Recruiting Update: Mid-Summer Haze

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Not unlike the smoky horizon of the west coast, the ’15-’16 recruiting cycle has settled into a mid-summer haze, seeing several key story lines move into a holding pattern.

While much has been made of Bryce Youngquist’s (4-Star/Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rivals250) recruitment rapport with Eugene, the vaunted linebacker has finally given himself a deadline to announce his commitment. This coming Friday will all but assuredly reveal Youngquist’s eventual destination and could firmly place coach Erik Chinander into the conversation of the next prime-time recruiter in the Pac-12.

Youngquist is expected to hold some type of announcement event around 4 p.m. on July 31st; stay tuned!

It’s not often that Oregon finds its skill players locally — much less in its backyard. Local Sheldon High School quarterback Justin Herbert (NR/Eugene, Ore.) has moved from potential long shot to a serious contender to land an offer from Offensive Coordinator Scott Frost.

I went over there a few weeks ago and I was throwing in front of coach [Mark] Helfrich and [Scott] Frost,” said Herbert. “They said they were very impressed and they really liked me. I know they said they need to see my first couple of games and they can talk to me more about it.”

While locality would seem to only aid Herbert’s quest to land an Oregon nod, it would also expedite the process of evaluation on the part of the Oregon brass who will be searching for clarity past the impending quarterback battle that will play itself out in fall camp.

To view Herbert’s highlights, please click here.

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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