Oregon receives commitment from backup QB
Marin Catholic’s Morgan Mahalak of Greenbrae (CA) pledged to the Ducks early Wednesday morning, reports Bob Rickert of Oregonlive.com.
I just talked to coach (Mark) Helfrich and coach (Scott) Frost and told them that I was committing,” Mahalak told ESPN Insider Brandon Oliver. “Coach Helfrich was estatic. He was at some Pac-12 meeting, but he said he was really pumped. He asked me if I was sure I wanted to do it and said they didn’t want to pressure me at all. I told him I have been waiting for this and I’m ready to go.”
Despite not having any experience as a quarterback yet, there’s much reason to believe Mahalak can be one of the top prospects in his class.
Currently ranked as a three-star recruit and the No. 24 overall dual-threat quarterback for the class of 2014 (247Sports), he displays next-level accuracy and can fit the ball into tight windows.
Not only does he have the strength to hit his receivers anywhere on the field, but Mahalak can escape the pocket and make plays with his long legs. He doesn’t have 4.4-speed, but is deceptive with his huge strides.
Mahalak is a perfect fit for what Oregon requires at the quarterback position—he just needs some experience for development to help build his potential as a playmaker.
And if you’re wondering why he wasn’t good enough to start varsity his first three years of high school, he was the backup to 2013 four-star quarterback Jared Goff.
Goff led Marin Catholic to the CIF State D-III Championships last season, throwing for 3,692 yards and 40 touchdowns and is currently the lead man for the starting position as a true freshman with California.
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