What Kodi DeCambra’s safety pledge means for Oregon Ducks football


Oregon stayed hot on Monday afternoon, landing a commitment from safety Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nevada) Kodi DeCambra.

Let’s take a closer look at what the Ducks are getting from the 2023 defensive back and what his commitment means for Oregon moving forward on the recruiting trail.

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Decambra is a productive defensive back with several positional projections attached to his name. On the ground, he’s a box safety with good instincts and covering skills, as well as the physique to play down the fairway and support the downhill run. The anticipation of the cover, the fluidity of his hips, his ball skills and his awareness could potentially allow him to move into the secondary, maybe even add a nickel dash type roll.

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The newest sport Duck and an adequate 6-foot frame, with room to add good mass to support a power five build. He seems to run well in space and shows signs of strong navigational skills when working in traffic and/or against a blocker. Working on special teams and on the pitch also shows strong footballing IQ and general instincts. He projects himself as a confident tackler ready to play angles and work in space, with a short-range explosion to finish with power. As his technical game progresses in the passing game, positional versatility could eventually become his calling card.

Overall, Decambra appears to be a strong asset for Oregon, with an all-around game that could find multiple impact points in a defensive scheme. As he focuses on adding next-level volume and strength, he could project himself as a balanced inside defensive back with a nickel upside. Add in the high level of competition he faces week in and week out and there’s a competitive edge and consistency to that projection too.

Impact of recruitment on the Trail

First and foremost, DeCambra fills a need for Oregon, with Bennett Williams play what will likely be his last varsity season in 2022. Other players at the position like Trikweze Bridges and Jamal Hill figure to be with the Ducks in 2023, but it never hurts to add some solid depth after adding Trejon Williams and Khamari Terrell in the 2022 cycle.

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Also, the Ducks continue to settle in Nevada after landing Anthony Jones and Mister Mells in 2022. As far as the state goes, there may be no better place to lay a pipeline than Gorman, which is also home to a wide receiver Zacharias Branch (USC commitment) and cornerback Justyn Rhet (Georgia Commitment).

When it comes to Oregon’s Class of 2023, it’s good that the Ducks are getting the ball back on defense after the recent streak of offensive commits in Curse Dickey and Ashton Cozart. It may not be long before the Ducks add another player in the defensive back of this class, with safety Brennan (San Antonio, Texas). Tyler Turner down to bottom two from Oregon and Oklahoma.

Other defensive backs to watch in 2023 include cornerbacks Caleb Presley (Seattle, WA), Leroy Bryant (Fairfield, California) and Rodrick Nice (Gardena, California).


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