10 days ago, Oregon picked up a commit among a flurry of other additions after a slow start to the 2013 recruiting season. What may be lost in the mix is one of the most exciting, underrated recruits so far for the Ducks.
Darren Carrington is a 6-foot-3, 180-pound athlete from San Diego, California. Even though he is being recruited as a wide receiver, he’s seen time as a dual-threat quarterback and a cornerback. When the news first broke, researching his numbers were absolutely jaw-dropping.
The highlight video, which features almost 12 minutes of his ability, gives even more reason to be excited to see him put on the Oregon uniform next season.
Right off the bat in the above video, Carrington leaps over his defender and grabs a one-handed catch. This sets the tone for what can be seen throughout the video. His hands act like a magnet with the ball, breaking through the corner by blocking field goal kicks, picking off a quick pass by the opposing quarterback, and a turbo boost when he enters the open field.
What’s most impressive is watching Carrington do the fundamentals. He knows how to make the defenders miss by his sharp awareness on the field when he scrambles with the ball, juking and stutter-stepping to make his defenders miss, and even landing some big hits because he understands how tackle and bring down his opponent even at a smaller size.
It’s clear that the reason Carrington is being recruited as a wide receiver his due to the ability to make tremendous catches and gain yards after the catch by bouncing off of contact. What’s real exciting is the other positions the Horizon Christian athlete could see during his tenure with the Ducks.