The Oregon Ducks‘ highly successful National Signing Day was highlighted by the surprise commitment of Houston, Texas, defensive end Torrodney Prevot. The four-star defender was a USC Trojans commit for months before appearing to lean towards the Texas A&M Aggies and finally flipping to the Ducks. Now, the question remains: how will Mark Helfrich and his coaching staff utilize their newest defender?
Prevot comes to Eugene a little undersized to play a traditional 4-3 defensive end. At 6-foot-3 and just 201 pounds, the young Duck’s game is predicated on his athleticism rather than sheer strength. That athleticism has allowed him to show an elite ability to chase down defenders while still disrupting offense in their own backfield.
For that reason, the Oregon coaching staff sees him taking over the role that Dion Jordan filled so well during his time in Eugene. Jordan, who came to Oregon as a skinny wide receiver, developed into a hybrid defensive end-outside linebacker who led the Oregon defense with disruptive playmaking and athletic prowess. Prevot looks to do the same during his collegiate career.
Look for Prevot to roam on the edge of the line as a stand-up end who will occasionally put his hand on the ground to come off the edge in pass-rush situations. His speed and athleticism will help him when he bumps out into coverage over the slot receiver.
Great prospects can only turn into great players at the next level when put into the right situations for them to shine. Helfrich and the Ducks found the great prospect in Prevot, so now it’s all a matter of plugging him in where he can flourish.