Apr, 27, 2013; Eugene, OR, USA; Oregon Ducks helmet on display at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

Oregon Football Recruiting: Royce Freeman Picks Ducks

The Oregon Ducks landed a solid running back from the class of 2014 on Friday as Royce Freeman gave the Ducks his verbal commitment. Freeman became the eighth commitment from the Class of 2014 for Oregon and the latest since Arrion Springs gave his verbal on July 2nd.

Jan 3, 2013; Glendale, AZ, USA; Oregon Ducks offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich looks on before the 2013 Fiesta Bowl against the Kansas State Wildcats at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Oregon wasn’t fully expected to land the California recruit, but were still the favorite. Five out of the six recruiting experts on 247Sports’ Crystal Ball picked the Ducks to land Royce Freeman.

Freeman picked Oregon over other teams like the Alabama Crimson Tide, Arizona Wildcats, Arkansas Razorbacks, California Golden Bears, Florida Gators, Florida State Seminoles, Nebraska Cornhuskers, Oregon State Beavers, Stanford Cardinal, Tennessee Volunteers, UCLA Bruins, USC Trojans, Vanderbilt Commodores, Washington Huskies, and Wisconsin Badgers.

When looking at Royce Freeman’s skills, one might think that he doesn’t fit into the Ducks’ fast paced offense, but things might be changing under new head coach Mark Helfrich.

Freeman’s best aspect is his build, and he isn’t the fastest running back in the 2014 class. In my opinion, Freeman’s commitment could show a slight changing of the guard for the Oregon offense. It will be interesting to see how Royce Freeman fits into Helfrich’s offense in Eugene.

The five-star recruit is currently ranked 2nd in the state of California, 2nd among running backs, and 18th among 2014 high school recruits by 247Sports.

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Also, check out the Fansided 150 Class of 2014 Rankings.

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