Recruiting Update: Dry Spell Coming to an End?

 

Derrick Green (5-Star/Richmond, VA/Rivals#1-RatedRB)

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Oregon looks to emerge from a recruiting lull with a flurry of blockbuster visits and renewed interest from prospects. Running back Derrick Green (5-Star/Richmond, VA/Rivals#1 RB) and safety Max Redfield (4-Star/Mission Viejo, CA/Rivals#3 S) headline a group of super preps who will make their way to Eugene in the foreseeable future; quite simply, these visitors could collectively propel the 2013 Oregon recruiting class into the reaches of “best ever.”

A top blend of speed and power on offense, Green, now slated to visit after the regular season concludes, holds the Ducks in high regard as Oregon is the only program in the West that the 6’0″, 200 lb. bruiser is considering. On the other side of the ball, Defensive Backs Coach John Neal is pulling for a Redfield visit this upcoming weekend when “silly tree” visits Autzen.

A confirmed visitor for Saturday’s lumber felling is offensive lineman and current “southern smog” commit Nico Falah (4-Star/Bellflower, CA/Rivals250). The recently named U.S. All-American’s recruitment will be of heavy interest through signing day as he is believed to be giving Oregon a fair shake after the “Storm” hit the city of Los Angeles.

Joining Falah on the Oregon sideline will be young but promising 2014 dual-threat quarterback prospect Manny Wilkins (NR/San Marin, CA). A 6’3″, 185 lb. signal caller in the mold of Marcus Mariota, Wilkins maintains a strong recruiting rapport with Offensive Coordinator Mark Helfrich. “I’ve spoken with Helfrich on a regular basis and they’ve explained the offer process and how they take their time,” said Wilkins. “I understand it and am hopeful I get an offer from (Oregon) eventually.”

Still in the hunt for linebacker Mike Mitchell (4-Star/Plano, TX/Rivals100), the Ducks will look to host the 6’4″, 216 lb. athlete sometime after his high school season concludes. “I know he likes Oregon and is paying attention to what they are doing up there,” said father Ken Mitchell. “That’s one of the schools he really needs to visit to get a feel for.”

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Longstanding wide receiver target James Quick (4-Star/Louisville, KY/Rivals250) may be ever closer to becoming a deep ball threat for Mariota and Co. “Oregon is high on my list,” said Quick. “They have good academics and they have a real shot to get me… That offense is no joke.” At 6’2″, 180 lbs., Quick’s 4.4/40 speed would prove invaluable in balancing “The Blur.” A visit to Eugene is in the works and will take place after Quick finishes his prep career; stay tuned!

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Mark Flores

Mark Flores, a Salem, OR resident, is a Firefighter/EMT who is currently attending Paramedic School. A graduate of nearby Corban University with a Bachelors Degree in English-Journalism, Flores is an Oregon 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