Not unlike the smoky horizon of the west coast, the ’15-’16 recruiting cycle has settled into a mid-summer haze, seeing several key story lines move into a holding pattern.
While much has been made of Bryce Youngquist’s (4-Star/Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rivals250) recruitment rapport with Eugene, the vaunted linebacker has finally given himself a deadline to announce his commitment. This coming Friday will all but assuredly reveal Youngquist’s eventual destination and could firmly place coach Erik Chinander into the conversation of the next prime-time recruiter in the Pac-12.
Youngquist is expected to hold some type of announcement event around 4 p.m. on July 31st; stay tuned!
It’s not often that Oregon finds its skill players locally — much less in its backyard. Local Sheldon High School quarterback Justin Herbert (NR/Eugene, Ore.) has moved from potential long shot to a serious contender to land an offer from Offensive Coordinator Scott Frost.
“I went over there a few weeks ago and I was throwing in front of coach [Mark] Helfrich and [Scott] Frost,” said Herbert. “They said they were very impressed and they really liked me. I know they said they need to see my first couple of games and they can talk to me more about it.”
While locality would seem to only aid Herbert’s quest to land an Oregon nod, it would also expedite the process of evaluation on the part of the Oregon brass who will be searching for clarity past the impending quarterback battle that will play itself out in fall camp.
To view Herbert’s highlights, please click here.
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