EUGENE, Ore. -- Three junior college football players have become the first formal signings of Chip Kelly's career as head coach at the University of Oregon.
Offensive lineman Ryan Clanton (Bakersfield, Calif./CC of San Francisco), defensive lineman Isaac Remington (Chandler, Ariz./Phoenix College) and tight end Brandon Williams (Merrionette Park, Ill./Joliet JC (Ill.)) have all signed a National Letter of Intent and will begin classes at the university at the start of winter term in January.
The Ducks lose only four seniors off the current defensive depth chart, but three are on the defensive line, including starters Blake Ferras and Will Tukuafu. Remington, who redshirted in the JC ranks and has two years of remaining eligibility, will be asked to provide much-needed experience in that area.
Williams, a dynamic receiver who purportedly possesses 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash, will ease the impending departure of all-Pac-10 tight end Ed Dickson and push the likes of young TEs Dion Jordan and David Paulson. Like Remington, he also has two years to play two.
While the current offensive line remains intact for 2010, gaining a player of Clanton's stature should pay big dividends in the years to come. Clanton has true junior status for next season, meaning he has three years remaining to play two.
Signing day for current high school student-athletes is Feb. 3, 2010.
OREGON'S JUNIOR COLLEGE SIGNEES FOR 2010
• Ryan Clanton - OL
Jr., 6-6, 305 - Bakersfield, Calif. (Bakersfield Christian HS/CC of San Francisco)
Rated a four-star recruit by Rivals.com… Rated the No. 7 JC OT in the nation according to Scout.com…Signed with Fresno State out of HS before deciding to enroll in JC…Played for head coach George Rush at CCSF, the same JC program that produced notable Ducks Jeremiah Masoli, Blake Ferras and Matthew Harper…Played both guard and tackle and was a junior college all-American for the 9-1 Rams in 2009…Prepped at Bakersfield Christian High School, winners of the CIF Central Section Division V state title in 2007…BCHS rushed for 2,925 yards in Clanton’s senior season and scored an amazing 55 touchdowns on the ground as the Eagles went 11-2 in route to the state championship.
• Isaac Remington - DL
Jr., 6-6, 265 - Chandler, Ariz. (Valley Christian HS/Phoenix JC)
Played for head coach Land Jacobsen at Phoenix College, where he was named second-team all-ACCAC and second-team all-WSFL in 2009…Had 16 tackles and seven sacks in a season cut short by injury…Attended Valley Christian High School in Chandler, Ariz…VCHS went 12-0 in his senior season (2006-07) before falling to Thatcher HS in the state championship game…As a senior, Remington and the VCHS defense limited opponents to just 164 points and held seven teams to 10 points or less…Credited with two blocked punts and one interception…Earned D-line MVP honors at Oregon’s football camp in summer of 2006…Originally offered by the Ducks out of HS…Two-time all-state defensive end his final two prep seasons.
• Brandon Williams - TE
Jr., 6-5, 245 - Merrionette Park, Ill. (Eisenhower HS/Joliet JC (Ill.))
First-team NJCAA all-American in 2009 for Joliet JC…Led the Wolves with 56 receptions for 908 yards and seven touchdowns this past season, averaging 16.1 yards per catch…Totaled 254 yards on nine grabs, including three scores, against Ellsworth CC to garner NJCAA offensive player of the week honors…Named all-league Midwest Football Conference (MFC), first-team MFC East Division and first-team all-region (Region IV) for the ‘09 season... Also played basketball at Joliet ... Played for two years at St. Rita HS in Chicago before transferring to Eisenhower HS ... Played WR and DE for the Eisenhower Cardinals and head coach Mike Emanuelson in the South Suburban League.
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