After almost a year hiatus, I have returned to FishDuck.com for what will be a new chapter of Oregon Recruiting. It’s been too long Duck fans, too long. As I sat down to pen this article out, I felt those age-old feelings of excitement build; by golly, we only have one more Saturday before this juggernaut revs its engine and gets underway!
Talk around practice was anything but happy following the departure of tenured cornerback Chris Seisay. While some national and even local pundents claim the proverbial sky is falling, I see the maturation of a secondary that is two years overdue. While I will never advocate for experience to walk out the door, Seisay, a junior with leadership reigns entrusted, seems to have fallen behind a younger crop of Oregon defensive upstarts in Ugo Amadi and Arrion Springs. On the recruiting front, a position of importance became a position of immediate need almost overnight heading into the 2017 recruiting cycle.
Committed Oregon corners Deommodore Lenoir (4-Star/Los Angeles, CA) and Demetrius Douglas (3-Star/Portland, OR) now become some of Mark Helfrich’s prized pieces of the 2017 puzzle with Lenoir, a consensus national Top 100-rated player being tossed immediately into the conversation of next year’s defensive backfield rotation.
“I’ve talked to Oregon a little bit,” said Schooler. “I met coach (John) Neal at a satellite camp they held. I’m happy for my brother getting a scholarship to Oregon. He calls me every day and tells me how much he loves it. It’s pretty awesome it worked out for him.”
A tabbed athlete that will most likely settle in the defensive backfield, the 6-foot-2, 225 lb. Schooler is almost a lock to commit if an offer is extended.
“(Playing with my brother) … would be a dream come true. Playing with him at Oregon would be my dream choice. My parents came back from taking him up there and told me how amazing it was.”
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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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