Recruiting Update: Oregon to pull off East-Coast Caper?
Following Saturday’s 48-24 thrashing of “little brother,” Oregon’s coaching staff hit the recruiting trail. Position coaches are expected to make in-home visits with an emphasis on gauging where preps stand as the college football universe creeps every closer to signing day. The next few days will prove vital in Oregon’s continued success on the field for years to come.
Perhaps headlining the visit list, Ducks Receiver’s Coach Scott Frost will make a strong push to turn current “Dooleyless” commit Paul Harris (4-Star/Upper Marlboro, MD/Rivals250) in the direction of Eugene. “I know coach (Scott) Frost is going to come and watch my game on Saturday,” said Harris. “I really like this program and what they are doing …I’ll probably take a visit out there.” At 6’4″, 195 lbs., Harris isn’t shy about how he sees himself going forward. “Coaches are often amazed at how under-evaluated I am by recruiting services. They say I have deceptive speed for my height.” With Oregon’s current receiver corps in need of a second option behind go-to deep threat Josh Huff, look for Frost & Co. to make a strong push in Harris’ direction.
A one-time “disgraced-Pa” recruit, athlete Zayd Issah (3-Star/Harrisburg, PA) is looking to take an official visit to Oregon. “Coach (Nick) Aliotti called me and I need to get back to him,” said Issah. “Hopefully we can make some headway on scheduling my official visit.” While playing just about everywhere on defense, the 6’3″, 205 lb. Issah indicated Aliotti sees him as a linebacker at the collegiate level. “I like everything about Oregon and the fact they continue to keep winning on the field. I have a lot of family in Oregon …so there is that support if I went that far from home.” If all goes as planned, Issah will visit in the coming weeks as he turns his attention from a concluded prep career to a program decision.
While only a junior, local product Joey Alfieri (NR/Portland, OR) is already making recruiting waves. The 6’3″, 220 lb. do-it-all linebacker made a visit to Autzen on November 17th. While currently not holding a Ducks offer, look for Coach Don Pellum to keep a close eye to the immediate north as Alfieri’s stock rises throughout what many expect to be a stellar 2014 senior season– stay tuned!
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