Recruiting Update: Oregon Continues to Haunt Mike Riley

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It was the weekend of quarterbacks both present and future in Eugene as Vernon Adams thoroughly silenced any naysayer that remained of his ability to adapt to Oregon’s system. Mere yards from the gridiron sat recent Nebraska commit, ala Mike Riley’s signal-caller of the future Terry Wilson (3-Star/Oklahoma City, Okla.).

Quaterback Terry Wilson (3-Star/Del City, OK) tweeted his intentions last Sunday morning.


Quaterback Terry Wilson (3-Star/Oklahoma City, OK) tweeted his intentions last Sunday morning.

He did not stay committed for long. After watching Oregon pile up over 700 yards of total offense, Wilson tweeted the following morning of his intention to head west and join Mark Helfrich & Co. Wilson brings a shoring element to a future largely unknown beyond Adams.

Standing 6’2″, 185 lbs., Wilson balances excellent touch with the ability to take off on broken and drawn plays — the combination that has become the accepted essence of Helfrich’s gameplan.

Expect Wilson to shut down all other recruiting visits as his pledge to Oregon appears to be one of finality.

Along with Seth Green (4-Star/Allen, TX), Wilson brings the Ducks’ quarterback haul to a pair. It’s never been a question of depth with the remaining quarterbacks who will remain after Adams but rather separation. Helfrich and offensive coordinator Scott Frost’s insistence to take two quarterbacks in the class of 2016 and target several members of the 2017 class raise questions as to where the maturation of Oregon’s backups rests.

Ryan Kelley (4-Star/Chandler, Ariz./Rivals250), a rapidly rising member of the aforementioned 2017 prep pool, found himself the recipient of a phone call from Eugene last Wednesday.

(Coach Frost) said I fit that offense and he likes that I can run fast enough,” said Kelley. “He said he’s been around the country seeing all of the quarterbacks and he knows I’m his guy. Coach Frost said I have a phenomenal arm and my decision-making was great.”

Kelley, once unknown to Oregon, rapidly sped past other potential targets and now could very well be a long-term option if he continues to excel.

“It’s a great football program with great coaches. Oregon has a phenomenal campus and Eugene is a great area. I’ll probably get up to Oregon in October when they play Washington State. I have a bye that week and it’s fall break from school. I’m talking to my parents about putting that trip together.”

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