Recruiting Update: Barnett’s Big Weekend

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The stakes couldn’t be higher as Oregon eagerly anticipates the arrival of big-board topper Blake Barnett (4-Star/Corona, CA/Rivals100). Arguably the nation’s top dual-threat quarterback, Barnett will be in Eugene this coming Thursday for a multi-day recruiting trip. Unlike his first visit to Duckville, Barnett will not be alone as he intends to bring both mom and dad for what could be the hinge-point to solidify Oregon as Barnett’s school of choice. Simply put, this is it. Head coach Mark Helfrich & Co. can take a tremendous leap forward in the minds of recruits by besting the likes of Alabama for Barnett’s services. Check back to FishDuck next week for an update!

We, The Oregon Faithful, may be accustomed to Dana Altman’s combing of the JUCO ranks for talent. However his contemporary on the gridiron, Helfrich, may be taking a similar approach with the recruitment of defensive lineman Ulric Jones (3-Star/Oxford, AL).

Right now Oregon is on top,” said Jones. “I have spoken to Coach Aiken a few times already. He told me he is going to talk to Coach (Don) Pellum and Coach (Mark) Helfrich about me and he thinks an offer is coming.”

A 6-foot-6, 285 lb. monster in the trenches, Jones makes no secrets about his mentality.

“I play with a nasty streak.”

Jones is a lock to suit up as a Duck when all is said and done if an offer is extended. An official visit is in the works and should see Jones commit to Aiken’s defensive line if all goes according to plan. Stay tuned!

To view Jones’ highlights, please click here.

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

  • tomahawktom

    Looks like he just committed to Alabama – bummer!

  • stray

    gone to bamma, looks like we’ll have to smear the field with him

  • Mark Gilbert

    I must not agree with stating that Barnett is possibly the number 1 rated dual threat in the nation,,,, I dont think he is nearly fast enough or quick enough,, i think their are currently 2 others that the Ducks are looking at right now and Whaller spelled wrong lol is I think heads above Barnett,, much more dynamic of a play maker and he blows the doors off of Barnett as far as speed on the field from what I have been able to view from both their tapes..arm strength looks similar,,, personally I am glad he is going to Bama to maybe sit their for a few years… I like the QB Oregon has now coming in as a freshman much better than either of these two as well… tyler murray well he would have been the best for Oregon but cant cry over spilled milk either