Recruiting Update: A Rock in the Ocean


Football Recruiting

Writer’s Note

Oregon’s 51-27 drubbing over Utah came with a steep price.

One of my all-time favorite Ducks, center Hroniss Grasu, didn’t pop right up after one of his patented pocket blocks.

Inching closer to the edge of my favorite recliner at the fire station, I found myself saying… “Why him?!”

Now, five days removed from “dropscore,” We, The Oregon Faithful have reason to be optimistic as Grasu and cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu are expected to return before our trip to the playoffs.

Least we forget tight end Pharaoh Brown who still resides in a hospital room in enemy territory, #GETWELL85.

It’s moments like the present where we as the body of Lightning Yellow and Thunder Green rally, next man up!


Oregon commit P.J. Locke (3-Star/Beaumont, TX) recently released a new highlight tape. Locke may end up being a steal in this upcoming class as the versatile defender is the truest example of a ball hawk.

For Locke highlights, please click here.

Oregon’s hold on the Hawaiian recruiting picture is rapidly tightening. Over 2,500 miles to the south, the Ducks appear to be dipping into a new recruiting trail along the beaches of American Somoa. Athlete Logan Tago (NR/Pago Pago, Samoana) is only recently gaining exposure as distance conceals this region.

I’m very interested in Oregon,” said Tago. “I would love to visit them… (They’ve) been showing interest.”

A lanky, but solid 6-foot-3, 230 lb. Jack-of-All-Trades, Tago most likely projects as a linebacker at the collegiate level.

“I’m always on the field. I love it. My coaches tell me I don’t give up until the whistle blows and I’m a strong tackler.”

No telling as of yet if Tago will be stateside in the near future. However, with Oregon’s strong island connection, Tago would be quick to accept an invitation to visit Eugene.

For Tago highlights, please click here.

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

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Mark Flores

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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

  • SeattleDuck

    Appreciate the write-up. Quick question- What connection does Oregon have to American Samoa? I don’t recall Oregon ever having players from there, or any member of the coaching staff having a history there. Are you just making a general assumption (and stereotyping a bit) about Pacific Islanders?

    • Bruce

      #50 Simi Toeaina

      Defensive Tackle




      Afono, Amer. Samoa

      High School:
      Samoana HS


      • SeattleDuck

        Thanks. I actually met Simi when I was in college but didn’t know he was Samoan.
        The article still reads like there’s just a generalization that if Oregon has recently recruited Hawaii well, then why not American Samoa.

        Edit: Looks like it’s been updated.

  • Bruce

    Thanks for the heads up on Logan Tago. However, American Samoa is not part of Hawaii. In fact, it’s about 2500 miles from there. Samoans and Hawaiians are Polynesians, but Samoans are not Hawaiians.

  • Ericcson

    How optimistic should we be that Hroniss will be back in time for the Pac-12 Championship Game? The College Football Playoffs? My immediate reaction after seeing his injury was that he tore his ACL. PLEASE tell me I am wrong.

  • Annie

    please…it is American Samoa…not Somoa….