get an update on the status of his players. Coach 'O' shared some good news for Duck fans.

"Chris McCain committed to Oregon yesterday and James Scales committed there this morning," Yelverton announced.

Rumors had been swirling that Oregon's tough game and aftermath would change or slow the decision for his players, some of whom were leaning towards the Ducks. Chris McCain cast substantial doubt on that theory yesterday with his commitment, and Coach Yelverton further put it to rest today.

"No I don't think so," responded North Guilford's coach. "Unfortunately that kind of stuff happens in sports. Chip had to do what he thought he had to do and that's the way the ball bounces. That was a hard decision to make."

Coach Yelverton thinks the deciding factor for James Scales was the fit of his skills with Nick Aliotti's defense. Scales is ranked as the #47 cornerback in the nation but projects as a safety for the Ducks.

"I think it was the fact they play a 4-2-5 defense," Yelverton answered. "Scales would not fit into everybody's program but those that run a 4-2-5 like Kentucky, Louisville, and Oregon. The reason is he is a safety type guy who can be in the box and will make good tackles. That's why it was a win-win for him and Coach Kelly."

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