Only one on-state player among UO signings for 2014

by: PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: MATTHEW SINGLEDECKER - Jesuit High's Henry Mondeaux took first place in a Metro League Challenge tire-flipping contest last summer.Jesuit High’s Henry Mondeaux has the distinction of being the only in-state player in the Oregon Ducks’ 2014 football recruiting class.

“It’s always been a big dream of mine to play college ball,” Mondeaux says. “And, being from Oregon and playing for the Ducks, it’s just going to be an awesome experience. The Ducks were a cool team to watch, especially the last couple of years.”

Mondeaux says he was impressed by how forthcoming and honest coach Mark Helfrich and the Ducks were while recruiting him.

“They didn’t sell it as I was going to be a star or the guy they wanted to build the program around,” he says. “And, I liked the feel when I was there. I liked all the coaches. I really liked all the players I’ve met so far, and they’ve had nothing but good things to say. I could see myself being in Eugene and being a part of Oregon, even if I wasn’t playing football.”

Mondeaux is a 6-5, 250- pounder who played defensive end and tight end for the Crusaders. He earned a three-star ranking from as a defensive end. He could wind up in a hybrid D-end/linebacker role, similar to how Dion Jordan played for the Ducks.

“They like me because I’m big and can do a lot of different stuff,” Mondeaux says. “They tend to have a lot of bigger athletes who can do a bunch of different things, so I fit in pretty well.”

• Jimmie Swain is listed as a 6-3, 230-pound four-star linebacker out of Lee’s Summit High (Mo.). He says the coaches have told him that they want him to be able to play all three linebacker positions.

“According to (defensive coordinator Don) Pellum, I’ll be moving around a lot,” Swain says. “I should come in at 235, so I’ll be big enough to play in the middle.”

Swain says he has numerous reasons for choosing the Ducks.

“After I took my official visits, I got to know all of the coaches, and they were just great people,” he says. “I felt like even if I wasn’t playing football I could get along with them, and they could mentor me. Also, being around the players, I felt like I could be friends with them.”

While Swain would like to play right away, he is not opposed to redshirting his freshman year.

“Of course, my expectation is to come in and play right away,” Swain says. “But if they think I’m not ready, redshirting is never a bad thing.”

• Tony James is a three-star running back out of Gainesville (Fla.) High. The 5-9, 170-pounder chose the Ducks in large part because of the family atmosphere he experienced when he went to Eugene on his official recruiting visit.

“Everyone showed me love,” James says. “It was a family atmosphere. Instead of (running backs) Coach (Gary) Campbell being my coach, he was like my dad and my coach.”

James says he is similar to several former Ducks running backs.

“I’m a speed person, and I also have some power,” James says. “I feel like I’m a lot like De’Anthony Thomas, LaMichael James and Kenjon (Barner). I can play running back and slot receiver. I can switch it up.”

James says he simply wants to get to Eugene, compete as hard as he can and try to impress his coaches.

“I honestly am not expecting anything,” he says. “The only thing is to go in there with everybody. We’ll all compete for the spot, and whoever gets it, gets it.”

• Haniteli Lousi still has to finish up one more online class at College of San Mateo (Calif.). He expects to be enrolled at Oregon this spring, though.

“I’ll be there, for sure, for the spring quarter,” Lousi says.

The 6-5, 295-pounder is a four-star offensive tackle. A sense of community around the football team is important to him, which is the biggest reason he chose Oregon.

“Everyone at CSM is close, but when my friends went to other schools, they said it was just a bunch of individuals and they spent time with a certain group of people and that’s who they rolled with,” Lousi says. “When I went to Oregon, it was nice to see that everyone talked to each other.”

Lousi has two years of eligibility left. He wants to make an impact with the Ducks as soon as possible.

“I plan on coming in and competing right off the bat,” Lousi says. “Hopefully I’m someone they can be able to use right away and hopefully start.”

• Tanner Carew played tight end and linebacker while he was at Damien High in La Verne, Calif. While Carew would be happy to help the Ducks any way he can, his main position at Oregon will be as a long snapper.

“In high school, I started both ways at linebacker and tight end,” Carew says. “But I was recruited as a long snapper.”

Carew, a 6-2, 215-pound two-star recruit first saw UO special teams coach Tom Osborne at one of his practices the spring of his junior year. Afterward, he took the initiative to contact


“Last year, I was going through the whole recruiting process,” Carew says. “During the spring, Coach Osborne came out to watch me. He wasn’t allowed to talk to us, but I saw him there. When it was legal for him to talk to me on the phone, I called him. He said he liked my snaps.”

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