The other day I read an article discussing how much Oregon recruiting is being hurt by Chip Kelly’s love of interviews. I panicked for a moment. The Ducks aren’t even in the top 25 for this year’s recruiting class, according to The Bleacher Report. Just as I started to feel the panic overtake my body, I thought back to the Fiesta bowl from last week. According to Rivals.com, do you know what Marcus Mariota’s star rating was? Three. How ’bout Kenjon Barner? Three. Well, the defensive player of the game, Micheal Clay, must have at least been a four star recruit, right? Three. These young men aren’t covered with stars, but they are outstanding athletes — they are perfect fits for Oregon’s style of play.
For every Colt Lyerla* there’s a Cameron Colvin*. For every Johnathan Stewart* there’s a Lache Seastrunk*. For every Haloti Ngata* there’s a Cliff Harris. I have total faith in Kelly’s and Aliotti’s and Frost’s and Helfrich’s and Campbell’s ability to find the right kind of athlete (outside of maybe kickers) for our style of play. I’m not going to get caught up in the galaxy of stars. Sure, it’s nice to land the big fish sometimes, but they’re not always going to pan out.
Give me a three start recruit with good character, a strong work ethic, the tools to fit Duck football, and I’m happy. I’ll gladly give up a five star guy with the obligatory ego and selfishness that comes from being told you’re the best. A team of five star guys does not a national championship guarantee — just ask USC.
*Denotes a 5 star rating.