I recently spoke with Matt Prehm of 247 Sports, who told me these two add value "because most of the guys (on the offensive line) are juniors and Kyle Long lost a second year of eligibility with the Ducks...but they still need to lock in two or three more guards to round out a successful 2013 roster."
From Taylor Hart to Keanon Lowe, the Ducks have found success in Oregon area recruits over the past few years. They hope to continue bringing in locally based recruits with Doug Brenner from Portland and Evan Voeller from West Linn. (Follow Evan on twitter here)
Both players were early commits. Voeller verbally committed last April and Brenner last September. Even with the back and forth of other recruits, both have kept strong their commitment to Oregon.
According to Scout.com, 6’5” and 285 pound Voeller has incredibly fast feet for his size. In addition, Voeller’s status as the nation’s No. 18-ranked offensive tackle adds much needed depth to Oregon’s offensive line. Considering the fact that in the 2012 recruiting season only one new offensive line player had been added, Voeller should see playing time quickly at either tackle or guard. However, Voeller plans to red-shirt freshman year. Voeller is following in the footsteps of his older brother Dallen, who was a walk on tight end at Oregon in the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Even though he’s from Oregon, Voeller was not a fan of the Ducks until his brother was on the team.
Doug Brenner, who played defensive end/center at Jesuit, is the second in his family to join the Ducks as a student-athlete. His sister Elizabeth is on the volleyball, basketball and track teams at Oregon.
According to DuckTerritory.com, Brenner hosted six Oregon football coaches for an in-home visit, following Chip Kelly's departure. "Yes every coach except for Coach Campbell and Coach Allioti [came]," said Doug Brenner. "It was just a great experience and honor to have them all over and it was fun." Brenner told the sports recruiting outlet that he would attend Oregon no matter what and still feels that way after Helfrich and company stopped by.
"It went great. I absolutely love coach Helfrich and I am excited to be a Duck..I was never considering anything else....They said they just wanted to make a point to make it to all of the committed recruits and reassure us. Plus we had never talked to a lot of the other coaches besides Greatwood so it was a good time getting to know the other coaches as well."
(source, Duck Territory.com)
At 6’3” and 275 pounds, Brenner will be the back up center for Oregon behind Hroniss Grasu. Brenner told The Oregonian earlier this week that he is ready to play for the Ducks. “I definitely love the offensive style of play at Oregon,” he said. “It’s really upbeat and uptempo. ” Both local, both excited, both committed. Oregon has landed two strong recruits to their offensive game in Voeller and Brenner.
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