Recruiting Update: Bye Week Sees Oregon Hit Recruiting Trail

Head Coach Chip Kelly focused on "Improvement Week" while assistants hit the recruiting trail.

Football Recruiting


With the Ducks deep in “improvement week,” the Oregon assistant coaches’ contingent hit the recruiting trail. What transpired during this latest round of prep cultivation will not be fully realized for some time, yet its outcome should continue a long line of favorable off-week jaunts. Back in Eugene, Head Coach Chip Kelly was hard at work keeping his team fresh and simply hammering out the basics. “We got better,” said Kelly of his now famous bye-week regimen. “A lot of fundamental work.” The result of said work will no doubt be seen tomorrow night as Oregon looks to move to 7-0 with a win on the road at “mediocre-state.” (Tune in to ESPN – 6 p.m.)

The Ducks have their sights set on two prospects, with current and previously-held commitments: linebacker Zayd Issah (3-Star/Harrisburg, PA) and cornerback Gareon Conley (3-Star/Massillon, OH). Issah, a previous commit to Penn State has Oregon ties despite residing almost a country’s distance from Eugene. “My mom actually just spoke with Coach (Nick) Aliotti for the first time,” said Issah. “She let me know that it’s completely my decision, and she isn’t concerned if I wanted to go to Oregon. She lived there for 18 years and she still has family and her best friend there. Her closest friend is related to the Moshofsky family; they have the big indoor facility at Oregon.”

When asked about specifics, the 6’3, 205 lb. second level defender added, “I know Oregon wants me to play more of an inside linebacker for them.” Michael Clay heir apparent anyone? We’ll soon find out.

A current “not so big house” commit, the aforementioned Conley is considering heading West to take in the sights of Eugene. “I really want to visit Oregon,” said Conley. “I really want to check them out; they have been my favorite school for a long time.” A 6’1, 172 lb. defensive back with playmaking ability, Conley loves the speed at which the Ducks’ motor runs. “I love how fast they play and the speed of the defense. They like me as an athlete I think and I can play on either side of the ball.” While not currently commanding an Oregon offer, Conley could be a class of 2013 lock for Kelly & Co. if given a scholarship nod. Stay tuned!

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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