Deommodore Lenoir Is Coming … and Is Here To Stay

August Howell Recruiting 12 Comments

Each year in the land of college football recruiting, there always seems to be at least one recruit who is a headline grabber. Whether it’s for his words or actions, the spotlight just seems to be on him. This year, that spotlight has been on 4-star athlete Deommodore Lenoir. Not just because he is one of the best players outright in the 2017 …

Jaylon Redd Is an Impact Waiting to Happen

August Howell Recruiting 8 Comments

As a fan of college football, it’s sometimes easy to get lost in the sheer number of recruits and analyses given by coaches and teams during the off season. It can be hard to sort through the noise when sometimes all a dedicated fan wants to know is who is going to make plays next season. Who is going to be …

Recruiting Update: 2017 Recruits Will Not Quit on Taggart

August Howell Recruiting 4 Comments

The recruiting period is over, and now it’s time to analyze and reflect on the 2017 class. Incredibly, in the midst of doubt and scrutiny, coach Willie Taggart and his staff assembled a very respectable class in just seven weeks. It’s no secret that the headline recruits were the defensive ones, and they deserve a lot of recognition. Having young …

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 …

Recruiting Update: A Good Start to Willie Taggart’s Recruiting Era

August Howell Recruiting 13 Comments

Willie Taggart has settled into his new role at Oregon quite well. Despite the “hospitalized players” drama, hiring a new coaching staff and the pressure to bring Oregon back to compete for a PAC-12 championship, Taggart has delivered a solid 2017 recruiting class. His ability to bond and forge relationships with players has really shown during this offseason. The biggest takeaway I got …

FishDuck’s “State of the RECRUITING Union” Analysis

Charles Fischer Analysis 38 Comments

I have been around recruiting as long as Oregon football has been on the web, and frankly, I am stunned at what I am seeing with Oregon football recruiting currently. This is not meant to be a “feel-good” article/analysis, because, as in the past, I am calling it as I see it, whether good or bad (and I cannot believe …

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 …

The Next Generation of Oregon’s Defense

Jay Garnett Editorials 10 Comments

Oregon’s defense, regardless of their (relatively) amiable performance against Arizona State this past weekend, is bad. Like historically bad. Prior to the game this weekend, the Ducks ranked in the bottom 10 in the country in rushing yards allowed per game, yards per rushing attempt and turnovers generated per game. They were 3rd-worst in total scoring defense and penalty yards allowed. …

Recruiting Update: Prized Corners

Mark Flores Recruiting 3 Comments

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 …