Amid my frustration and disbelief of what befell our beloved Ducks this past Saturday was my almost immediate gaze to the future, both in the figurative and literal senses. I sat in Section 9 on the sunny side of Auzten, mere rows above the cordoned off “VIP” area that seats Oregon’s visitors. By the third quarter, I found myself thinking “I hope Helfrich & Co. played a good weekend as a whole.”
It appears they did.
“Even though Oregon lost, it didn’t bother me,” said De’jon Harris (3-Star/Marrero, La.). “I really wanted to see the atmosphere and how the coaches interact with the players. We sat down with the players and the coaches in meetings today.
“They were showing me the depth chart at linebacker and it’s wide open. It’s full of juniors and seniors. There’s a great chance to come in and compete right away … [My mom said she] really liked how Oregon has it all set up for you. She was pretty impressed.”
The 5-foot-11, 235 pound Harris is currently committed to 1-4 Arkansas but may wind up on the west coast with the turmoil surrounding the Razorbacks.
“Once I take that (Arkansas) visit I can compare the two and make my final decision after that. I’m still solid to Arkansas but I’m definitely thinking about Oregon too.”
Check back next week for reactions from several other recruits in attendance last Saturday, WTD!
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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.
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