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Prediction: Oregon Ducks poised for key in-state commitment

OregonLive.com logo OregonLive.com 1/19/2022 Andrew Nemec, oregonlive.com

The Oregon Ducks football program appears poised to add a significant commitment Tuesday evening, and the situation has developed rather quickly.

Just two days after de-committing from the Utah Utes, 247Sports three-star athlete Justius Lowe, a Lake Oswego wide receiver/defensive back, implied he will have breaking news at 7 p.m.:

The 6-foot-1, 182-pound playmaker, who transferred from Lincoln High School to Lake Oswego prior his senior season, holds offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Note Dame, Oregon, Oregon State, Utah, USC and several others.

But the Ducks are believed to have soared to the forefront of his plans.

Adding fuel to that fire, Oregon offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham tweeted that he’s looking for a movie to watch tonight along with a poster for, “Justice League.”

Justius Lowe. Justice League.

Okay, I imagine everyone can connect the dots.

It’s possible a decision gets pushed back at the last minute, I suppose, but it sure looks like “Lowe to Oregon” is a done deal.

Nemec’s analysis

Primarily a track athlete early in his high school career, Lowe doesn’t have a tremendous amount of football experience, but picked up the intricacies of the wide receiver position, particularly route-running, with shocking ease.

I heard the buzz and went to see for myself. Even in Lincoln’s run-oriented offense as a junior, he looked the part of a college football player.

But after an offseason of training and a transfer to Lake Oswego, Lowe flourished.

One local high school coach told me the gap between All-American Bowl selection Darrius Clemons and Lowe is actually much smaller than the rankings would indicate.

That’s high praise given that Clemons is one of the highest-rated pass-catchers in state history.

While digging deeper, I was told at least one Pac-12 program had a “future NFL” grade on him.

Make no mistake, Lowe may be a late addition, but he’s far from a local reach.

Lanning and his staff did clearly did their homework and identified Lowe as a late bloomer, and possible “hidden” gem.

— Andrew Nemec | anemec@oregonian.com | @AndrewNemec

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