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TBT's Jonathan King commits to Oregon

TBT's Jonathan King gets past a defender in spring jaboree.

Charlie Kaijo, staff photographer

TBT's Jonathan King gets past a defender in spring jaboree.

Tampa Bay Tech defensive lineman Jonathan King announced via Twitter his commitment to Oregon, giving former USF coach Willie Taggart another top-tier recruit from the Tampa Bay area.

King, a 6-foot-2, 245-pound senior, is a three-star recruit. He picked the Ducks over Florida, Miami and Penn State among others.

This is the second bay area recruit Oregon has landed from the 2018 class. The other was Wesley Chapel athlete Isaiah Bolden, who switched his commitment from FSU to the Ducks in the spring.

Both players were recruited by Oregon assistant Raymond Woodie, who has been with Taggart in the college ranks at Western Kentucky and USF.

Since taking over the Ducks, Taggart has made the bay area one of his priorities. His initial recruiting class in February included Armwood’s Darrian McNeal and Pinellas Park’s Jordon Scott.

Scott drew rave reviews in the spring and could pair with King next season as anchors of a revamped defensive line.

Titans coach Jayson Roberts said King talked with him about his decision on Tuesday. King called Taggart on Wednesday before making his commitment, according to Roberts.

“Oregon and Coach Woodie stayed on Jonathan throughout the whole process,” Roberts said. “I know they’re concentrating hard on this area.”

Oregon’s bay area haul might not be over. Jefferson receiver Jermaine Eskridge, who committed to USF last summer before reneging on it, has Oregon on his short list of schools.  

[Last modified: Friday, June 9, 2017 11:23am]


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