Ducks Announce 2016 Signing Class
Release Date: 02/03/2016
Dakota Prukop, QB, Sr., 6-2, 195, Austin, TX (Montana State/Vandergrift HS)
AJ Hotchkins, LB, Jr., 5-11, 230, Portland, OR (Riverside City College/Tigard HS)
Logan Bathke, OL, 6-6, 260, Orange, CA (Lutheran HS)
Brady Breeze, DB, 6-1, 200, Portland, OR (Central Catholic HS)
Eric Briscoe Jr., LB, 6-3, 215, Yakima, WA (AC Davis HS)
Jacob Capra, OL, 6-5, 300, Auburn, CA (Placer HS)
Troy Dye, LB/S, 6-4, 210, Norco, CA (Norco HS)
Darrian Franklin, LB, 6-1, 200, Downey, CA (Downey HS)
Justin Herbert, QB, 6-6, 215, Eugene, OR (Sheldon HS)
Hunter Kampmoyer, LB, 6-4, 245, Bishop, CA (Bishop Union HS)
Wayne Kirby, DT, 6-3, 320, Pocatello, ID (Highland HS)
Cameron McCormick, TE, 6-5, 230, Bend, OR (Summit HS)
Dillon Mitchell, WR, 6-1, 190, Memphis, TN (White Station HS)
Samuel Poutasi, OL, 6-4, 330, Las Vegas, NV (Desert Pines HS)
Keith Simms, LB, 6-3, 235, Bethesda, MD (Landon HS)
Tristen Wallace, ATH, 6-4, 235, DeSoto, TX (DeSoto HS)
Terry Wilson, QB, 6-3, 195, Del City, OK (Del City HS)
Lamar Winston, ATH, 6-3, 220, Portland, OR (Central Catholic HS)
Bryson Young, DE, 6-5, 230, Clovis, CA (Buchanan HS)
DAKOTA PRUKOP – QB, Sr., 6-2, 195, Austin, TX (Montana State/Vandergrift HS)
The Associated Press first-team All-American completed his career at Montana State with 7,347 yards of total offense, fourth in MSU history; 1,763 rushing yards, 10th-most as a Bobcat; and 5,584 passing yards, fifth in MSU annals . . . Rushed for 24 touchdowns in his career and threw for 46 scores . . . Was named a second-team All-Big Sky honoree following his junior year as well as a STATS FCS Player-of-the-Year semifinalist . . . Passing for 3,025 yards while accumulating 3,822 yards of total offense yards in 2015, his 37 total touchdowns were the most in school history . . . Throwing for 399 yards in back-to-back games against Cal Poly and Northern Arizona, he also passed for 313 against Montana . . . He added 196 yards on the ground against Eastern Washington and 102 against Portland State . . . The team captain was named third-team pre-season All-America by STATS Inc. heading into last season . . . Despite missing two late-season games due to injury as a sophomore, he accounted for 2,559 yards passing and rolled up 3,525 yards of total offense, including two of the top four total offense games in school history (509 yards vs. UC Davis and 478 yards against Sacramento State) . . . The third-team all-Big Sky Conference honoree ran for 13 TDs and passed for 18 more in 2014, with his 31 total scores ranking as the school’s second-most single-season tally ever . . . Voted by his teammates as the team’s MVP, he was rewarded as the conference’s Player of the Week on four occasions and FCS national Offensive Player of the Week vs. Sacramento State . . . He eclipsed 100 rushing yards in five games, including 176 vs. Black Hills State.
High School - The two-year team captain earned All-District 25-4A honors as a quarterback and safety during his senior season while the 2011 team MVP also was named an academic all-district choice.
JUNIOR COLLEGE TRANSFER
AJ HOTCHKINS – LB, Jr., 5-11, 230, Portland, OR (Riverside City College/Tigard HS)
The PrepStar JC All-American and nation’s top-ranked junior college inside linebacker (247Sports) accumulated 99 tackles his sophomore season, including 5.5 TFLs, and recovered one fumble for the Tigers, who finished 2015 with an 8-3 record . . . Led his team in tackles on eight of 11 occasions for the North Central League
co-champions and tallied in double figures in six games, including a season-high 13 tackles (10 unassisted) vs. Mt. San Antonio, and finished with 12 tackles in three additional appearances . . . Also was named to the Southern California Football Association’s first team his sophomore season as well as was the lone all-league unanimous choice on defense . . . Posted 101 tackles his freshman year as the SCFA’s defensive player of the year contributed nine tackles-for-loss, two quarterback sacks, returned one interception for a touchdown, and forced one fumble . . . Was a teammate of 2015 Oregon signee Jonah Moi for the 2014 season at RCC . . . Earned first-team all-state accolades (The Oregonian) for a Tigard High School contingent that advanced to the 2013 state 6A semifinals his senior year in addition to receiving second-team all-state recognition as a fullback and defensive lineman as a junior . . . Despite initiating his football career in 2012 as a prep junior, he received first-team all-league attention on both sides of the football his first season . . . Enrolled at Oregon in time for the start of the winter term in order to begin preparations for the start spring practice.
LOGAN BATHKE – OL, 6-6, 260, Orange, CA (Lutheran HS)
Made tremendous strides between his junior and senior seasons as he was selected as one of the area’s top offensive linemen by the L.A. Times . . . The PrepStar All-West Region choice was ranked among top 50 offensive tackle prospects in the country (Rivals.com) and among the top 10 offensive tackles in the West by Scout.com his senior year for the Lancers, who completed 2015 ranked 14th in the state despite their 6-6 record . . . He was selected to play in the Semper Fidelis All-American game after playing a major role for a team that averaged 259.1 rushing yards per game and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Pac-5 Division playoffs . . . Included were season highs of 576 rushing yards and 691 yards of total offense vs. St. Bonaventure . . . Was named first-team all-Trinity League and first-team all-Orange County following the 2015 campaign after entering his final prep season ranked fourth in the county among offensive tackles (Orange County Register).
BRADY BREEZE – DB, 6-1, 200, Portland, OR (Central Catholic HS)
Included among Rivals.com Rivals250 as the state’s No. 1 prep prospect (Scout.com), the PrepStar All-American was one of 50 high school players selected to play for the U.S. Under-19 National Team in the 2016 International Bowl . . . Ranked as the No. 9 safety in the country by Rivals.com as well as 34th in the West by Scout.com, the two-time first-team all-state defensive back (The Oregonian) helped lead the Rams to an 8-3 record his senior year and a pair of Mt. Hood Conference titles, along with the Oregon 6A state championship in 2014 . . . Garnered 58 tackles (31 unassisted), two fumble recoveries, and one interception as a senior while tallying 458 rushing yards (7.6 avg.) and six touchdowns . . . Also caught 10 passes for 179 yards and two more scores in addition to throwing for one TD . . . Accumulated 42 tackles and three interceptions his junior year in addition to contributing 175 rushing yards and 172 yards receiving . . . Earned second-team all-conference honors as a sophomore at South Medford High School while recording 79 tackles and five interceptions before transferring to Central Catholic prior to his junior season . . . Is the nephew of former Oregon All-America safety Chad Cota, who helped lead the Ducks to the 1995 Rose Bowl.
ERIC BRISCOE JR., LB, 6-3, 215, Yakima, WA (AC Davis HS)
Ranked as the No. 4 recruit in the state, the PrepStar all-West Region choice was credited with 101 tackles, five quarterback sacks, and a pair of forced fumbles in nine games his senior year for a team that finished with a 7-4 record . . . The first-team all-state linebacker (Associated Press) also added 13 receptions for 209 yards and two touchdowns on the other side of the football for the Pirates, who advanced to the opening round of the state’s 4A playoffs for the second year in a row . . . Garnered first-team all-state acclaim as a tight end his junior year while catching 26 passes for 380 yards and four touchdowns, and contributed 62 tackles, two interceptions and one fumble recovery as a linebacker/safety . . . Achieved most of his recognition as a tight end early in his prep career, claiming second-team all-Big 9 Conference honors as a freshman and second-team all-state plaudits the following year when he grabbed 32 catches for 393 yards and six scores in 2013 . . . Offered a glimpse of his future on defense with 50 tackles and two forced fumbles his sophomore season.
JACOB CAPRA, OL, 6-5, 300, Auburn, CA (Placer HS)
Drew rave reviews for his play on both the offensive and defensive lines for the undefeated Pioneer Valley League championships who helped lead the Hillmen to the semifinals of the 2015 Sac-Joaquin Section Division III state championship playoffs and a 12-1 record . . . The PrepStar All-West Region pick ranked 7th on Scout.com’s list of the state’s top offensive tackles and 8th on its list encompassing the West region after keying the program’s dominating ground game that rushed for over 4,500 yards (351.0 avg.) and 59 touchdowns his senior season . . . Characterized as an overpowering blocker who constantly put the opposition on their backs as his team accounted for five games of rushing totals greater than 420 yards, including 537 yards against Patterson . . . Added 45 tackles, 2.5 quarterback sacks, and a pair of blocked field goals his final two prep seasons . . . The two-time first-team all-Metro selection (Sacramento Bee) also earned first-team all-Sac-Joaquin Section and first-team all-Northern California honors by MaxPreps.com to culminate his senior year after claiming second-team all-Northern California recognition in 2014 . . . Graduated from high school early in order to enroll at Oregon in time for the start of the winter term.
TROY DYE, LB/S, 6-4, 210, Norco, CA (Norco HS)
The PrepStar all-West Region choice ranks 29th among the list of the nation’s top safeties by Rivals.com after securing a team-high 105 tackles (58 unassisted) and four interceptions in 11 games his final prep campaign, returning one of his picks for a touchdown . . . Ranking third in the Big VIII League in tackles, his totals included 16 stops against Citrus Hill and Centennial (14 unassisted), as well as 15 takedowns vs. Roosevelt, where he tallied three of his 11.5 tackles-for-loss and returned one of his interceptions for a 34-yard score in a 42-28 win . . . Also reached the end zone twice among his 11 receptions for 212 yards (19.3-yard avg.) in 2015 . . . Enjoyed his best offensive output in the same game, grabbing three of his catches for 69 yards for the Cougars, who ranked 21st in the area by the L.A. Times while finishing his senior season with an 8-3 record and an opening-round setback in the CIF Southern Section playoffs . . . Possessing a physical presence, he completed 2014 with 106 tackles, one forced fumble, and one interception, including a career-high 18 tackles vs. Mission Viejo . . . Graduated from high school early in order to enroll at Oregon in time for the start of the winter term.
DARRIAN FRANKLIN, LB, 6-1, 200, Downey, CA (Downey HS)
Recognized among the nation’s top prep prospects as indicated by the inclusion on the Scout 300 listing after tallying 71 tackles (43 unassisted) and three quarterback sacks in 2015 . . . The PrepStar All-American was selected to play in the Semper Fidelis All-American game, but opted to enroll at Oregon for the start of the winter term instead . . . Ranked 37th in the country at his position by Rivals.com and the No. 5 outside linebacker in California by Scout.com, the Vikings’ fifth-leading defender posted a single-game high 15 tackles, including two QB takedowns, in the win over Paramount after coming up with 13 stops (11 solo) vs. Warren . . . The Long Beach Press-Telegram All-Area Dream Team honoree also was utilized as a receiver throughout his high school tenure, accumulating 40 catches for 580 yards and five touchdowns while enjoying his greatest offensive success his sophomore and junior seasons . . . Registered 41 of his 88 tackles unassisted as a junior while posting eight quarterback sacks, two caused fumbles, and one interception . . . Included were 14 tackles and four TFLs in the second game in 2014 vs. Vista Murrieta and 13 stops in the CIF Southeast Division of the Southern Section championship game against Crescenta Valley . . . Graduated from high school early in order to enroll at Oregon in time for the start of the winter term.
JUSTIN HERBERT, QB, 6-6, 215, Eugene, OR (Sheldon HS)
The multi-sport standout ranks fourth among the state’s 2015 prep football prospects (ESPN.com) as the Southwest Conference offensive player-of-the-year attracted PrepStar all-West Region honors . . . Shared first-team 6A all-state accolades (The Oregonian) as he quarterbacked Sheldon to a 10-2 ledger his senior season after being chosen a second-team all-state first baseman in the spring of 2015 . . . Threw for 3,130 yards and 37 touchdowns his final prep campaign while completing 66.5 percent of his passes, and ran for 543 yards (5.4-yard avg.) and 10 scores to lead the Irish to the 2015 6A state semifinals . . . Included were
season-bests of 475 passing yards and five TDs in the regular-season meeting with state champion Jesuit as well as 158 yards on the ground vs. South Medford . . . Completed 10 scoring passes in the first two games of his junior year before suffering a season-ending leg injury . . . Returned for the 2015 baseball season to hit .400 while scoring six runs and driving in 11 RBIs for a contingent that defeated West Linn for the Class 6A state championship . . . Also accumulated a 1.98 ERA in 42.1 innings, striking out 39 batters . . . Was a starter for the school’s basketball team that fell short in the 6A state championship game as a sophomore.
HUNTER KAMPMOYER, LB, 6-4, 245, Bishop, CA (Bishop Union HS)
Made his presence felt along the Bronco’s offensive and defensive lines since his freshman year, acquiring PrepStar All-West Region honors his senior year . . . Ranked 56th on the list of top prospects in the state by Rivals.com and the fourth-best defensive end (247Sports), he earned first-team all-Division IV-V all-state acclaim (Cal-Hi Sports) as a defensive linemen following the 2015 campaign after claiming second-team all-state recognition as a junior . . . Accumulated career totals of 348 tackles (193 unassisted) in 35 games (9.9 avg.), including 23 quarterback sacks, in addition to forcing seven fumbles and blocking four kicks . . . Tallied 86 stops (55 solo) and 17 tackles-for-loss his final prep season while adding two interceptions and forcing one loose ball to lead his team to the opening round of the CIF Central Section Division V state playoffs . . . In addition to breaking into the starting lineup along the offensive line as a freshman, he was credited with over 100 tackles in both his sophomore and junior seasons . . . Offensively, he rushed for 231 career yards (6.4 per-carry avg.) and six touchdowns while catching 48 passes for 812 yards and six scores . . . Graduated from high school early in order to enroll at Oregon in time for the start of the winter term.
WAYNE KIRBY, DT, 6-3, 320, Pocatello, ID (Highland HS)
Ranked as the top prospect in the state by ESPN.com and Idaho’s best defensive lineman (Scout.com), he has been described as physical player who maintains good pad level while utilizing uncanny athleticism along with good use of his hands and upper body strength . . . The two-time first-team all-Idaho selection (as chosen by the state’s high school coaches) as well as a second time all-area honoree (Idaho State Journal) finished his senior season with 44 tackles for the Rams, who advanced to the semifinals of the Idaho 5A state playoffs in 2015 and posted a 9-2 record . . . He also accumulated 11 tackles for loss, five quarterback sacks and three forced fumbles a year ago for a team that ended the season ranked fourth in the state . . . Tallied 49 tackles and four QB stops behind the line of scrimmage for the unbeaten 5A state champions as a junior while anchoring a defensive line that allowed only 12.9 points per game . . . Was singled out as the defensive line MVP at the All-Poly football camp during the summer prior to his high school senior season.
CAMERON McCORMICK, TE, 6-5, 230, Bend, OR (Summit HS)
Entered the 2015 season rated as the No. 1 tight end prospect in the western half of the country (24/7Sports) before a leg injury sidelined him for the remainder of his senior season after two games . . . Still considered among the best tight ends in the state after accumulating career totals of 51 catches for 694 yards (13.6 avg.) and 10 touchdowns . . . The PrepStar all-West Region selection and 2014 all-state honorable mention choice (The Oregonian) claimed first-team all-Intermountain League tight end honors after grabbing 35 receptions for 491 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior for the Storm, which finished the season with a 7-3 record and an opening-round exit in the OSAA Class 5A state playoffs . . . Summit won the 5A state championship (12-1) over Ashland in 2015 . . . Ranked as the state’s No. 4 prospect by Scout.com, he totaled 49 tackles in 2014 including four quarterback sacks (31 yards in losses), and was credited with three forced fumbles while breaking up three passes . . .Received second-team all-league accolades on defense as a sophomore in addition to honorable mention conference kudos on offense . . . Was tutored along the defensive line by former Oregon and Minnesota Vikings’ standout Neil Elshire.
DILLON MITCHELL, WR, 6-1, 190, Memphis, TN (White Station HS)
Has positioned himself as an athletic standout as demonstrated by being named Tennessee’s Gatorade football player of the year as well as one of the top basketball point guards in the country . . . Receiving countless scholarship offers from Power Five conference schools in both sports, the two-time first-team football all-state athlete (Tennessee Sports Writers Association and Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association) was included among Rivals.com Rivals250 listing . . . Was awarded the Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Award as the state’s best back (Class 6A) after catching 62 passes for 1,143 yards and accumulating 31 total touchdowns during the 2015 regular season . . . Included were single-game highs of six touchdowns against both DeSoto Central and Arlington, with four of the scores in the latter game resulting from plays of 77 yards or longer . . . Among the explosion scores was a 100-yard interception return vs. Arlington . . . Contributed 12 additional trips into the end zone in three post-season appearances . . . Voted the 2015 all-Region 4-6A offensive player of the year by the district coaches, the PrepStar all-Southeast Region choice helped lead the Spartans to a 9-4 record and the quarterfinals of the 6A state playoffs . . . Graduated from high school early in order to enroll at Oregon in time for the start of the winter term.
SAMUEL POUTASI, OL, 6-4, 330, Las Vegas, NV (Desert Pines HS)
Ranked as the top prospect in the state (Scout.com) despite missing the majority of his senior season with a leg injury suffered during the 2015 spring . . . Returned to play for the start of the NIAA Division I-A Southern Region state playoffs, with the Jaguars advancing to the playoff semifinals with an 8-3 record . . . The PrepStar all-West Region selection was named to the 2015 American Family Insurance All-USA Nevada football team after receiving pre-season all-city acclaim by the Las Vegas Sun for a team that averaged 42.6 points and 387.4 yards of total offense per game . . . Completed a tremendous junior year for a program that advanced to the NIAA Division I-A state championship playoff finals, finishing with an 11-2 record . . . Garnered 2014 Division I-A first-team all-state and first-team all-Sunrise League accolades . . . Is the younger brother of former Utah three-year starting offensive linemen Jeremiah Poutasi, who completed his rookie year with the Tennessee Titans.
KEITH SIMMS, LB, 6-3, 235, Bethesda, MD (Landon HS)
One of the most decorated football players ever to be produced by the school, the PrepStar all-East Region standout was rated as the state’s No. 8 prep prospect (Rivals.com) as well as the third-best outside linebacker in the East Region (Scout.com) . . . Included on the Scout 300 listing, the Bears’ team captain was credited with eight blocked kicks during a five-week span early in his senior season . . . Also considered as the No. 20 outside linebacker in the country by Rivals.com.
TRISTEN WALLACE, ATH, 6-4, 235, DeSoto, TX (DeSoto HS)
Considered to be the No. 4-ranked athlete in the country by 247Sports and the seventh-rated dual-threat quarterback in the nation by ESPN.com . . . Presents the combination of size, athleticism, and agility, along with a strong arm that warranted his inclusion among the PrepStar Top 150 Dream Team and ESPN 300 ledgers . . . The quarterback threw for 2,167 yards and 12 touchdowns his senior year while adding 1,478 yards and 16 scores on the ground for the Eagles, who dropped a one-point decision in the second round of the UIL Texas 6A D1 state playoffs . . . Surpassed the century mark in rushing yards in nine of 12 games, including a season-high 193 yards vs. Midlothian, and passed for 479 yards and three scores in the season-opening win against Martin . . . Was selected to play on the U.S. Under-19 National Team in the 2016 International Bowl . . . Was sidelined after two games of the regular season his junior year due to injury after rushing for 217 yards and three touchdowns in addition to passing for 287 yards and another four scores in the season-opening win . . . Returned for the two state playoff outings at the end of the year, running for 180 yards and three TDs in his first appearance following an eight-game absence . . . Ended his abbreviated 2014 campaign tallying 1,176 yards of total offense and 14 touchdowns.
TERRY WILSON, QB, 6-3, 195, Del City, OK (Del City HS)
The two-time all-state honorable mention selection (The Oklahoman and Tulsa World) is ranked as Oklahoma’s No. 2 prospect in the state (Rivals.com and ESPN.com) and third on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 listing of the state’s top recruits . . . In his description of his quarterback, Del City coach Nick Warehime refuted the notion that he is a dual-threat quarterback but rather a passing quarterback who can run . . . The PrepStar all-Midlands Region recipient was chosen to the Oklahoman’s 2015 second-team all-Oklahoma City contingent by the state’s largest newspaper . . . Completed 154 of 281 passes for 2,406 yards and 25 touchdowns his senior season to go along with 709 rushing yards (8.5 avg.) and 11 scores . . . As a junior, he threw for 2,856 yards and 24 TDs to finish the year accounting for 14.3 points a game . . . Played in last month’s Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, where he led the West team by completing 10-19 passes for 111 yards and rushed for an additional 46 yards . . . Has also been chosen to play in this summer’s Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State football game.
LaMAR WINSTON JR, ATH, 6-3, 220, Portland, OR (Central Catholic HS)
Included on the Rivals250 listing, the nation’s 11th-ranked athlete (Rivals.com) and PrepStar All-American has flourished as one of the most versatile athletes in the state for the 2014 OSAA state 6A champions . . . Rated as the state’s No. 2 prospect (Scout.com), the U.S. Army All-American was selected to play for the U.S. Under-19 National Team in last month’s 2016 International Bowl that defeated Canada, 33-0 . . . Tabbed as the No. 18 outside linebacker recruit in the country according to 247Sports, he accumulated 42 tackles (20 unassisted) his senior year, including 5.5 tackles for loss and five quarterback sacks, in addition to recovering two fumbles and forcing one other . . . Offensively he caught 25 passes for 462 yards and four scores for the Rams, who finished with an 8-3 record in 2015 after advancing to the state high school championship quarterfinals . . . Earned second-team all-state honors (The Oregonian) his final season at linebacker after claiming the same accolades as a wide receiver at the conclusion of the 2014 campaign . . . Initiated his high school career at linebacker where he was credited with 43 tackles and an interception as a sophomore before transitioning to receiver his junior year, grabbing 22 passes for 546 yards and seven touchdowns.
BRYSON YOUNG, DE, 6-5, 230, Clovis, CA (Buchanan HS)
The PrepStar All-West Region choice was rated as the No. 3 defensive end in the state and fifth in the West at his position by Scout.com for the Bears, who finished his senior season with a 7-4 record after advancing to the quarterfinals of the Division I Central Section of the CIF state playoffs . . . Ranked 19th in the country as a weak-side linebacker (24/7Sports) and the 39th prospect in the state (ESPN.com), he was tabbed for inclusion on the Fresno Bee’s Fab 50 Football All-Stars as well as the Scout 300 elite . . . Jumped out of the gate early, posting 12 tackles vs. Bullard in the second game of the season before posting two quarterback sacks vs. Clovis North in an outing where he was honored as Defensive Player of the Game vs. Clovis North (MaxPreps) on the second of two occasions.
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