Mario Cristobal’s Winter Term Grade

Mitchel Simantel Editorials 28 Comments

Well, here we are, Duck Fans. We’ve made it to the quiet time. The games have been played, the recruits have been signed and there are only a few more loose ends to tie up before we can close the books on the first term of the Cristobal Era and stash them away to gather dust. It has been a …

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 Recruiting: The Player-Profile that MUST Change…

Charles Fischer Editorials 12 Comments

Remember the glory days of Max Unger or Hroniss Grasu (both now in the NFL) pulling from their center position and actually leading the running back on the edge? The speed and athleticism they had was not only amazing, but ideal for the Oregon Spread Offense under coach Chip Kelly as the Ducks unleashed a scoring assault on the country. To …

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 …

Saban Coerces 2017 Najee Harris, “Go East, Young Man”

Jon Joseph Editorials 14 Comments

If the nation’s 2017 No. 1 recruit, running back Najee Harris from Antioch, California, stays true to his verbal commitment to the Alabama Crimson Tide, he will follow QB Blake Barnett as another recent top-rated California high school football player opting to play for St. Nick Saban. Indeed, Blake was “committed” to Notre Dame and then to Oregon (for a nano-second) before he tripped to Alabama, was seduced by …

All You Need to Know About Oregon Football Recruiting

Jason Fowler Recruiting 2 Comments

Last month I touched on a recruiting topic that I decided to expand upon in this article. I stated that “the success of Oregon does not come from a big group of the highest-rated prospects.” Oregon’s success is unlike many programs that find success on the field only when their recruiting has success. Oregon is known for signing athletes who fit the system …

Recruiting Update: Oregon on the Move in SEC Country

Mark Flores FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 1 Comment

News Just over a month separates “We, The Oregon Faithful” from our first glimpse of a re-tooled Lightning Yellow and Thunder Green squad with aspirations of Bowling in January. With fall camp just around the corner, recruiting will take a back seat to the maturation of the current lineup, but nonetheless will still produce underlying storylines heading into the fall. …