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Oregon Ducks land nation's No. 13 OLB Jabril McNeill

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The Oregon Ducks secured another key linebacker commit Monday afternoon in Jabril McNeill who announced he'll be a Duck via his Instagram account. 

The 6'4", 225-pound prospect out of North Carolina is rated as a four-star prospect by 247Sports and the nation's No. 13 outside linebacker, No. 215 overall.

Other recruiting services are not as high on McNeill so he's a composite three-star prospect ranked as the No. 31 outside linebacker nationally and No. 521 overall. 

Oregon plans to use him as an edge rusher at outside linebacker that can also drop back in coverage similar to Mase Funa this past season. 

As a junior, McNeill had 145 tackles, five sacks, three pass breakups and five forced fumbles for Sanderson High School.

"The way they talk about using me it sounds really fun," McNeill told ScoopDuck in June. "I get to tear down the lineman every play, go sack the quarterback, drop back and get a pick-six."

With his commitment, the Ducks remain third nationally in the composite recruiting rankings. 

Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal, Oregon Director of High School Relations Don Johnson, Oregon defensive coordinator Andy Avalos, and Oregon linebackers coach Ken Wilson were all key in securing the commitment. 

"[Andy Avalos] has taught me like the little things like technique that every specific position uses to what their jobs are in game.

 

"I've seen their practice film. They've shown me how they work and that's the main thing with me, work. They talk about work all the time and I love it."

Oregon offered him on March 24, 2020 shortly after the Pac-12 shut down official visits due to the coronavirus pandemic.

On June 1st, the Ducks made his Top 11 along with Washington, Oklahoma State, Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Kentucky, Michigan State, West Virginia, Louisville, NC State and Oklahoma. 

247Sports National Writer Charles Power projects McNeill as a future Day 3 NFL Draft selection.

"Tall defender with a big frame," wrote Power. "Has long arms and should easily add weight at the next level. Has tested as a good athlete in multiple settings over the last year. Enjoyed a breakout junior season with a productive year from his linebacker spot. Is a high volume tackler and uses his length and athleticism to corral the ball carrier. Shows a physical edge and embraces contact in take-on situations. Tracks plays sideline to sideline and shows impressive range. Has good play strength and drives through his tackles. Also plays some as a tight end on offense. Is still a little raw from a recognition and instinctual standpoint in addition to finishing plays behind the line of scrimmage. Should continue improving at a steady clip and is young for the class. Could eventually grow into an edge defender. Projects as a multi-year starter at the Power Five level with a considerable ceiling that could result in an early round NFL Draft selection."

You can watch his junior season highlights here.

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