March 26, 2010
Speedy TN WR has Ducks on top
The Oregon Ducks will be signing some wide receivers in the class of 2011, and they are looking across the nation to find guys that fit with the team and scheme. One stop for wide receiver coach Scott Frost has been Eads, Tennessee and Briarcrest Christian Academy, the target: Tray Becton-Martin.
Becton-Martin stood out in an elite crowd in February, earning honorable mention honors at the National Underclassman All-American Combine. The 5-11, 160 pound speedster clocked a 4.51 40-yard dash while exhibiting solid route skills. Becton-Martin spoke with Duck Sports Authority about has game and recruitment, starting with what he feels is his strength as a football player.
"When I get to the line I see how the defender is set up and that helps me run my route, Becton-Martin replied. "So I would say that's the best part of my game: route running."
His speed and route-running have started to earn him notice outside the Army national underclassman combine.
"I just got my first offer from Memphis a week ago. One team I have been talking to that I expect I might get an offer from is Oregon. That is one I am hoping to get."
The Memphis-area standout cited what he has seen on the field from the Ducks as one of his primary attractions.
"The offense, I love the offense," Becton-Martin began. "They use a lot of receivers of my type who run with the ball a lot. I think I have great routes but I also can run with the ball in my hands on screens, sweeps. plays like that. I love that offense."
Becton-Martin has been watching the Ducks long enough to witness the offensive evolution from the pro-style to the spread-option.
"When I was about ten years old I started liking the Ducks. I would watch Oregon play and I would watch Florida play. They have always had similar offenses they ran and for some reason I've always liked Oregon a little bit more."
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