Recruiting Update: Smooth Sailing on the Horizon

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RB Royce Freeman (4-Star/Imperial, CA)

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RB Royce Freeman (4-Star/Imperial, CA)

Vaunted tailback Royce Freeman (4-Star/Imperial, CA) recently indicated that the Ducks have garnered his increased attention. “Oregon is a well-established program with a high powered offense,” said Freeman. “I really like coach (Gary) Campbell. I feel like he gives you every opportunity to earn playing time.”

Currently holding an Oregon offer, Freeman will journey to Eugene in June for what is believed to be his only known D1 campus visit. Coupled with a tremendous work ethic both on and off the field, Freeman’s  six-foot, 210 lb. frame would only add to the riches of a stacked Oregon backfield. Stay tuned!

Newly appointed wide receivers coach Matt Lubick is wasting no time getting Oregon’s name etched in the minds of America’s top route runners.  Southeast talent Travis Rudolph (3-Star/West Palm Beach, FL) is Lubick’s latest project and will likely make an official visit before his final prep campaign.

My interest in Oregon is very high. I’ve been watching them for the past few years and they have a very explosive offense,” said Rudolph. “I’ve been seeing what they’ve been doing and how they produce players, so that’s what I really like about them.”

At 6-foot-1, 185 lbs., Rudolph has the uncanny ability to find seams to the end zone on both sides of the ball and could easily wind up as a tabbed athlete during the later stages of his recruitment.

Ball-hawking defensive back Mattrell McGraw (3-Star/River Ridge, LA) introduced himself to Oregon fans at the very beginning of this latest recruiting cycle. After an on-campus visit last month, McGraw remains in high spirits after a very eye-opening experience during his time in Eugene.

I talked to coach (John) Neal. He’s a real cool guy and I love the fact (that) he never bad mouths another school,” said Neal. “He just wanted to let me know I’m still one of his top two guys. Oregon is going to stay in it until the end.”

While the Ducks will have to do battle with southwest teams for McGraw’s services, expect that his overwhelmingly positive experience in and around Autzen Stadium to go a long way in his decision making.

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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