Recruiting Update: Helfrich to Paint Saban’s Backyard Green & Yellow!

Football Recruiting


TE Zack Bornstein (NR/Westlake Village, CA.

New headman Mark Helfrich is starting his tenure with a bang.  Oregon’s normally reserved practice of extending offers late in the recruiting cycle appears to be all but gone.  The newly termed “The Magnificent Seven” are hot on the recruiting trail and offers are a-plenty for aspiring preps who fit the Oregon mold.

Tight ends Zack Bornstein (NR/Westlake Village, CA) and Davion Riley (NR/Lake Wales, FL) are just such players. Bornstein, a 6’4″, 215 lb. super-hands route runner, finds his way to pay dirt and can get it done as a blocker to boot.  “I love Oregon’s campus …and the weather.  I’m a fan of overcast, rainy type of weather, if you can believe that,” said Bornstein.  His contemporary, Riley, an identical 6’4″ and just 15 lbs. lighter, currently commands an Oregon offer as a result of stellar play in the flats.  “I have real high interest in Oregon, I love what they are doing out there,” said Riley.  “They have a great winning percentage and have one of the best coaching staffs in the nation.  I definitely love their uniforms too.”  With a heavy emphasis upon turning the tight end position into that of a hybrid downfield threat with mid-level blocking, expect Oregon’s popularity with aspiring jumbo athletes to only get bigger.

(For Riley Highlights, please click here.)

Both recently extended offers, tabbed athletes Myles Autry (4-Star/Norcross, GA/Rivals250) and Jalen Harvey (NR/El Cerrito, CA) are some of the latest speeders to give Eugene a serious look.  “Oregon is a great school,” said the 5’10”, 175 lb. Autry.  His sentiments were echoed by Harvey, a 6’1″, 175 lb. wide receiver who was quick to notice the Ducks plethora of wheels.  “Oregon plays fast on the both sides of the ball,” said Harvey.  “(Coach John Neal) said they wanted to offer me as an athlete and they love they type of player I am.”

Speed all around, stay tuned!!!

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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