Recruiting on Fire: A Conversation with David Kelly, Director of Recruiting Operations

Mark Weinrott Editorials 8 Comments

With 22 verbal commitments across ten states, it’s apparent that the new Oregon football coaching staff could sell Hummers during a gas shortage. Four months remain before the early signing period, yet there are only about a half-dozen slots to fill. And make no mistake, those who have committed are players with very impressive credentials. This is early quantity of high …

Oregon Ducks Recruiting Update: Two 4-star Players the Ducks Have a Real Shot at Landing

Norm Hightower Recruiting 12 Comments

Oregon Ducks‘ Football and Head Coach Willie Taggart are off to a stellar start for the 2018 recruiting class. They’ve landed six 4-star commits, two 3-star commits and a JUCO transfer since April 8th. Taggart will continue to target elite athletes for the class and try to finish strong. There are several players currently leaning towards the Ducks. Let’s look at …

Oregon Ducks Recruiting Update: Landing a Top In-State Recruit is Vital for 2018 Class

Norm Hightower Recruiting 13 Comments

The Oregon Ducks’ head coach Willie Taggart has been hitting the recruiting trail hard for prospects in the 2018 class. While traveling across the country looking for talent, it’s nice to have one of the nation’s top-100 recruits close to home in Oregon. It is especially nice when that player doesn’t have a set position in high school, because he …

Oregon Football Recruiting: Interest Growing in WR N’Keal Harry

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While the Oregon football team has shown a growing interest in junior N’Keal Harry from Chandler, Ariz., the Ducks have yet to make an offer, according to azcentral.com. “They’re reaching out to me but they haven’t offered yet,” Harry told Richard Obert of azcentral.com 2-sport star & #Rivals250 member N’Keal Harry feels right at home at #USC http://t.co/8rAqe1iNss pic.twitter.com/DuIyIE0zRR — Rivals.com …

“He might be the next…” Seriously?

Dave Kensler FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 5 Comments

Now that National Signing Day is over, the voices will gradually increase in both volume and number throughout every college football program with one of the most overused phrases: “He might be the next (insert name of former great player at the respective school).” Ugh! One of my favorite quotes, which has been attributed to Oscar Wilde, is: ”Be yourself; everyone …

Oregon Recruiting, or How to Win Recruits and Influence Players

Graham Berry FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 18 Comments

As some of you may or may not know, the title refers to a formerly (currently?) popular book by Dale Carnegie that apparently taught more than 15 million people how to make friends. Unfortunately, Mr. Carnegie died before writing what would surely be his second most popular book: How to Win Recruits and Influence Players. As Duck fans know, winning recruiting battles, particularly …

Ducks Face Unique Recruiting Challenge

Aaron Lewis FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 6 Comments

As Duck fans, we have become spoiled. After decades of deprivation, during which 6-5 was almost a historic year, we have had a couple of decades of unprecedented success that now make a 7-5 or 6-6 season an unthinkable disaster. Our Ducks don’t rebuild, they reload. Every year we expect to and have seen our Ducks be national title contenders. Even the …

Hawaii and The Oregon Ducks

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Recruiting is the life-blood of college football. Coaches work almost year round to convince players to buy into their program and get the kids to believe that their school is the best fit for them. Many elite programs have the luxury of recruiting top-notch in-state athletes, but Oregon has no such luxury. To begin, Oregon is an elite program. The …

Another Mariota Headed to Eugene

Nik Brownlee FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 6 Comments

Late last night, Marcus Mariota’s younger brother, Matthew Mariota, announced his intention to sign with the Ducks on National Signing Day on February 4. Matthew earned All-State honors this past season playing defensive end for St. Louis High School, the same school Marcus attended. The younger Mariota checks in at 6’3, 230 lbs, which is small for a defensive end at …

It Is Not About Recruiting!?

Dave Kensler FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 7 Comments

It has become a statement acknowledged as fact: Recruiting is paramount to an effective team. As such, you might not like what I have to say. But when I look at the college level of the sport as a whole, I see the hype of recruiting, National Signing Day and related hoopla overblown in terms of significance. We are talking …

How Does the Heisman Affect Oregon Ducks Football Recruiting?

Jason Fowler FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 1 Comment

Along with a berth in the first college football playoff, the Heisman — with this year’s recipient being Oregon’s own Marcus Mariota — has cast the spotlight on the “team that could” from the upper left hand corner of the country. So how will this affect Oregon football’s 2015 recruiting class? Mariota bringing the statue back to Eugene should make …

Top Duck Recruit Josh Sweat Expected To Announce Tomorrow

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Announcement Follows Eugene Visit While living in the moment is everyone’s favorite thing to do, success on a national level is based around how well a school can recruit talent for the years to come. Long-term success is always on the forefront of a coach’s mind, and by having Josh Sweat for an official visit this past weekend, Mark Helfrich …