Recruiting Update: Helfrich Outdueling SEC for Prime Preps

Football Recruiting

S Mattrell McGraw (NR/River Ridge, LA)


With anticipation for Oregon’s annual spring game reaching a fevered pitch, safety Mattrell McGraw (3-Star/River Ridge, LA) quietly made his way into Eugene this past week.  “It was beautiful, it was more than I could have thought of,” said McGraw.  “I can’t even describe how at home I felt with this whole visit… I felt like I was on the team already with everyone knowing me.”  A 6’0”, 183 lb. defender with speed to burn, McGraw is the quintessential prep that garners Oregon attention.  “I spent a lot of time talking to coach (John) Neal… He told me I have a spot… and where I’m at on his board.”  The Ducks appear to lead McGraw’s recruitment and a second visit will likely seal the deal later this year, so stay tuned!


Oregon’s molding of Dion Jordan into one of the nation’s premier drop ends is paying off on the recruiting trail.  Top-ranked defensive end Lorenzo Carter (5-Star/Norcross, GA/Rivals #1 DE) is drawing early attention as a Jordanesque type prep, and recently made known his thoughts about Lightning Yellow and Thunder Green.  “I’m very interested in (Oregon),” said Carter.  “Coach (Nick) Aliotti called me and told me I had an offer and that he was interested in me.”  Carter, who stands 6’5”, 226 lbs., fits Oregon’s relentless style of defense and could be a household name should he sign come letter of intent day.

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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

  • millduck

    Thanks, Mark. This is really exciting stuff!!