Oregon Creating An Avalanche On Recruiting Front

Football Recruiting


ATH/WR Speedy Noil (4-Star/New Orleans, LA/Rivals100)

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ATH/WR Speedy Noil (4-Star/New Orleans, LA/Rivals100)

Following a tremendous pickup in that of running back Royce Freeman (5-Star/Imperial, Calif./Rivals250), the Oregon snowball continues to build as several top-rated prospects indicated heavy interest in the Ducks.

Coming off a spectacular performance at Nike’s The Opening held earlier this month, venerable wide receiver Speedy Noil (4-Star/New Orleans, LA/Rivals100) named Oregon to his top five program choices. A tabbed athlete in the mold of current Ducks do-it-all back De’Anthony Thomas, the 6-foot, 161-pound Noil blazes by defenders with 4.4 speed and figures to be a slot receiver at the collegiate level. Already commanding an Oregon offer, wide receivers coach Matt Lubick will no doubt pull out all the stops in attempting to land one of the top preps of 2014.


Long been on the radar in Eugene, offensive tackle Layth Friekh (3-Star/Peoria, Ariz.) confirmed an official visit to Autzen Stadium this coming Sept. 14. At 6-5, 265 pounds, Friekh could be surmised as a raw talent that has tremendous upside if placed under the direction of offensive line coach Steve Greatwood. Having no other official visits set in stone, an eye-opening trip could put the Ducks in command of Friekh’s recruitment, stay tuned!

Wide receiver Nick Kurtz (4-Star/El Cajon, Calif) choose the junior college route to his hone skills before turning his attention to Division I. Now at a crossroads, Kurtz will journey to the Oregon campus in August in hopes of gaining clarity. “I’m going to visit Oregon on Aug. 6 and I’m excited to see them,” he said. A dead give away in the read zone, Kurtz’s speed keeps him on the perimeter as mid level threat with tremendous big play potential. Look for Lubick and the Ducks to heavily pursue Kurtz as his athleticism fits the Oregon bill.

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Mark Flores

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