Ducks land talented RB Royce Freeman in this year's recruiting class

The speedy Oregon Ducks just keep landing talented running backs.

Last year it was homegrown star Thomas Tyner. This year it's Royce Freeman out of Imperial, Calif., who also had offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, and Stanford, but on Wednesday signed his letter of intent to play for Oregon.

Freeman ran for 2,824 yards and 41 touchdowns as a senior last season at Imperial High School. Freeman, who is 6-feet and 227 pounds, has drawn comparisons to former Ducks LeGarrette Blount and Jonathan Stewart.

He could have an impact right away with the departure of De'Anthony Thomas, who decided to skip his senior season and declare for the NFL draft. The Ducks will return backs Byron Marshall and Tyner, who played last year as a true freshman.