Taking a Pulse Check on Oregon’s Top Recruiting Targets

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It’s hard to believe that this is supposed to be a relatively quiet time of the year for Oregon recruiting. It’s the evaluation period, so the Ducks are able to send 10 of their assistant coaches to visit the prospects of their choice. Of course, things have been anything but quiet. Top-100 quarterback Jay Butterfield and former top-50 defensive back …

Oregon’s Poised to Land a Big-Time Transfer

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What if I told you that the Ducks aren’t finished adding pieces to their program-best, seventh-ranked 2019 recruiting class? While most of the news has revolved around the Ducks’ 2020 class, an elite 2019 prospect has re-entered the fold. Four-star cornerback* Chris Steele is back on the market, entering his name in the transfer portal after enrolling at Florida earlier …

Oregon Faces Recruiting Competition From an Unlikely Source

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For a few years, there may not have been another school in the country that had the recruiting reach of Oregon. The Ducks filled up their classes with players from both the Southeast and the Pacific, doing whatever it took to level the playing field with the talent-laden programs east of the Mississippi. Unfortunately, this strategy has ruffled some feathers. …

Was Oregon’s Big Recruiting Weekend a Bust?

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The spring game was billed as maybe the biggest recruiting event in Oregon history. Top prospects from across the country were courted like kings, as Oregon looked to move back into the upper echelon of the recruiting rankings. ScoopDuck predicted that the Ducks would come out of the weekend with as many as nine new commits, more than tripling the …

Oregon Is Rolling out the Red Carpet for Major Recruiting Weekend

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This past weekend, the Ducks hosted a bunch of high-ranking recruiting prospects — including an unexpected surprise — in what turned out to be a very eventful couple of days. But this upcoming weekend is even more critical. With loads of premier prospects scheduled to visit, the weekend of the spring game has become one of the largest recruiting events …

Is Oregon’s 2020 Recruiting Class in Trouble?

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There’s a bit of concern surrounding the Ducks’ 2020 recruiting class. Right now, the Ducks rank 33rd in 247Sports’ composite rankings, behind the likes of Iowa State, Boston College and BYU. For a team that ranked in the top 10 in the previous cycle, it seems problematic that the Ducks haven’t even cracked the top 25 in this year’s go …

Recruiting Update: Elite Prospect Calls Oregon His “Dream School”

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Recruiting is a funny business. Many prospects prefer to keep things close to the vest and aren’t comfortable with the media circus that their play draws. Others welcome the limelight and use their high-profile statuses to build their brands and tour schools across the country. Trinity Christian, Tex. cornerback Dwight McGlothern definitely falls into the latter category. Most recruits are …

Recruiting Update: Are the Ducks on QUACK WATCH?

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The start of spring football marks a critical point on the recruiting calendar. It’s one of the busiest times of the year, as prospects use this time to travel across the country and see what each program has to offer. The Ducks have already kicked things into gear, with over a dozen prospects expected to make the trip to Eugene …

Recruiting Update: The Avantae Williams Saga

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While fans waited in anticipation as the Ducks finished off their 2019 recruiting class, the coaches on staff were busy laying the groundwork for the 2020 class behind the scenes. Their diligence paid off, as the Ducks already have a couple of commitments for the 2020 cycle. The headliner is Deeland, Fla. athlete Avantae Williams: a 5’11, 170-lb. missile who …

Recruiting Update: Finding the Quarterback of the Future

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By now, Duck fans are well aware that Mario Cristobal is an ace recruiter. At Alabama, Cristobal was named the 2015 “Recruiter of the Year” by both Rivals.com and 247Sports. Four years later, he’s still going strong, securing the Ducks’ best-ever recruiting class this offseason. But he won’t spend the next six months resting on his laurels. Recruiting is a year-round …

Ducks Football Recruiting Is In Good Hands

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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 …

For Darrian McNeal, Football is More Than a Game, and Taggart Is More Than a Coach

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Relationships with coaches and teammates is something that transcends all sports. The bond between player and coach can have a lasting impact on both parties. Even though Willie Taggart hasn’t even officially coached him yet, 3-star wide receiver Darrian McNeal has faith in his bond with Taggart. A Man Amongst Men It all began when McNeal, who played at Armwood High …