Recruiting Update: Prized Corners

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After almost a year hiatus, I have returned to FishDuck.com for what will be a new chapter of Oregon Recruiting. It’s been too long Duck fans, too long. As I sat down to pen this article out, I felt those age-old feelings of excitement build; by golly, we only have one more Saturday before this juggernaut revs its engine and gets underway!

Talk around practice was anything but happy following the departure of tenured cornerback Chris Seisay. While some national and even local pundents claim the proverbial sky is falling, I see the maturation of a secondary that is two years overdue. While I will never advocate for experience to walk out the door, Seisay, a junior with leadership reigns entrusted, seems to have fallen behind a younger crop of Oregon defensive upstarts in Ugo Amadi and Arrion Springs. On the recruiting front, a position of importance became a position of immediate need almost overnight heading into the 2017 recruiting cycle.

Committed Oregon corners Deommodore Lenoir (4-Star/Los Angeles, CA) and Demetrius Douglas (3-Star/Portland, OR) now become some of Mark Helfrich’s prized pieces of the 2017 puzzle with Lenoir, a consensus national Top 100-rated player being tossed immediately into the conversation of next year’s defensive backfield rotation.

Not straying far from the back hashmarks, John Neal & Co. appear to already be targeting another defensive back in that of Colin Schooler (3-Star/Mission Viejo, CA). That surname should pop to We, The Oregon Faithful, as his older brother Brenden was a late signee in Oregon’s 2016 haul.

I’ve talked to Oregon a little bit,” said Schooler. “I met coach (John) Neal at a satellite camp they held. I’m happy for my brother getting a scholarship to Oregon. He calls me every day and tells me how much he loves it. It’s pretty awesome it worked out for him.”

A tabbed athlete that will most likely settle in the defensive backfield, the 6-foot-2, 225 lb. Schooler is almost a lock to commit if an offer is extended.

“(Playing with my brother) … would be a dream come true. Playing with him at Oregon would be my dream choice. My parents came back from taking him up there and told me how amazing it was.”

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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

  • Platypus

    Elijah Molden wouldn’t be to bad either. Have you heard anything about his recruitment?

  • goducks58

    Welcome back Mark. You were always one of the best writers on FD and I always appreciate your insight.

    • Amen to that! Mark bleeds green, and no–he is not Vulcan. He has good insight into the process and who we are offering.

      Welcome back “thereal.”