Surprise Visitors in January Keep Oregon Football Recruiting Exciting

Jason Fowler Recruiting 22 Comments

Coach Willie Taggart and his staff will sign 24-28 prospects for the the 2017 class. Oregon has 16 current commitments now and need at least eight more with less than one week left to do it. The three open weekends in January have been and will be peppered with potential future Ducks using one of five official visits (OV) to see …

Recruiting: Should Oregon Football Coaches present NEGATIVE now?

Charles Fischer Editorials 16 Comments

Come on Oregon fans, ‘fess up! If you are reading this it is because you are an extraordinary Duck football fan that cares about the team far beyond all reasonable time that should be given to such a hobby. Like yours truly, you love reading about your beloved Ducks and want them to not just win, but someday win the …

Recruiting Update: Oregon Looking Stronger After New Coaching Hires

August Howell Recruiting 14 Comments

It’s been a wild journey this offseason in the landscape of football recruiting. Head Coach Willie Taggart has seen multiple class of 2017 recruits commit and/or decommit. That pattern is likely to continue as signing day approaches. Taggart’s plan to get Oregon back on track has some players looking elsewhere, while others appear on board with his ideology. A huge piece of …

Recruiting Update: Coaching Changes Mean Drama for Football Recruiting

August Howell Recruiting 8 Comments

The sudden yet not totally unexpected firing of former head coach Mark Helfrich means more uncertainty for the Ducks’ 2017 recruiting class. With the Pac-12 North schools of Washington, Washington State, and Stanford all looking stronger, Oregon has to step up its recruiting strategy. The looming question for this Oregon team is what to do about the defense. How does Willie Taggart recruit players to a defense that …

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 …

Official Visits Are Crucial To Oregon Football Recruiting

Jason Fowler Recruiting 5 Comments

The Oregon football program has had better moments, but in terms of overall history you don’t have to go back too far to see that we fans had fun enjoying the little wins and nuggets of positive progress for many years. One thing is certain. Recruiting highly talented football players is essential to imminent success. A key to recruiting top …

Offensive Changes With Oregon Football Recruiting in the Next Six Months

Jason Fowler Recruiting 2 Comments

Now that the season has begun, official visits are being scheduled by high school football players across the nation. Recruiting’s most active part of the year is under way! In my last article, found here, I talk about the future changes that can be expected on the defensive side of the ball. This article is Part II of the two-part …

Recruiting Update: Greatwood and Aiken on the Move at Home

Mark Flores Recruiting 1 Comment

Oregon’s youth in the trenches could be getting a quick bolster from a crop of in-state talent as Steve Greatwood and Ron Aiken are finding the lumber among the Portland pines. Offensive tackle Dawson Jaramillo (4-Star/Lake Oswego, Ore.) and defensive counterpart Brandon Pili (NR/Portland, Ore.), are a pair of new targets emerging in the greater metro area and could be …

Expect Changes With Oregon Football Recruiting in Next Six Months

Jason Fowler Recruiting 9 Comments

Nearing the halfway mark of the 2017 recruiting class in September, the Oregon Ducks have managed to collect roughly half of the expected prospects to sign in February. Just because Oregon has 11 current verbal commitments to date, don’t expect those same 11 to be intact through the letter of intent day. As recruiting goes, there are bound to be …

Oregon Football Still Has Something to Prove After Its Best Recruiting Month

Jason Fowler Recruiting 10 Comments

Out of nowhere, Oregon Ducks football hit the month of June with a collection of recruits like it’s never seen before. The typical football recruiting cycle at Oregon starts off slow, adds a few players throughout fall and the football season and then closes hard the last month until signing day in February. This year, the Ducks found a new …

Recruiting Update: Murphy the Next Great Drop-End?

Mark Flores Recruiting 1 Comment

Before I begin … I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Big Fish himself, Charles Fischer. Without going into much detail, there are big changes coming to FishDuck.com. Almost four years ago, I approached Charles about writing about my beloved Ducks. He had a recruiting slot open, gave me a shot, and through some fine tinkering, “Recruiting Update Wednesdays” have …

A Recruiting Diamond in Oregon’s Backyard: Justin Herbert

Coach Morris Coach's Opinion 4 Comments

The Grizzled Ol’ Coach, Mike Morris, has made a number of correct predictions about the Oregon football team and many of their players in our “Skull Sessions” at the FishDuck.com ManCave. It was he, who in June, explained the special skills of Vernon Adams that I wrote about this summer and we now see and analyze. The coach was talking about the following …