Recruiting Update: Fall Camp Begins, Big Names Trim Lists

RS Fresh. WR BJ Kelley answers questions during Oregon's Football Media Day

It’s almost here…

A mere 24 days separate us, the Duck Faithful, from our first pilgrimage to Autzen Stadium. Monday saw the opening of fall camp where storylines, both longstanding and newly exposed, will ever-increase our anticipation leading up to the 2012-13 season opener.

Apparently there’s a quarterback battle taking place? Where will veteran wideout Josh Huff fit into an offense that is rapidly surging? And where…does fellow route-runner BJ Kelley like to catch a bite to eat?! (Click the two underlined links below for Oregon Football Media Day Highlights and a quick word from RS Freshman QB Marcus Mariota!)

Oregon Football All Business  - Part #1 

Kelly & Kelley, Reality TV, and McDonalds – Part #2

Football Recruiting


This past week, top running back Derrick Green (5-Star/Richmond, VA/Rivals#1-RatedRB), a recent standout at The Opening, whittled his potential program list to six. Green’s visit to the northwest for the Nike sponsored event may have given the Ducks an inside edge to land the 6’0″, 218 lb. super back as Oregon is the only west coast school in the hunt for his backfield prowess.

Bearing similarities to Duck legend Jonathan Stewart, the effort to bring Green’s physical yet fleet-footed style to Eugene will require due-diligence on the recruiting trail. “Coming out to see Oregon was great,” said Green in July. “Just to see the atmosphere and the people around here is great. It’s been great to see the area and get a feel for Oregon.”

Oregon commands a top spot on another vaunted prep’s list: wide receiver James Quick (4-Star/Louisville, KY/Rivals250). The lanky but lethal 6’1, 180 lb. offensive threat is thought to be serious about donning Lightning Yellow and Thunder Green due to what he described as the chance to compete for early playing time in a wide open spread offense. Quick indicated that he will be on hand at Oregon during the upcoming season before making an official program announcement in January.

Defensive tackle Montravius Adams (5-Star/Vienna, GA/Rivals#1-RatedDT) relayed this past Wednesday that he will visit the Ducks sometime in the near future before making a college decision. A consensus national Top-10 recruit, Adams’ 6’3″, 290 lb. frame would strengthen a current Oregon defensive line that is making a case to be considered amongst the best in the country.

As evidenced by heralded prospect and incoming freshman Arik Armstead’s choice to suit up for Defensive Coordinator Nick Aliotti, it’s not a long shot to deduce that Adams may have real interest in being a part of the second coming of Gang Green.

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Mark Flores

Mark Flores, a Salem, OR resident, is a Firefighter/Paramedic and an avid Oregon Ducks supporter. A graduate of nearby Corban University with a Bachelors Degree in English-Journalism, Flores is a Ducks football season-ticket holder (since 2010) with plans of pursuing his masters degree at the U of O. A passionate and knowledgeable Ducks fan with a heavy interest in Oregon athletics and recruiting, Flores, a former lacrosse player, brings a wealth of knowledge of Oregon teams not readily covered by the media. Flores has over seven years of professional journalism experience, including writing for the Statesman Journal in Salem and holding the position of Sports Editor for the Hilltop News (Corban University). He brings his detailed knowledge of recruiting and athletics to the FishDuck team, and welcomes your feedback. Author's Note: "I do not capitalize our rival, "that other school", nor any other institution outside of our beloved UNIVERSITY OF OREGON. WTD!!!" Twitter: @MarkDFlores