Recruiting Update: We Got Ifo, Why Not Ofo?

Football Recruiting


Oregon received a startling, yet not necessarily unexpected commitment in recent visitor Alex Ofodile (4-Star/Columbia, MO/Rivals250). A mid-west standout at wide receiver, Ofodile made the trek out west to visit the Ducks this past weekend.

It was definitely where I felt most comfortable,” said Ofodile. “I loved the facilities and all of that, but I just got that feeling at Oregon. I knew it was the right place for me.”

A 6-foot-3, 185 lb. speedster, Ofodile doesn’t shy away from contact once he hauls in a pass and will instantly remind ‘We, The Duck Faithful’ of recently departed point-man Josh Huff. While he may be a quiet four-star, Ofodile is the kind of player who flourishes in Oregon’s speed-driven offense and has the potential for record-book etching when all is said and done. Stay tuned!

Oregon’s future at quarterback is one of the hottest discussions in college football. Dual-threat Travis Waller’s (4-Star/Anaheim, CA/Rivals250) interaction with the Ducks has been a curious one seeing a long-standing recruiting dialogue finally resulting in an offer over the weekend.

I talked to (Mark Helfrich) and he explained what took so long,” said Waller. “(Helfrich) told me how I can contribute and how I’d be a great fit for their offense. He said I saw their place in January and he hopes I’m still interested. Then he offered. I was very hyped up.”

The 6-foot-2, 195 lb. Waller is Oregon’s best option moving forward and would be in contention to start from day one in a Ducks’ uniform.

“(Oregon is) the perfect fit. They run the spread offense. That’s the school I’ve always wanted to go to.”

Waller will be just north of Eugene for Nike’s The Opening in early July and could solve Oregon’s quarterback uncertainty following the camp. A near-future commitment to Helfrich & Co. would go a long way in solidifying Oregon’ s 2015 class and perhaps more importantly, elevate the level of security in the post-Marcus Mariota era.

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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

  • LADuck

    Here’s another prospect that shows huge QB upside for Oregon. Oh yeah I forgot, he’s already playing for Oregon beginning yesterday!

    Don’t you think MM2’s enormous potential is what might be pushing some of our backups and a few of these 2015 recruits to think twice about the Ducks? He’ll also have a full season studying under MM1. I hope we get Waller, very promising talent, but MM2 is the future!

  • funnytoes

    Four or five top QBs end up @ USC every season. NO reason the Ducks can’t have a top recruit joining Mahalak. With the offense we run, it’s unlikely a QB lasts the entire season: a talented back up that was ready to go could have seen major action during the last several games last year.
    Hey, one thing that troubles me: why no love for Jeff Lockie?
    Everyone seems to have thought Jake Rod was superior… except Helf and Frost. Both favored and gave the nod to Jeff.
    I think he’ll do fine this year and show the faith wasn’t misplaced.