Top 5 – The Oregon Recruiting Pitch

Pre-game for California

Steve Francis

Athletes from all over the country flock to Eugene to see what it’s all about.  Many football recruits come on official visits where coaches, administrators and even current students try to persuade them to come here.  There are many reasons why a top football player may choose Oregon over other schools.  Here are my top five reasons football players come here:

1. Winning Culture

The Ducks have been in four consecutive BCS Bowl games.  That’s hard to understate.  Clearly a college football powerhouse, the Ducks show no signs of slowing down even after a coaching change this year.  The program has elevated to elite status in recent years and is currently more successful than any other team west of the Mississippi River.

Ducks fans hope to see a similar scene January 12, 2015.

Courtesy of the Fiesta Bowl

Duck fans hope to see a similar scene January, 2014.

2. Coaching

Excluding Chip Kelly’s departure last year, the coaching staff has been almost identical year after year.  This continuity has had major correlation to success on the field.  Many of the coaches have been with the Ducks for ten to twenty years, including RBs coach Gary Campbell who has been here for 30 years and churned out numerous NFL players at the position.

3. Facilities

The brand new football facility, named the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex, does not in fact double as a space ship.

The brand new football facility, named the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex, does not in fact double as a space ship.

Training just got so much cooler.  The Hatfield-Dowlin Complex was just completed this summer with quite a large donation from Uncle Phil and his wife, Penny.  If this does not show commitment to our football team, then I don’t know what would.  Autzen Stadium isn’t so shabby either.

4. The Nike connection

Having Nike as a booster adds some swagger to this team.  Phil Knight has made major contributions to Oregon athletics and to the University’s academic facilities, specifically the library, the law school, business school and the medical school.

5. Uniforms

Gear like this never hurt in the eyes of a recruit.

Kevin Cline

Gear like this never hurt in the eyes of a recruit.

Uniforms can often be the ultimate tiebreaker when a football player is going through the recruiting process.  Oregon has undoubtedly one of the most unique uniform combinations in the entire country, and in my opinion, the nicest looking.

Five reasons for any recruit, from any part of the country, to call Oregon “Home!”

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Max Blumenthal

Max Blumenthal

Max is a sophomore at the University of Oregon. He did his best Chip Kelly impersonation moving to Oregon from southern New Hampshire back in 2008. As a Portland area resident, he discovered UO through his older sister who studied there. He is also a member of the Bowerman's Pack which promotes Oregon's track and field team and even collaborates with Nike on grassroots running events. However, his true passion is Ducks' football. If you ever want to meet him in person, come to a blow-out game at Autzen Stadium and wander over to the student section. He will be the last one there after everyone else has left early.

  • Mase

    Max, we don’t have a “medical school at Oregon? Perhaps you were implying Uncle Phil and Aunt Penny’s contribution to our new Integrated Science complex? One thing is for sure: The Knight’s contributions to our beloved UO has enhanced all who ever stepped foot on campus’ lives.

  • Dr. Steve

    For many decades the medical school in Portland was part of the University of Oregon, importantly so at the time Phil Knight was attending the University at the Eugene campus. Around 1980 it was split from the University and retitled the Oregon Health Sciences University. The primary reason was to enhance donations directly to the medical complex. Many of the older alumni still think of the medical school as part of the University of Oregon. I know. I am a graduate of both. The Knight family is donating up to $500 million ( yes, that half a billion) to the medical school for cancer research. So while strictly speaking it is no longer the University of Oregon Medical School, for us older alumni it will always be our medical school, and I am grateful Uncle Phil spreads his philanthropy around.