Recruiting Update: Austrian has Oregon on the Mind

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Oregon is off and running in the 2016 recruiting cycle. Offers are flying fast as the Duck brass looks to get ahead in the minds of several key recruits heading into the spring.

Oregon’s bread and butter in this new era, the “plug and play athlete,” has been identified through heavy interest shown to jack-of-all-tradesman Damian Alloway (4-Star/Fontana, CA/Rivals100).

I know coach [Mark] Helfrich was by the school about a month ago to check on me,” said Alloway. “He said they are real interested in me because of my speed. He told me to keep my grades up and stay after it.”

The 5-foot-10, 170 lb. West Coast product not only has the legs to compete, but also boasts the vision that is the hallmark of Oregon’s TAZRs and all-purpose backs.

And just how big would a nod from the Ducks be for Alloway?

“If Oregon offered that would shoot them to the top.”

In the Midwest, defensive line coach Ron Aiken may have found his latest project in European-born Thomas Schaffer (3-Star/Lake Forest, Ill).

A newcomer to American football, Schaffer uses an imposing, yet athletic 6-foot-7, 280 lb. frame to disrupt offenses. As a technical player who looks to exploit weaknesses, Schaffer holds the Ducks in high regard.

Oregon has some sentimental value to me. [They were] my favorite school growing up that I loved to watch,” said Schaffer. “Oregon is pretty high up right now. When they offered, that was pretty stunning to me.”

Expect Schaffer to be in Eugene sometime in late March. To view highlights, please click here.

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    The Austrian knows how to play the game and is a disruptive presence on the field as in Blocking FG’s tipping passes right when the QB throws and he is fast for his size. I’m real surprised he’s not at least a 4 star. He’s got Football instincts and you can’t teach that part of the game as in you either have it or you don’t. Hopefully Oregon gets him including Murphy because we all watched his brother play at Stanford and he terrorized the Line.