Oregon pulled one of its greatest recruiting strokes in program history when top-ranked 2015 all-purpose back Taj Griffin (4-Star/Powder Springs, GA/Rivals100) announced that he will don Lightning Yellow and Thunder Green following his senior campaign.
“Oregon was just it for me,” said Griffin. ”I knew it was the place for me when I visited. I loved the coaches, the facilities and everything about it. The coaches showed me a lot of love and I just fell in love with the place. I’m so happy to be a Duck.”
While current Oregon starters have taken their reps at TAZR, the running back/wide receiver hybrid position created by Chip Kelly, Griffin, a 5-foot-10, 175 lb. jack-of-all-trades has been clocked at a blazing 4.35/40 and could be the first true tweener in the Oregon Blur since De’Anthony Thomas.
Griffin’s attachment to the Oregon coaching staff has been a chief motivator in his recruitment and figures to play out into a successful signing come next February.
“That was a pretty big deal to me when coach Helfrich came out to see me (so early in the process),” said Griffin. ”I was one of the first stops he made and that meant a lot to me. It also impressed my parents and they love Oregon as well.”
Griffin will be in Eugene on May 3rd for Oregon’s “Salute the Troops” intersquad matchup and is believed to be finished with all other program visits.
Yesterday afternoon, point guard Kendall Small (4-Star/Lakewood, CA/Rivals150) announced a long-anticipated pledge to join the Ducks and gives Dana Altman his first verbal commit in the class of 2015. Small, a relative unknown until his junior year, is known for his defense and his ability to facilitate an up-tempo scheme, both key facets of Altman’s mantra at Oregon. Look for more information regarding Small’s commitment next week, WTD!!!
Main photo by Kevin Cline
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!!!”
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