Recruiting Update: From Big Red to Don Thunder Green


Football Recruiting


The Eugene Regional brought a degree of validation and a few surprises along the recruiting trail as it wrapped up late this past Sunday. Island-based runner Vavae Malepeai (3-Star/Mililani, HI) confirmed his intention to become a Duck following a long recruiting rapport with Eugene.

A tabbed running back at the prep level, Malepeai bears the athleticism to find his way into a variety of roles on both sides of the ball. Depending on where the depth chart sits following this season, Malepeai’s talent may find its way into John Neal’s secondary as a safety.

To view Malepeai highlights, please click here.

Eugene Regional visitor and camp defensive line MVP Connor Murphy (3-Star/Phoenix, AZ) got his own taste of what Oregon has to offer and came away awestruck after making the trip north.

“What stood out to me about Oregon is the community,” said Murphy. “It’s like one big family over there with the coaching staff and just the people in general are great. I can tell that I could fit in there.”

At 6’7″, 250 lbs. — and a kid with some wicked red hair — Murphy already fits the mold of a drop-end, and if his camp performance is anything close to what the future holds, Oregon may have a potential all-American waiting in the wings.

All of the coaches were saying they would have me standing up at outside linebacker on first and second down. On third and fourth down they would put my hand in the dirt to get after the quarterback. That’s the ideal position for me.”

Murphy also had a quick tidbit for us, the Oregon faithful.

“… The personality and mindset they all carry. This definitely puts Oregon up in the ranks for me without a question.”

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