By Rob Moseley
Two transfers and a true freshman have enrolled for winter quarter at the university, putting them on track to practice with the Oregon football team this spring.
The newcomers include junior college cornerback Dominique Harrison; Wilsonville native Johnny Ragin, a linebacker who transferred from California; and freshman wide receiver Jalen Brown.
Harrison was one of three junior-college transfers to sign a letter of intent with the Ducks over the winter. He’s a three-star player from Contra Costa (Calif.) College who has three years in which to play two at Oregon.
The Ducks return one of two starters at cornerback, Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, who announced this week he would remain in school rather than enter this year’s NFL draft. Senior Dior Mathis, senior Troy Hill – who was suspended for the final two games of last season – and redshirt freshman Chris Seisay are among the returning candidates to replace Mitchell.
Ragin, 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds, is a former three-star recruit and second-team all-state linebacker at Wilsonville High. He had one sack among his two tackles in eight games as a true freshman for Cal in 2013, having played primarily on special teams.
Typically, rules would require that Ragin pay his own way after transferring within the conference, but the Pac-12 granted a request to allow Ragin a scholarship immediately. It’s expected he’ll sit out the 2014 season as a transfer before being eligible for the Ducks, whose pipeline of young linebackers now includes Ragin along with Tyrell Robinson, Danny Mattingly, Oshay Dunmore and Torrodney Prevot.
Brown is a consensus four-star recruit from Phoenix, Ariz. At 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds, Brown will provide a big target to complement returning wideouts such as Bralon Addison, Keanon Lowe, Dwayne Stanford, Chance Allen, B.J. Kelley, Eric Dungy, Darren Carrington and Devon Allen.