December 5, 2008

Ducks offer 4-star JUCO linebacker

The Oregon Ducks have made a splash into the junior college landscape in recent weeks and recently made an offer to one of the top JUCO players in the country. The 4-star linebacker from Northern California gives us a look at his top-5, and the Ducks are on the list.

Rocklin (Calif.) Sierra College linebacker Bryson Littlejohn is a man amongst boys on the junior college field and just about every team out west is interested. He recently pulled down offers from Arizona State and Oregon and says he will take an official visit to USC next weekend.

"ASU and Oregon both offered about three weeks ago," Littlejohn said. "I had a visit set for Kansas next week but I am not going on that. I am going on an official visit to USC instead."

Littlejohn is 6-foot, 235 pounds and hits like a Mack truck. He finished second on his team last season with 62 total tackles and recorded 12 tackles-for-loss and six sacks in helping the Wolverines capture the Valley Conference title. This season he followed it up by making 63 tackles, 14.5 tackles-for-loss, 5.5 sacks and three forced fumbles in leading Sierra to a 9-1 finish during the regular season.

Littlejohn says his latest offer from Oregon is intriguing.

"I love them," Littlejohn said of the Ducks. "Coach Pellum is a good guy and they are telling me I could come in right away and compete for a starting spot."

Littlejohn recently visited Boise State last weekend and will head to Arizona this weekend before heading to USC on the 12th. With all the recent attention from major programs out west, Littlejohn has narrowed his list in recent weeks.

"I was loyal to Cal for awhile, but now I don't think that would be a good fit for me," Littlejohn said. "Right now I like Arizona, USC, Oregon, Kansas and Boise State (in no particular order). I just talked to coach Pellum about 30 minutes ago. They are right there with the rest of them."

Littlejohn says Oregon has some advantages, given its quarter system.

"They are on the quarter system, so spring ball starts in April and I could be there for spring ball if I do not end up being a midyear guy," Lilltejohn said.

He says USC has not made him an official offer, but he thinks it could come on his visit next weekend.

"It seems as if they are going to offer on my visit," Littlejohn said. "I am still trying to figure out if I am a midyear guy or not, but they asked me if I would commit if they made an offer. It would certainly make things interesting."

Littlejohn was recently awarded four stars by and is rated the No. 20 junior college player in America.

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