Oregon Football Recruiting: The Dawn of National Signing Day 2018

Jason Fowler Editorials 33 Comments

“Recruiting is the lifeblood of any program, so you can’t put anything above that … But it wouldn’t matter who you had here if you didn’t have the right mental attitude and work ethic. You need all those elements to come together to do something like we are doing.” – Pete Carroll (while head coach at USC). Of course, USC is …

Oregon Football Recruiting: It’s Time to Celebrate

Jason Fowler Editorials 18 Comments

Like the crack of someone opening the first beer at a party, the new Oregon staff is perking up ears and turning heads, giving the program a “national championship vibe.” Oregon signed a top-25 recruiting class in only seven weeks, causing a positive buzz and attracting high-caliber talent. Something has changed. That change is Willie Taggart. Early on, we discovered his amazing ability to recruit, something Eugene has …

Football Recruiting Observations from the INSIDE of Saturday Night Live

Jason Fowler Editorials 19 Comments

If you missed the inaugural Saturday Night Live July 29 in Autzen Stadium, you missed a great day for die-hard Ducks fans. Nevertheless, if you weren’t there, FishDuck.com still has you covered with some recruiting analyses of a few players and some other tasty tidbits. By now everyone has seen the fruits of Oregon’s SNL. Four players committed prior to the actual …

Saturday Night Live Recruiting Camp at Oregon is Buzzing

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The University of Oregon football coaches will have one last summer camp before August, when they host the Saturday Night Live recruiting camp on Saturday afternoon, July 29. The exciting part about this camp is it is free and open to the public. That’s right! No charge! The football staff wants to get the word out about this event so the fans can …

Ducks Football Recruiting Is In Good Hands

Jason Fowler Recruiting 10 Comments

As I reflect on the weekend of Oregon’s Spring Game at the end of April, I wonder if there has ever before been such a successful three-day stint of verbal commitments in the history of Ducks football. Possibly in the month of February with Signing Day surprises, but in April? How did this all come about with a completely revamped …

Ducks Football Recruiting: Making the Numbers Count

Jason Fowler Recruiting 22 Comments

Numbers don’t lie. So much of football is measured in numbers: star rating, height, weight, 40-yard dash time, vertical jump, average yards per game, touchdowns, interceptions, tackles for loss, sacks, etc. But can they deceive, or fail to tell the full story (especially when it comes to recruiting) when it comes to our beloved Ducks? Let’s take a look today at other numbers …

Oregon Basketball Recruiting: It’s All About the Final Four

Jason Fowler Recruiting 17 Comments

Basketball recruiting is very different from football recruiting. For example, football has only one signing day; it’s always on the first Wednesday of February. Basketball has two signing periods. There is the early signing period, which was November 9th through the 16th. Then the normal signing period, according to nationalletter.org, for Division I ball runs from April 12th to May 17th this …

Oregon Football Recruiting: Finding Value in the 2017 Defensive Class

Jason Fowler Recruiting 9 Comments

No doubt Oregon’s 2017 recruiting class is special and very good. Getting back inside the top 20 after a year outside the top 25, Coach Willie Taggart was able to preserve and add key components to provide necessary depth or immediate impact to compete for starting positions. I love focusing on the defensive side of the ball, knowing that defense …

Surprise Visitors in January Keep Oregon Football Recruiting Exciting

Jason Fowler Recruiting 22 Comments

Coach Willie Taggart and his staff will sign 24-28 prospects for the the 2017 class. Oregon has 16 current commitments now and need at least eight more with less than one week left to do it. The three open weekends in January have been and will be peppered with potential future Ducks using one of five official visits (OV) to see …

Oregon Football Recruiting: Pursuing a New Player Profile

Jason Fowler Recruiting 36 Comments

Let the madness begin! Dead period ended January 11th and in-home and official visits resume until signing day, February 1. This is when chaos sets in. Flipping commits from one school to another, last minute changes of plans for visits and recruiting sites trying their darndest to keep up with it all is what makes January the best recruiting month …

New Oregon Football Head Coach’s Top 10 Recruiting Prospects

Jason Fowler Recruiting 14 Comments

I realize its been about a week since the new head coach was announced at the University of Oregon, but we fans have had his itinerary for him for nearly a month. There are some things that must be covered amongst all the signing of contracts and creating a staff and meetings and photo shoots, etc., etc. Recruiting for the …

Getting Back to Normal in Oregon’s Football Recruiting

Jason Fowler Recruiting 10 Comments

Oregon Ducks now have 15 committed players for the 2017 class. They are ranked back in the top 25 and starting to feel normal again. Most of the commitments are outspoken regarding how much they really want to be a part of the Oregon program. This is great news; unfortunately this year has a looming “what if?” that can change …