Recruiting Update: Oregon Continues to Haunt Mike Riley

Oregon Football takes on the Eagles of Eastern Washington in their season opener of the 2015 season. This is an anticipated game as Oregon fans will see new QB Vernon Adams for the first time in a Duck Uniform. (photo Copyright John D. Sperry)


It was the weekend of quarterbacks both present and future in Eugene as Vernon Adams thoroughly silenced any naysayer that remained of his ability to adapt to Oregon’s system. Mere yards from the gridiron sat recent Nebraska commit, ala Mike Riley’s signal-caller of the future Terry Wilson (3-Star/Oklahoma City, Okla.).

Quaterback Terry Wilson (3-Star/Del City, OK) tweeted his intentions last Sunday morning.


Quaterback Terry Wilson (3-Star/Oklahoma City, OK) tweeted his intentions last Sunday morning.

He did not stay committed for long. After watching Oregon pile up over 700 yards of total offense, Wilson tweeted the following morning of his intention to head west and join Mark Helfrich & Co. Wilson brings a shoring element to a future largely unknown beyond Adams.

Standing 6’2″, 185 lbs., Wilson balances excellent touch with the ability to take off on broken and drawn plays — the combination that has become the accepted essence of Helfrich’s gameplan.

Expect Wilson to shut down all other recruiting visits as his pledge to Oregon appears to be one of finality.

Along with Seth Green (4-Star/Allen, TX), Wilson brings the Ducks’ quarterback haul to a pair. It’s never been a question of depth with the remaining quarterbacks who will remain after Adams but rather separation. Helfrich and offensive coordinator Scott Frost’s insistence to take two quarterbacks in the class of 2016 and target several members of the 2017 class raise questions as to where the maturation of Oregon’s backups rests.

Ryan Kelley (4-Star/Chandler, Ariz./Rivals250), a rapidly rising member of the aforementioned 2017 prep pool, found himself the recipient of a phone call from Eugene last Wednesday.

(Coach Frost) said I fit that offense and he likes that I can run fast enough,” said Kelley. “He said he’s been around the country seeing all of the quarterbacks and he knows I’m his guy. Coach Frost said I have a phenomenal arm and my decision-making was great.”

Kelley, once unknown to Oregon, rapidly sped past other potential targets and now could very well be a long-term option if he continues to excel.

“It’s a great football program with great coaches. Oregon has a phenomenal campus and Eugene is a great area. I’ll probably get up to Oregon in October when they play Washington State. I have a bye that week and it’s fall break from school. I’m talking to my parents about putting that trip together.”

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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