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

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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 …

Recruiting Update: Kelley Donning Green?

Mark Flores Recruiting 8 Comments

News It’s taken around two weeks for Oregon’s top quarterback target, Ryan Kelley (4-Star/Chandler, Ariz./Rivals250) to break his silence following a visit to Eugene. It was worth the wait. “I liked everything about Oregon,” said Kelley. “The stadium, the tradition, the atmosphere and how the players all got along.” While only a junior, Kelley is a front runner in the …

Recruiting Strategy: Two Remaining Questions While We Wait

Nik Brownlee FishWrap, FishWrap Archive, Recruiting 5 Comments

Fall camp is underway, and things have slowed on the recruiting trail. The Oregon coaching staff is now focused on developing the current roster in preparation for the upcoming season. We know, however, the recruiting game never fully stops in college football. Just over a month ago, the Ducks picked up verbal commits from a pair of four-star athletes in linebacker LaMar Winston (Portland, …

Asking the Tough Questions About Oregon Football Recruiting

Jason Fowler FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 10 Comments

The best thing about recruiting is that concerns and questions tend to pop up throughout the entire year. My continued analysis of Oregon Duck football recruiting has me asking the tough questions as we begin the month of August. With the tremendous, early start to the 2016 recruiting class, the tough questions aren’t easy to find. With a class ranking …

Recruiting Update: Mid-Summer Haze

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News Not unlike the smoky horizon of the west coast, the ’15-’16 recruiting cycle has settled into a mid-summer haze, seeing several key story lines move into a holding pattern. While much has been made of Bryce Youngquist’s (4-Star/Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rivals250) recruitment rapport with Eugene, the vaunted linebacker has finally given himself a deadline to announce his commitment. This coming …

Oregon Football Recruiting Class of 2016 Will Break Into Top 10

Jason Fowler FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 2 Comments

This is the best start to a recruiting class that Oregon has had in its football history. The potential greatness of the class of 2016 is due not only to the number of highly touted athletes that have committed to the Ducks, but also to the total number of commitments before Independence Day. Twelve verbal commitments before July 4th is a record …

Oregon Football Recruiting Analysis: An Inside Look at Defensive Tackle

Jason Fowler FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 2 Comments

Finding an elite defensive tackle is difficult for most college programs. Most high-end prospects are found somewhere in the southeast region of the United States. Pulling one from the South to, say, Eugene, Oregon, is a significant challenge. Oregon rarely gets a serious look from elite tackle recruits, so when a blue-chipper mentions Oregon among his top ten schools, the fans get a …

Oregon Football Recruiting Analysis: Linebackers

Jason Fowler FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 1 Comment

The importance of linebackers is somewhat unnoticeable until the unit becomes inefficient. The 2015 recruiting class saw Oregon bring in three linebackers — one true freshman inside linebacker, Fotu Leiato (who may end up on the outside, or even at safety), and two junior college outside linebackers, Jonah Moi and Paris Bostick. Obviously, there will be a need for outside linebackers in two …

Why Oregon Football Will Continue to “Win the Day”

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What once used to be considered a “gimmick” has now turned into a dominant program. Ever since Mike Bellotti transitioned into an up-tempo spread offense team and then handed the reigns to Chip Kelly, the Oregon football program has since been in question. After making a Rose Bowl appearance in 2009 followed by a national championship game appearance in 2010, …

Oregon Football Recruiting Analysis: Make More Offers

Jason Fowler FishWrap, FishWrap Archive 10 Comments

Let’s get greedy! Oregon played for the national title and picked up a top-20 recruiting class in 2015. Now is the time to use that momentum to bring in a boatload of top prospects for the next recruiting cycle. Top 10 recruiting classes in the Helfrich era may start in 2016 and be similar to the 2011 top 10 class, which …