UPDATE 2/3: I’ve added two more names that I didn’t know about yesterday.
We don’t know yet all of the names on the letters-of-intent that rolled into the track office fax machine at Oregon today, but we do know that the Ducks got paperwork they needed from Lukas Verzbicas.
Here is a look at who Oregon stands to add to its already deep track and field roster:
Lukas Verzbicas, Sandburg HS (Illinois): The two-time Foot Locker champion and 2010 Nike Cross Nationals champion is probably the most significant male distance runner to come to Oregon since Galen Rupp — and there has been no shortage of talent around the program lately. He already has a 4:04.38 mile under his belt and has run 14:18 for 5,000. Read more here.
Ryan Pickering, Leonard HS (Florida): Florida’s cross country runner of the year and ninth at Foot Locker nationals. Read more here.
Chris Brewer, Rancho Buena Vista (California): A 4:11 1,600-meter runner as a junior.
Chad Noelle, Greene HS (New York): Recently won the high school mile at the Millrose Games; ran 1,500 meter PR 3:53 last year. Read more here.
Jeramy Elkaim, Livingston HS (New Jersey): Ran 8:46.08 in the 3,200 meters last year. Read more here.
Matt Jablonski, Loyola HS (Maryland): Two-time Maryland cross country champion. Read more here.
Greg Skipper, Oregon City: Son of former Oregon football player Scott Skipper, nephew of Art Jr. and Tommy, both former NCAA champions. Oregon’s HS record holder in the hammer and No. 4 returner in the U.S. with a best throw of 223-4. Read more here.
Elias Gedyon, Loyola HS (California): One of the nation’s top mile prospects, with a PR of 3:47.65 in the 1,500 last spring. Also a two-time California cross country champion.
Russell Hornsby, Georgetown Prep (Maryland): Ran 1:53.3 for 800 meters last year. Son of Bruce Hornsby, the Grammy Award winner.
Alec Fellows, Edmonds-Woodsway HS (Washington): He was second in the Junior Olympic national championships decathlon. Read more here.
Matthew Melancon, Sheldon Eugene (Oregon): Oregon’s cross country champion. Ran 8:42.08 in the 3,000 last spring.
Jack Galpin, Crater Central Point (Oregon): One of the top long sprinters in the state, with bests of 21.87 in the 200 and 48.93 in the 400.
Joeal Hotchkins, Chaparral HS/Central AZ CC (Nevada): A top sprint prospect, with bests of 10.15 in the 100 and 21.10 in the 200. Also has a best of 23-5.75 in the LJ.
Football guys who could also do track:
Devon Blackmon, Summit HS (California): 14.23, 40.34 PR in the 110-meter hurdles.
BJ Kelley, Central East HS (California): 14.12 in the 110 hurdles, 38.98 in the 300 hurdles and a 200 PR of 21.98.
Tacoi Sumler, Columbus HS (Florida): 10.80 in the 100 meters, 22.19 in the 200.