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.
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.
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.
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!”