Oregon Ducks defensive back Eric Amoako, a redshirt freshman from Martin High School (Arlington, Texas), enters his second season in the Oregon program.
Before joining the Ducks, Amoako played defensive back opposite his brother Stephen Amoako who also signed with the Ducks and sits next to him on the roster sheet. Eric Amoako finished his senior season with 50 tackles, six pass deflections and two interceptions. This followed what seemed like an insurmountable junior campaign when he recorded 59 tackles, three interceptions, three pass deflections, two fumble recoveries and two sacks his while earning first-team All-League.
Amoako earned three-stars from Scout, Rivals and 247Sports. Scout was the highest of all the scouting services on Amoako, listing him as the No. 25 S for the 2012 recruiting class. He had offers from Kansas State, Minnesota, North Carolina, North Texas, Pittsburgh and Purdue before signing with the Ducks.
Here was Scout’s evaluation of Amoako:
“Amoako could end up playing safety or cornerback in college. He has nice size for either position and the perfect blend of skills to end up at either. He will come up and make textbook tackles — he stays low and wraps up. He is aggressive in his pursuit of the ball and plays to the whistle. He runs well and has a high level of athleticism. His ability to run and run allows him to lock down star receivers. He makes big plays.” – Greg Powers
In 2012, Amoako spent the season as a redshirt while sitting out year. He helped participate on the practice squad.
Amoako did not participate in the 2013 Oregon Spring Game.
Going into the 2013 season, Amoako will be in a crowded defensive backfield that features several of the top players in the country. With such depth at the position, Amoako isn’t likely to see extensive playing time this year, but should in 2014.