Recruiting Update: Kelly to steal from Kiffin?

QB Tanner McEvoy (4-Star/Oradell, NJ).

Football Recruiting


During an official visit last weekend, top JUCO dual-threat passer Tanner McEvoy (4-Star/Oradell, NJ) received an offer to bolster Oregon’s quarterback depth. While not currently willing to commit, the Ducks appear to be the frontrunner to land the versatile southwest-based signal caller. With his stock rising and current quarterback Bryan Bennett’s possible switch to defense, expect a decision from the 6’6″, 200 lb. McEvoy to come to fruition in the near future.

Heading into Eugene at the end of the week, nationally touted tight end prospect Durham Smythe (3-Star/Belton, TX) will meet with Oregon coaches in an effort to gauge possible involvement in Chip Kelly’s Blur offense. “I like the fact that their offense is very fast-paced, which is something I’ve become familiar with through my high school,” said Smythe. “At the same time, they like to include a tight end in most of their spread sets which is unique in that scheme.” A sturdy 6’6″, 230 lbs., Smythe uses impressive physical strength to not only free himself up in space but effectively block for fellow receivers. Look for a program decision to come on or around National Signing Day (February 6th).

A pair of offensive tackles, Oregon commit Jake Pisarcik (2-Star/Medford, NJ) and Cameron Hunt (4-Star/Corona, CA) will also be on hand this upcoming weekend to take in the sights in and around Autzen Stadium. The 6’4″, 278 lb. Pisarcik, a relative unknown heading into his senior season, committed to the Ducks in December while the almost identically sized Hunt (6’4″, 267 lbs.) remains in limbo regarding his future.


Monday night, “southern smog” commit and longtime Oregon target Nico Falah (4-Star/Bellflower, CA/Rivals250) hosted Chip Kelly for an in-home visit. “He was flat out real and told me exactly what I wanted to hear. My parents absolutely loved him and said they wouldn’t mind me going to Oregon,” said Falah. “Oregon has always been a contender (to land me), but this visit certainly helped their chances.”

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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

  • GermanDuck

    Well, i guess we can pretty much forget that Nico Falah kid, now that Coach Kelly is leaving because his visit is not worth anything anymore. Im not angry at Chip for leaving, he has any right do it and we all need to be thankful for four great years, but his departure will have horrific implications on recruiting this year.

    • we are alreayd having a down year in recruiting due to how young our team is and possible sanctions looming. Luckily, having a down year won’t hurt us to much if we keep our team young.