Recruiting Update: Heart of the Midwest

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Oregon’s seventh straight win over “little brother” (47-19) punctuated a regular season built on revelation. Along the recruiting trail, defensive coach John Neal is looking far and wide to counter the reality of losing cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and safety Erick Dargan. Neal currently boasts three secondary commitments in P.J. Locke (3-Star/Beaumont, TX), Jihree Stewart (3-Star/Corona, CA), and Dylan Kane (2-Star/Honolulu, HI).

Neal is also in the hunt to seal his fourth commitment in tabbed athlete Marquise Doherty (4-Star/Kansas City, MO). Projecting as a safety at the collegiate level, Doherty was in town for Oregon’s home finale and came away with a new understanding about what it means to be a Man of Oregon.

What stood out the most was the family type of atmosphere,” said Doherty. “It was cool to see all of the players mingle together, even the redshirt players as much as the starters. Coach (Mark) Helfrich was really involved with his assistants on a personal level, and that was cool to see.”

At 6-foot-1, 190 lbs., Doherty has been all over the field during his final prep season. Splitting time on both sides of the ball, Doherty’s cerebral approach to the game has paid impressive dividends.

“(Coach Neal) said he likes my ability to close on routes and my football IQ. He also said I have great football instincts.”

If the distance factor can be overcome, Oregon will pluck one of the Midwest’s top talents and will strengthen what will be a very young, but promising defensive backfield.

For up-to-the-minute recruiting news, please visit our friends at Duck Territory, who graciously provide FishDuck.com 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