Recruiting Update: Oregon Looking to Re-Unite Teammates from the Deep South

Basketball Recruiting

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PF/SF Aaron Gordon (5-Star/San Jose, CA/Rivals150)

With Oregon set to begin its tournament run this coming Thursday, west-coast big man and prized Duck target Aaron Gordon (5-Star/San Jose, CA/Rivals150) quietly set his announcement date for April 3rd at the McDonald’s All-American Game.  The 6’8″, 205 lb. low post behemoth re-added the Ducks late in the recruiting cycle and is now thought to be heavily scrutinizing Oregon’s postseason play.  A close knit friendship with current point guard Dominic Artis and almost a guaranteed starting spot this coming season would seem to give Oregon a very favorable chance to land who some are calling the best Bay Area high school prospect of all time, so stay tuned!

Football Recruiting

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By now most of We, The Duck Faithful have learned the name Jordan Hoiem (4-Star/Wailuku, HI). As Oregon’s first commitment in the 2014 class, Hoiem is a tremendous get on the defensive side of the ball.  “I got a message to call coach (Nick) Aliotti so I caught him just before he started dinner,” said Hoeim.  “He talked to me for a few minutes then asked me how I’d feel if he offered me a scholarship.  I didn’t hesitate; I told him he has my word I’ll be signing with him in February.  That’s been my dream school and it was an easy decision to make.  I’m so excited right now I can’t even describe it.”

At 6’4″, 210 lbs., linebackers coach Don Pellum and newly appointed defensive line headmen Ron Aiken have the potential to mold Hoiem as a drop end tasked with pass coverage assignments to go along with quarterback disruption.

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Running backs coach Gary Campbell is primed to pluck another southwest running back, 5’10”, 201 lb. runner Vic Enwere (NR/Missouri City, TX).  “I have a pretty good relationship with coach (Gary) Campbell,” said Enwere.  “We have been talking for a while pretty often.  I like what he is telling me and what I know about the (Oregon) offense.  They definitely know how to run the ball.”

Off the field, Enwere is equally as serious about his academics.  “Coaches tell me a lot of things but I hear a lot about my character; which is great to hear they respect me as more than just a football player.”

Incoming Oregon signee Juwaan Williams (3-Star/Tucker, GA) may have a teammate following him to Eugene in 2014.  Defensive tackle Elisha Shaw (4-Star/Atlanta, GA/Rivals100) shared the field with Williams and indicated that the Ducks have been a topic of discussion amongst the pair.  “(Juwaan) says if I go out (to Eugene), I’m going to fall in love with them,” said Williams.  While still early in the 2014 cycle, expect Oregon’s on-field success and Shaw’s prep connection with the Ducks to grow his interest in donning Lighting Yellow and Thunder Green.

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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

  • Chris

    No comment other than a big “thank you” to Mark for keeping us all updated.