Recruiting Update: It’s Finally Here!

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UPDATE: NOONPST

16 of the 17 HARD COMMITS have signed LOIs with Oregon. Still waiting on transfer linebacker Paris Bostick (3-Star/Tampa, FL).

See official list here.

Oregon has five early-enrollees and 17 confirmed hard commitments as of 5 PM PST this past Tuesday night. While there could be some fireworks early this morning, expect Oregon’s recruiting class to stay completely intact with the ever-increasing chance to expand once the day is .under way

We’ll touch on the importance of all-purpose back Kirk Merritt’s (4-Star/Destrehan, LA) pledge to become a Duck in a moment. Out west, there’s no bigger topic this morning than that of top tier linebacker John Houston’s (5-Star/Gardena, CA/Rivals100) destination. Thought to be a USC-lean for the duration of the recruiting cycle, Houston’s mind may have been slowly been shifting to the north.

While the issue of staying close to home could very well play a factor, the allure of being able to at the very least contribute — if not start — is a very real possibility for Houston. This one goes down to the last bit of ink drying on the fax machine at The Mo. Oregon might pull its biggest coup since the swiping of then five-star athlete De’Anthony Thomas, stay tuned!

Back to Merritt. Carefully plucked from LSU’s back yard, Merritt is the type of prep who warrants playing time somewhere if not anywhere. While every skill position on offense is loaded with talent, Oregon might have its first true TAZR since the aforementioned Thomas. Merritt’s open field running ability coupled with a strong affinity to play through contact makes him something of a rarity in the Oregon offense, as the “Lightning & Thunder” model blurs together in the 5’11, 206 lber’s game.

To view Merritt’s commitment announcement, please click here.

Check back with FishDuck.com throughout National Signing Day as we will keep a rolling list of CONFIRMED signed LOIs on THIS PAGE, WTD!!!

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