With a mere 31 days left until Oregon takes the field for our annual spring game, activity on the recruiting trail remains at a fevered pitch. Under new head man Mark Helfrich, offers and heavy interest from the Oregon brass appear to be an overwhelming priority heading into the spring season. With a commitment already achieved in linebacker Jordan Hoiem (4-Star/Wailuku, HA), tactics of urgency to gain the attention of America’s top prep players early in the recruiting cycle are here to stay.
While committed elsewhere, tabbed athlete Allen Lazard (4-Star/Urbandale, IA/Rivals100), garnered an offer from Oregon via offensive coordinator Scott Frost and defensive backs coach John Neal. “… They said they really liked my tape and that they’re very interested in me,” said Lazard. “(They said) they’d love to have me at Oregon.” At 6’4”, 195 lbs., Lazard sees time on both sides of the ball, something Oregon coaches were quick to notice. “(They)… like my size and my versatility and my playmaking ability, basically. I can play anywhere – it doesn’t matter if it’s offense or defense,” said Lazard. In regards to his ultimate decision, the highly rated to-be senior indicated “I still have a very high interest in Oregon. I need to visit the campus… I’ve heard obviously great things about the university there, the field, how well the football team has done, and the Nike gear and all that stuff,” so stay tuned!
A young but stout member of the class of 2015, Marvell Tell (NR/Encino, CA) is already a legitimate D-1 prospect. ”I’ve always liked Oregon,” said Tell. “I grew up watching them play and I see them winning now. I love the uniforms and all that stuff too.” Standing 6’1”, 174 lbs., Tell spent his entire sophomore season at cornerback where he tangled with some of the best wide outs on the west coast. Tell added, “My coaches like that I’m strong and I come out of my breaks good. They like how I come downhill on the ball.” While still two years away, expect Tell’s interest in the Ducks to only increase as Helfrich and Co. continue pressing towards a national championship.
Mark Flores, a Salem, OR resident, is a Firefighter/Paramedic and an avid Oregon Ducks fan. Prior to the fire service, Flores, a graduate of nearby Corban University, spent over seven years in professional journalism including a stint at the Statesman Journal in Salem and held the position of Sports Editor for the Hilltop News (Corban). A career transition however never dampened his love of writing and FishDuck is now his source to share his love of Mighty Oregon. Flores brings detailed knowledge of Oregon recruiting to the FishDuck team and welcomes your feedback.
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