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10:47 AM ET 07.14 | Oregon landed a verbal pledge from running back Royce Freeman on Friday, giving head coach Mark Helfrich and his staff their highest-profile recruit yet in the current cycle. The 6-foot, 227-pounder from Imperial High School (Imperial, CA) is the Ducks' first running back commitment in the Class of 2014. He impressed the Ducks at the recent Nike event, The Opening, a few weeks ago, displaying his various skills in 7 on 7. One of the best running backs in the country, Freeman is well-built with good speed and shiftiness. He is a powerful back more in the mold of a LeGarrette Blount than a LaMichael James. And if he does sign his Letter of Intent with the Ducks next February, he would be yet another top running back to head to Eugene, joining Lache Seastrunk, De'Anthony Thomas and Thomas Tyner. Freeman also had offers from major programs such as Alabama, USC, Florida and Stanford. He is Oregon's eighth pledge in the 2014 class.

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July 14, 2013  10:59 AM ET

Nice pick up ... big back. Oregon gonna have a "thunder and lightning" backfield?

However he won't be joining Lache Seastrunk as the article states.

July 14, 2013  01:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Nice pick up ... big back. Oregon gonna have a "thunder and lightning" backfield?However he won't be joining Lache Seastrunk as the article states.

Yeah, but this kid seems to be too big for Oregon's offense!!! he only runs the 40 in 4.56. LOL.

July 14, 2013  01:43 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Yeah, but this kid seems to be too big for Oregon's offense!!! he only runs the 40 in 4.56. LOL.

4.56...ship his arse to the B1G.

July 14, 2013  01:55 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Yeah, but this kid seems to be too big for Oregon's offense!!! he only runs the 40 in 4.56. LOL.

With that speed he could play OL in the SEC....

July 14, 2013  01:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

4.56...ship his arse to the B1G.

LOL, yeah you're right, the kid is pretty big at 6' and somewhere between 201/220 pounds.

July 14, 2013  01:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

With that speed he could play OL in the SEC....

Or linebacker.

July 14, 2013  02:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Or linebacker.

or bagmen ...

July 14, 2013  02:20 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

LOL, yeah you're right, the kid is pretty big at 6' and somewhere between *201/220 pounds.

*210/220

July 14, 2013  02:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

or bagmen ...

LOL, oh yeah, that is always a possibility!! :-)

 
July 15, 2013  03:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Nice pick up ... big back. Oregon gonna have a "thunder and lightning" backfield?However he won't be joining Lache Seastrunk as the article states.

Good knowledge on Seastrunk. Seastrunk has been a Baylor Bear since 2011 after his freshman year at Oregon.

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