DSA Inside Read: 2/11/2019
With the 2019 class all but signed, the Duck staff were waiting for a late night decision – except that they were not necessarily waiting. Late in the day yesterday afternoon, there was still no work on the lone remaining 2019 prospect and where he was headed; instead the coaches were busy starting preparation for the 2019 season and continuing to refine their hot boards for 2020 prospects.
Today on the inside read, we will share just a few last tidbits from the class of 2019 and begin looking ahead to some 2020 prospects.
Pre-snap: Nacua selected Washington over Oregon and Utah late last night.
Inside Read: I know that the temptation is to read a lot into the lack of a wide receiver coach; but as I said before the decision, that was not a reason that Nacua chose Washington over Oregon. Would a receiver coach in place have helped? Probably not. Whoever the Ducks hire (and there are two primary candidates at the moment), they would not have had a real relationship built with Nacua yet and his primary contact would have still been Mario Cristobal, Joe Salave’a and Keith Heyward.
At the end of the day, this was a family decision and, though there was the pull of staying closer to home, Washington is where Nacua wanted to be. The Huskies have done a good job with players of Polynesian descent and they were always at or near the top for Nacua.
The fact that Oregon was in such strong consideration so late is a testament to the effort of the staff; they did not give up with Nacua and they presented a tremendous plan for him.
Pre-snap: Johnson has not made formal a decision yet, but visited Oregon last month.
Inside Read: Nothing has really changed. His visit was great and he loved his time. He got to talk a lot of football with Justin Herbert and sees himself having an impact. He knows he has to work hard to learn the playbook and develop a rhythm with Herbert, but he is ready to do just that.
The feeling of being at home was important, but for graduate transfers, there is also the importance of making the right ‘business’; decision and Johnson feels that Oregon fits both.
If you ask me today, he will be a Duck.
Pre-snap: Drake Metcalf is a three-star OL prospect from St. John Bosco.
Inside Read: Metcalf had a fantastic weekend capturing OL MVP honors at the Los Angeles Regional Opening. While he does not have the kind of ‘road-grader’ size that seems to be prevalent in most of Mario Cristobal’s offensive line offers, he has fantastic technique and the right kind of attitude to be a very good offensive lineman at the next level; he also has a lot of frame to add the kind of weight he will need at the next level.
He really likes Oregon and loves the feel of the program. AS a former team mate of Sua’ava Poti, he knows all of the good things there are to know; he loves the atmosphere and most of all loves the environment created by Cristobal. There is a long way to go here, but he is definitely someone on whom to keep an eye over the next 12 months.