Oregon Football Recruiting Analysis: Best Recruiting Class Yet?

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It was brought to my attention when cornerback James Locke and quarterback Travis Waller both committed to Oregon on July 1 of this year, that the Ducks reached a new recruiting standard. Recent history has proven that Oregon has not been really aggressive with getting verbal commitments early in the recruiting process. Going back as far as 2002 and probably …

Oregon Football Recruiting Analysis: Spring Cleaning

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The off season for the Oregon Ducks football team has proven to be a little hectic, causing some fans to wonder what will happen to their favored program. With the unusual amount of transfers and departures in the off season, there are going to be questions about the depth of talent and concerns with the coaches retaining the scholarship players. I’m …

Introducing the Recruiting ShrineDog Awards of 2014

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Have you ever looked through the list of signees of various schools after national LOI signing day and noticed that one special athlete who tends to be a last minute commit, and it doesn’t seem to really make sense why he would choose that particular university? Like that old Sesame Street song goes, “One of these things is not like the …

Oregon Football Recruiting Analysis: To Flip or Not To Flip

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Oregon wants just one quarterback for the 2015 class and Notre Dame should be worried. After visiting Eugene several days ago, the long time Notre Dame commit, Blake Barnett, may have second thoughts about the Fighting Irish. Almost immediately, Barnett opened his recruiting up by de-committing from Notre Dame and listing his top two schools of interest as Alabama and …

Oregon Football Recruiting Analysis: Ducks Help Close the Recruiting Gap Behind the SEC

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I’ve said that the success of a collegiate football program is directly related to how well their program can recruit highly talented athletes who fit the program; then some of the rest is coaching.  Obviously, over the past decade, the Southeastern Conference has seen the most success in national championships and is viewed as the conference to beat. In addition …

Oregon Football Recruiting Analysis: I Need a Hero

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With nine months left until the football players of the class of 2015 sign with their designated programs throughout the nation, Oregon is poised to step up their recruiting game another notch.  This is the year that the Ducks must sign the most highly touted talent in the history of the program.  With the recent verbal commitment from the top …

Oregon Football Recruiting Analysis: Did the Earth Just Shake?

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The recruiting wisdom of Mark Helfrich is becoming more evident as time goes on.  Most recently comes the news that Hawaii defensive tackle, Ratu Mafileo, got his “eligibility” green light from the NCAA and can now attend and play football at UO.  The nephew of former Oregon great, Haloti Ngata, sheds new light on a 2014 recruiting class that was …