Recruiting Update: Altman Has Team in the Tourney; 5-Star in the Bag?

Craig Strobeck Feature


Basketball Recruiting


Oregon’s headed to the Bg Dance!  This March holds new meaning for We, the Oregon Faithful as Lightning Yellow and Thunder Green, will take to the hardwood this coming Thursday in a first round match-up with familiar foe, BYU.  Amidst the tension surrounding the moments leading up to Selection Sunday, head coach Dana Altman took a step closer to landing one of the top guards in the class of 2015, Jaquan Lyle (5-Star/Huntington, WV/Rivals100). 

Expected to announce his program decision tonight, Lyle would instantly be in contention for a starting role if he ends up among the Tall Firs. No stranger to shooting the long ball, Lyle is the definition of a facilitator who instantly brings teammates to a higher level of play.  Standing 6-foot-5 and a stout 215 lbs., the East Coast product is the spark Altman needs to continue building success for years to come in Eugene.  Stay tuned!


Football Recruiting


The Ducks are finding its stride this recruiting cycle deep in the heart of once-untouchable territory — Los Angeles.  Wide receiver/defensive back Jeremey Kelly (3-Star/Los Angeles, CA) may have USC in his backyard but is looking north for what he calls a “game-changer.”

I’ve been talking a lot to the Oregon staff,” said Kelly.  ”If they offered me that would probably put them in my top group.  I love the offense, and the coaching staff tells me they want me at receiver.”

Capable of hauling in just about any thrown ball, Kelly has the speed and agility to turn any route into six points.  Look for Oregon to increase communication as an offer will almost assuredly follow once summer begins.

For up to the minute recruiting news, please visit our friends at DUCK TERRITORY, who graciously provide FISHDUCK with in-depth analysis and player-generated material. Look for my latest recruiting update every Wednesday.  WTD!!!

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Mark Flores

Mark Flores

Mark Flores, a Salem, OR resident, is a Firefighter/EMT who is currently attending Paramedic School. A graduate of nearby Corban University with a Bachelors Degree in English-Journalism, Flores is an Oregon 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