Recruiting Update: The West Coast is Our Coast

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Football Recruiting


Its a sign of the times. Oregon’s pull on big-name recruits is producing early-cycle commitments and the message to the rest of college football is clear; speed kills.

Wide receiver Theo Howard (4-Star/Westlake, CA/Rivals250) shook-up the West Coast recruiting landscape when he committed to wide receivers coach Matt Lubick following an unofficial visit last weekend.

I called and committed (on Sunday) and the coaches were pretty shocked,” said Howard. “Coach (Matt) Lubick figured I’d take more time but I just knew Oregon was the place for me. Ever since Oregon offered it had been in my head that was the right place for me. This visit confirmed everything I expected.”

A 5-foot-11, 170 lb. speedster, Howard will add the customary 15 lbs. of muscle once under the tutelage of strength and conditioning guru Jim Radcliffe.

“I kind of knew going into the visit. It wasn’t an exact plan, but I knew in my head I wanted to commit early. Oregon had everything I was looking for and I just couldn’t see myself finding anything better. My parents were very impressed with Oregon too. They loved the coaches and the college town. Eugene is a nice city and there’s a great chance to just really focus on football.”

Howard’s frame is almost impossible to touch in the open field, as the shifty wideout makes even the most sound defenders miss. And if that weren’t enough, he will do his best De’Anthony Thomas impression and hit a whole new level of speed once a seam emerges.

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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


    SPEED KILL’S and this young man can bring it!

  • dogucks

    This kid looks legit, he looks very DAT-esque