Recruiting Update: Early In The Spring You Say?

Football Recruiting


ATH Allen Lazard (4-Star/Urbandale, IA/Rivals100)

With a mere 31 days left until Oregon takes the field for our annual spring game, activity on the recruiting trail remains at a fevered pitch.  Under new head man Mark Helfrich, offers and heavy interest from the Oregon brass appear to be an overwhelming priority heading into the spring season.  With a commitment already achieved in linebacker Jordan Hoiem (4-Star/Wailuku, HA), tactics of urgency to gain the attention of America’s top prep players early in the recruiting cycle are here to stay.

While committed elsewhere, tabbed athlete Allen Lazard (4-Star/Urbandale, IA/Rivals100), garnered an offer from Oregon via offensive coordinator Scott Frost and defensive backs coach John Neal.  “… They said they really liked my tape and that they’re very interested in me,” said Lazard.  “(They said) they’d love to have me at Oregon.”  At 6’4”, 195 lbs., Lazard sees time on both sides of the ball, something Oregon coaches were quick to notice.  “(They)… like my size and my versatility and my playmaking ability, basically.  I can play anywhere – it doesn’t matter if it’s offense or defense,” said Lazard.  In regards to his ultimate decision,  the highly rated to-be senior indicated “I still have a very high interest in Oregon.  I need to visit the campus… I’ve heard obviously great things about the university there, the field, how well the football team has done, and the Nike gear and all that stuff,” so stay tuned!

Compact offensive lineman Terrell Cuney (NR/Jaspar, TX) is in the mix to get a serious look from offensive line coach Steve Greatwood.  “He was just telling me that he’s going to try and get down here during the spring and check me out,” said Cuney.  A 6’3″, 258 lb. center that fits the mold of current Oregon “man in the middle” Hroniss Grasu, Cuney’s athleticism and the instinct to the finish out plays may afford him Oregon favor if Greatwood and Co. feel that he is a viable option.

A young but stout member of the class of 2015, Marvell Tell (NR/Encino, CA) is already a legitimate D-1 prospect.  ”I’ve always liked Oregon,” said Tell.  “I grew up watching them play and I see them winning now.  I love the uniforms and all that stuff too.”  Standing 6’1”, 174 lbs., Tell spent his entire sophomore season at cornerback where he tangled with some of the best wide outs on the west coast.  Tell added, “My coaches like that I’m strong and I come out of my breaks good.  They like how I come downhill on the ball.”  While still two years away, expect Tell’s interest in the Ducks to only increase as Helfrich and Co. continue pressing towards a national championship.

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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

  • Dukduponquak

    Thanks Mark, for all this great info, job well done!