Recruiting Update: Altman Going Tropical In Florida Raid?

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Football Recruiting Head Coach Mark Helfrich is making short work of an Oregon stigma. His recent offers (very early in the recruiting cycle, I might add) place Lighting Yellow and Thunder Green in a favorable position. Relative unknowns, tight end/athlete Ian Bunting (NR/Hinsdale, Ill) and lineman Sam Jones (NR/Highlands Ranch, CO), both received Oregon nods and could be early pieces …

Recruiting Update: Helfrich’s NSD Success Already Carrying Over

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Football Recruiting News It’s been exactly one week since Oregon inked 19 preps.  You know what that means?!  Just under a year until the hysteria of National Signing Day comes around again.  (For a quick analysis of all 19 Oregon signees by Head Coach Mark Helfrich, please click here.)  Looking ahead, the 2014 class — especially the corps coming out of …

All-Hands Team Member — Darren Carrington Jr.

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When a team expects an onside kick they send out what is known as the hands-team, a group player most likely to be able to grab and hang onto a short kick before the kicking team can arrive.  If there were a hands-team for receivers Darren Carrington Jr. would be on the first team. The 6’3″ 180 lb. receiver from …

Attacking is Winning, Which Oregon Plans To Continue

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Attacking is winning. That is a note scribbled in the margins of what became Bill Walsh’s book Finding the Winning Edge. ESPN the Magazine recently examined the impact of that book on current football coaches.  The most interesting quote from the Mark Helfrich introductory press conference was this: “We will attack in all phases.  We will embrace innovation.  And we …

Meet Your New Ducks: Heeeere’s Johnny… Mundt

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Oregon’s young and versatile tight end group just became younger now that 4-star John Mundt has signed his letter of intent.  He comes out of Modesto, California from Central Catholic High School where he just led his team to a Division IV state title.  Mundt initially verbally committed to Oregon last summer prior to his senior season. John rose in …

Signing Day Recruits And An Eye On 2014

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Yesterday, a long, perplexing and generally crazy cycle came to an end. 19 commits faxed in their letters of intent.  Here’s a look at the class using the tier system I created a couple ago: Tier-E: 5-star rating by at least one service Tier-1: 4-star rating by at least two services Tier-2: 4-star rating by one service Tier-3: 3-star rating …

Juwaan Williams — Decisive, Intelligent, Tenacious

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Juwaan Williams had an impressive high school career, with 38 touchdowns and 1,569 total yards rushing, averaging 8.5 yards per carry.   As a junior, the 6’0″ 185 pound quarterback led his Tucker, Georgia, team to a state AAAAA Football Championship. While Williams’ team was not able to repeat during his senior year, losing to the topped ranked team in the …

Oregon Brings In Recruits — On And Off The Field

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Since new coach Mark Helfrich has taken over for Chip Kelly, he has been very busy on the recruiting trail.  Not only has he and five assistant coaches had an in home visit with every current commit, he has also added some much needed talent to Oregon’s 2013 class.  Oregon is now up to 17 commitments, and looks to add …

Can Helfrich Keep the Class?

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With signing day less than a week away, Mark Helfrich has a chance to ace his first test as the head coach of the Oregon Ducks.  When Helfrich took over for Chip in mid-January, things didn’t look particularly good on the recruiting front.  For a couple of days, it looked like things could really fall apart. Fast forward to today …

Recruiting Update: Magnificent Seven Bag Their Bounty

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Football Recruiting Commits/Offers While much of this week’s attention focuses on Oregon’s latest grab at receiver Devon Allen (4-Star/Phoenix, AZ/Rivals250), and quarterback Juwaan Williams (3-Star/Tucker, GA), little known hybrid Elijah George (2-Star/Las Vegas, NV) committed to the Ducks after taking an official visit last weekend (Read a detailed analysis of Allen here). “Coach (Steve) Greatwood said he loves my potential and my size,” said George. “He thinks …

Oregon Recruiting – 3 Future Commits

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Tier-3: Trevorris Johnson RB Currently committed to TCU, Johnson is set to visit Eugene this weekend.  Expect a commitment shortly thereafter.  In Oregon’s search for a third back, some high profile options have chosen to go elsewhere, leaving the coaches with few remaining options.  While Johnson isn’t considered an “elite” recruit, his film shows a player who has the tools to be successful at …

Meet Your New Ducks: The Big Uglies Up Front

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The Ducks are chock full of offensive linemen entering the latter half of their careers.  They are nowhere near in trouble of having extra bodies to plug in should a couple of starters go down next year; however, picking up some OL recruits is great for our offense given the constant rotation OL coach Steve Greatwood has in games.  Upwards of …