Vernon Adams, Eastern Washington quarterback, to visit Oregon Ducks this … – OregonLive.com
Eastern Washington star quarterback Vernon Adams is visiting Oregon this weekend, putting the Ducks closer to possibly finding their 2015 quarterback.
Sources close to both the Ducks’ program and Eagles of the Football Championship Subdivision told The Oregonian/OregonLive on Wednesday that Adams will check out what could possibly be his future home this weekend as one recruiting cycle nears an end.
High school recruits can first sign National Letters of Intent on Feb. 4, but college transfers can arrive at any point through the summer.
Adams’ visit will come eight months before he was scheduled to visit Eugene, anyway — as an opponent when EWU plays in the Ducks’ 2015 season opener at Autzen Stadium on Sept. 5.
On Wednesday, Adams told the Spokane Spokesman-Review that the Ducks have offered him a scholarship.
“I’m not saying I’m leaving Eastern, but I’m just going to check it out and see what they have to say,” Adams told the Spokesman-Review.
He is no stranger to success against the Pac-12, albeit in limited competition. Adams and the Eagles stunned Oregon State in 2013, winning in Reser Stadium, and narrowly lost to Washington last September, when Adams threw seven touchdowns.
The 6-foot-, 190-pound Adams would add one more contender to Oregon’s quarterback derby as it finds a successor to Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota. If Adams leaves for UO, he could play immediately for one season because he is scheduled to graduate this spring and could enroll in graduate school.
The Ducks current roster includes quarterbacks Jeff Lockie, Morgan Mahalak, Ty Griffin and Taylor Alie. Four-star recruit Travis Waller (Anaheim, California) will sign his letter of intent next Wednesday and is expected to enroll early for spring quarter at UO.
For months, starting with Ohio State’s Braxton Miller, speculation has centered on Oregon bringing in a veteran transfer quarterback to play for one season and act as a “bridge” while UO’s other QBs gain experience.
Asked Jan. 19 whether Oregon was interested in a transfer quarterback — as opposed to sitting steady with the player it already has — head coach Mark Helfrich said, “The two magic words: It depends.
“We’re going to exhaust every path to find the right guy, the right fit, but we certainly believe in who is on campus and what is to come,” Helfrich said.
One source told The Oregonian/OregonLive that if Adams does choose Oregon, he likely wouldn’t arrive until August because he wants to honor a summer internship. Helfrich said Jan. 19 that it he doesn’t have a preference for when new players arrive, saying the time it takes to learn the playbook depends on each player.
Adams fits that mold by playing in a spread offense — and doing it very well. His nickname of “Big Play V.A.” is even the URL of a school-sponsored website touting his accomplishments while in Cheney, Washington, where he blossomed from a Pasadena, California, recruit with scholarship offers from EWU and Portland State to become a two-time finalist for the Walter Payton Award, the Heisman Trophy of the NCAA’s FCS level.
He suffered a broken foot Oct. 4 and missed four games. He threw for 30 touchdowns in eight regular-season games, however, and is the Big Sky’s all-time passing touchdowns leader.
— Andrew Greif