Recruiting Update: Dual-Threat Stidham Heading West?


Football Recruiting


Mere moments after newly-minted Heisman winner Marcus Mariota brought tears to the country’s eyes, another signal caller was the subject of breaking news.

Long time Texas Tech commit Jarrett Stidham (4-Star/Stephenville, TX/Rivals100) quietly announced that he would open his recruitment after months of silence surrounded one of the nation’s top dual-threat passers.

What does it mean for Oregon? The Ducks have long been connected with Stidham and are rumored to be the top program in the mind of the 6-foot-2, 183 lb. quarterback. One question remains — distance. If this hurdle can be cleared, expect Stidham to be a serious contender as OC Scott Frost’s newest project.

While Oregon begins the immense process of preparing for the first leg of the College Football Playoff, detailed attention will also be placed on the all-important “dead space” recruiting period.

Class of 2015 junior college cornerback Maurice Chandler (3-Star/Lawton, OK) was on campus over the weekend and now considers Oregon his top school.

I loved it,” said Chandler. “The coaches to the facilities, to the environment… it was great.”

A 6’1, 190 lb. second level defender, Lawton would instantly fill a void once he becomes eligible.

“Oregon’s coaches said they wish I was getting out this year because they need me now,” said Chandler. “They said I would be a great pickup for their class.”

To view Chandler highlights, please click here.

Across the Santiam Pass, the Ducks are hot in pursuit of who could be the state’s next nationally recognized prep in tabbed athlete Cameron McCormick (NR/Bend, OR/Class ’16).

I’d say (Oregon seems) to be pretty interested,” said McCormick. “They are mostly talking to my high school coach right now because he knows the staff there really well… I also attended a spring camp out there and got a chance to work out in front of the coaches last year. During that time we got to talk some.”

While only finishing up his junior season this past fall, McCormick is finding the spotlight by combining stout size (6-foot-5, 225 lbs.) with freakish athleticism where he can quickly take over a game on both sides of the ball.

To view McCormick 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

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