Oregon has had no problems attracting blue chip recruits on offense to come play for their football program, but need to consistently add that same kind of talent on defense. They are doing just that with a commitment from Mission Hills cornerback Troy Warner.
He’s one of the fastest rising prospects on the west coast and has the physical tools that every program in the nation is looking for in a cornerback prospect.
Warner is a smooth athlete with good speed. He has a good frame and awesome length. He looks slimmer than his listed weight. He’s going to benefit a lot from being in Oregon’s strength and conditioning program.
He has the best ball skills out of any player I’ve seen in the secondary in this recruiting class so far. He attacks the football in the air and tracks the ball exceptionally well. His size, length, and leaping ability helps him to get his hands on footballs that a lot of other players couldn’t get to. He also has the ability to finish interceptions and be a threat to take it back for six.
He looks smooth in his backpedal and shows really good footwork in his transitions, especially for someone his height. He shows little wasted motion and is fluid when opening his hips up.
I was impressed with him in off coverage. He can drop his hips, plant and explode when he breaks on the ball. I did not get to see him play press, but he physically has the tools to succeed in that area.
He’s a willing tackler in run support and does not shy away from contact.
I don’t think Warner is limited into what kind of scheme he can play in and should be a nice fit for whatever the Ducks ask of him. I know all programs covet big corners, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he moved to safety during his time in Eugene.
Warner may only be a composite 3 star player at this time, but I wouldn’t expect it to stay that way for very long. He has the potential to develop into a high quality starter at corner or safety in the Pac-12 and is a tremendous pickup for the Ducks.
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Jamie Uyeyama was a way too small defensive tackle at Idaho State University and a more appropriately sized rush end at Simon Fraser University. He was a coach at the college and high school level and is the son of Ron Uyeyama, a member of the Delta Sports Hall of Fame and high school football coach for over 30 years (hence the site name, Son of a Coach).