Recruiting LOI Day: What FishDuck is Watching For …

Charles Fischer, Mr. FishDuck Editorials

Let’s face it … recruiting news is entertainment, as much of a “game” as anything we follow with Oregon sports. It is such a rollercoaster, especially at this time of year. I’m going to share what I personally am watching for on the National Letter-of-Intent (LOI) signing day this Wednesday and offer some of my recruiting observations and opinions. Naturally, …

Holy Crap! Kayvon Thibodeaux, No. 1 Recruit is a DUCK!

Charles Fischer, Mr. FishDuck Announcements

Mario Cristobal continues achieve things never done at Oregon before with the verbal commitment today  of the nation’s No. 1 rated recruit in the nation Kayvon Thibodeaux from Southern California. He is a rush-defensive end at 6’5″ and 230 lbs. and is known for extraordinary speed. Sorry guys…I can hardly write as I’m a babbling mass of protoplasm right now …

Share the Love: Analyzing Oregon Recruiting and Super Mario

Ugly Duckling Editorials

My Friends, our Friend in the comments, Ugly Duckling, contributed quite an impressive article that I highly recommend reading. Articles like this give me a break on an occasional week, and I do appreciate it. Have something to say and want it to be published? Send it to charles@fishduck.com in a Word Document and give us your thoughts.  They have to …

Why Oregon will NOT Finish in the 2019 Recruiting Top Ten

Charles Fischer, Mr. FishDuck Editorials

No, my friends, the title is not “clickbait.” What I wrote is true. You all are acquainted with me well enough by now to know that I am frequently guilty of sizzling titles, but I also back them up with facts and reasoned arguments. I do not present a title to lure a reader in and then pull the bait-and-switch …

2019 Recruiting Disasters in the Pac-12: UCLA, Washington=Boise State?

Charles Fischer, Mr. FishDuck Editorials

My friends….we are not supposed to have five articles this week, but this stuff is just too juicy. I was supposed to take a break this week, but comparing Washington to Boise State in recruiting was something I had to get out to my friends for discussion. Why? Because Oregon is in a position with recruiting that I never thought …

The Cristobal Staff is About to Break TWO RECRUITING RECORDS at Oregon

Charles Fischer, Mr. FishDuck Editorials

An axiom we savvy Oregon fans and readers of this site know, part of College Football 101, is that when it comes to talent … “Great coaching can help players outperform their recruiting ranking, but to win championships — you must have a roster full of superior talent.” We are all keeping up with the recruiting battles occurring and, while we are …

Yeech: Do I Have to say, “THANK YOU” to Willie Taggart?

Charles Fischer, Mr. FishDuck Editorials

Admit it, you’ve been thinking about this too. You even know what I’m about to write, but like me, you have not wanted to address it because you are still annoyed at the despicable way he dumped the Ducks. But this is Lent, a Christian time of sacrifice; of cleansing and making amends. Before we put the Willie Taggart era completely …

Laying the Foundation: How Elite Teams Are Built

Justin Samples Editorials

After signing day I heard a lot of squawking about this recruiting class and couldn’t help but shake my head. For years Oregon fans have bemoaned the lack of elite line talent on our teams. This showed especially during bowl games against physical opponents from the Big 10 or SEC (I can still see OSU running counter trey over and …

FishDuck Philosophy: New Lessons Learned from Recruiting…

Charles Fischer, Mr. FishDuck Editorials

Just as Jake Locker got schooled on a blitz in the picture above, I learned about some new aspects of football recruiting this year, none of which I particularly care for. I am developing some ways to mentally prepare for them, some FishDuck Philosophies if you will, which will help overcome the roller-coaster ride that has become the modern day norm in college football recruiting. Consider …

2018 Football Recruiting: “One of the Best Classes EVER”

Charles Fischer, Mr. FishDuck Editorials

Lately I’ve heard and read reactions from fellow fans about the 2018 recruiting class such as, “this was an unmitigated disaster” and “pretty good considering all that happened!” In the end–both opinions are correct, as it just depends upon your perspective in addressing the results. I have a usual positive spin from the predicable context angle, but I also want …

Oregon Football Recruiting is Changing and It’s Time to Accept It

Mitchel Simantel Editorials

Oregon Football has been built on a foundation of continuity, innovation and those diamond in the rough players that we, as Duck fans, have loved over the years. Our program has felt like a family, with familiar faces on the sideline and in the locker room. We were comfortable, we were confident and each year, when our recruiting class was …

Cristobal Can Set “Triple Crown” Recruiting Records THIS YEAR

Charles Fischer, Mr. FishDuck Editorials

So the Ducks have another disjointed football recruiting year? Lovely. Last year, the new staff and did the best they could in a short period of time and put together a great class, but this year was set up to be an epic LOI (Letter of Intent) day in February. After looking at the fall-out of verbal commits and considering …