La Palma (Calif.) Kennedy athlete Edward Pleasant still is in class this Wednesday afternoon, but he wasn't too busy to do a quick interview and educate recruiting fans on some big news.
"I committed to Oregon," Pleasant said. "I'm in class right now, so I'm going to have to call you back a little bit later, but I'm definitely a Duck."
Pleasant said he was recruited by Oregon assistant John Neal.
"Coach Neal is really cool, and I was really excited about the offer," Pleasant said. "It's one of those offers you have to jump on because it's that good."
Pleasant is a 5-foot-9, 204-pound running back, defensive back, linebacker that can do a lot of different things.
He was an all-league selection as a junior rushing for approximately just under 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns. Catching the ball, Pleasant had 28 receptions for 244 yards and one receiving touchdown. Pleasant also saw some action at linebacker and accounted for 26 tackles, two sacks and pick.
Not only is Pleasant impressive on the field but he has off the field intangibles that also help a team. He is known as hard working and has excellent leadership skills.
At the Los Angeles NIKE Training Camp, Pleasant clocked a 4.63-second time in the 40-yard dash, had 24 repetitions in the bench press and had a 4.42-second time in the shuttle. All of which were good results, showing that he's definitely one of the area's better athletes.
He comes highly recommended by Los Alamitos defensive coordinator Barry Sherr.
"Edward plays at the same school that produced Notre Dame wide receiver Rhema McKnight," Sherr said. "I think when it is all said and done he is going to get the same type of recruiting attention that Rhema received."
That is saying something. When McKnight was a senior at Kennedy he was one of the most sought after prospects in Southern California.