Recruiting Update: Local QB Herbert Primed for Offer

The 41-24 box score from the Oregon vs Colorado contest would indicate, at least on the surface, that the Ducks are back to running opponents out of the building. However, questions regarding the quarterback position reached an all time high as former walk-on signal-caller Taylor Allie and wide receiver Bralon Addison took snaps as Oregon’s No. 1 QB this past weekend.

Pseudo-incumbent Jeff Lockie is not the answer. While he will fill a roster spot next season, the Oregon brass must find another option as Lockie continues to fill the spot of “serviceable backup.”

Enter unknown local product Justin Herbert (NR/Eugene, Ore.).

A 6’5, 220 lb. dual threat, Herbert was on his way to an eventual Oregon Class 6A Player of the Year award before he broke his femur early in his junior season. Now healthy in 2015, a rejuvenated Herbert has perennial power Sheldon High on another championship run despite an early season loss to Jesuit in which the senior signal caller tossed for a mere 471 yards and 5 touchdowns.

The whole of the state took notice, including Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost.

(Coach Frost) told me they might still be looking for another quarterback,” said Herbert.

“They’ve been keeping tabs on me and watching my games to see how I’m progressing. Coach Frost told me he wants to talk to coach Helfrich and he would get back to me about an offer. It sounded like I could know something in the next few days.”

And just what would an offer mean for the local prep standout?

“(Coach Frost) asked if they offered what sort of impact that would have. I told him that would be a big offer for me. So he told me to talk to my parents about it and he will get back to me in a few days.

“It would be really cool to get that offer. It would let me know all of my hard work has paid off. To have that chance to play in front of my family and friends would be unreal.”

Stay tuned, Duck faithful, as an offer from Oregon is highly likely to lead to a commitment from Herbert.

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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

  • MAITAIDUCK

    Good stuff Mark. Whats not to like about this young kid. He knows how to play the position and set’s his feet can deliver the ball right on the money. He always has his head downfield and he’s 6-5 so the long ball is there for the taking. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if they offer and they should actually take 3 QBs in this cycle. Jonsens a keeper and about Mahalak the light just hasn’t turned on yet but the talents there. Oregon will be just fine people.

  • barry clements

    Sounds like Seth Green is shopping himself around right now so 2016 may still be a 2 QB year for recruiting. This kid does seem to have the physical attributes of a D1 QB but 6-A high school football in Oregon is no of the same caliber as in CA, FL, TX, or most of the southeast. How good he actually is or can be will likely be how well he is coached. I hope he is THAT good. The Ducks need a future signal caller that can lead through the end of this decade if Travis Jonsen does not work out. Jonsen is the kid I like for our future at this point.

    • Bon

      Yes, keep hating on Homegrown Oregon football talent, specifically from Eugene (mainly Sheldon). They only produce those scrubs that play against the likes of kids like Henry Mondeaux and Alex Ballucci. Oh and don’t forget that QB from almighty California who is just domin… Wait the 4-star Lockie is getting outplayed by No-star Sheldon walk on Taylor Alie? I agree with you, skip on Justin, the kid who has lost ONE game in high school because he doesn’t have “touch”.

      P.S. Mariota played in Hawaii, a state not know for producing top of the line players, while only being looked at by a small number of schools. Football is so much more than numbers and stats. And people have forgotten that.

      • barry clements

        I was talking about the competition players face in Oregon. Simple fact. You can name Balducci and Mondeaux and Tyner, and CA, FL, TX, GA can name 30-40 players for every Oregon player of equal caliber. Yes, Mariota came from a lower talent state, but he proved himself and if you read my post I said I hope our Oregon recruit will do the same. You are fighting paper ghosts who probably have thicker skin than you do Bon.

        Also, Bon, I never mentioned Eugene football player quality you moron.

  • Weston

    psssst, Mark …. “Alie”