FishDuck Recruiting: 2015 ShrineDog Awards

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Last year I introduced the ShrineDog Awards to the FishDuck public in an article here. This year, the ShrineDog is back with fresh faces that will make you laugh, cry, or simply scratch your head. Each year I look at the recruiting classes after all letters of intent have been faxed in to their designated universities. Most of the time, each school …

Oregon in the Driver’s Seat to Land 2016 Top Recruit

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Just a few short days after landing four star WR Theo Howard, Oregon appears to be the front-runner to land five star recruit Brandon Jones. The safety from Nacogdoches, TX is the No. 14 ranked recruit on ESPN’s top 300 list, and is the top ranked safety in the class of 2016. Yesterday, after receiving the official offer from the …

Secret to Oregon’s Recruiting Success Revealed

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Disclaimer: I do not have any inside knowledge concerning Oregon’s recruiting philosophy or tactics. This is merely one man’s educated take on how and why the Ducks’ performance on the football field consistently outperforms the rankings of its recruiting classes. Having gone through the recruiting process myself (admittedly at the Division II and III level), and having played with and …

Oregon Football Recruiting Analysis: Evaluating the Class of 2015

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If you are looking on the Parade All-America Team for members of the newest class of Oregon Ducks, you will not find a single name representing the Ducks on the list.  However, Oregon still signed a class that ranks in the top 20 nationally. Head coach Mark Helfrich knows where the needs of the team will be in the near future …

Oregon Football Is Making Recruiting Easier

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Recruiting at the University of Oregon has not always been a snap when it comes to getting the elite high school players in the country. The Ducks’ consistency in winning has been an effective recruiting tool; however, winning a first national title would help eliminate any doubt about how good Oregon really is. Oregon is making a name for itself …

Oregon’s No. 2 Ranking … and What It Means For Recruiting

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It’s still too early in the college football season to know the future of the Ducks, but all the same, it’s exciting they have a chance to be in the top four reaching the playoffs each week. But for Oregon, that isn’t the only thing to look forward to, and the increasingly positive rankings could have even better side-effects. This …

Oregon Football Recruiting Analysis: Who is Knocking on Oregon’s Door?

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While the 2014 college football season has just begun, this time also marks the second half of the recruiting season. This is the time of year that recruiting really heats up and high school seniors take their official visits to schools of interest. Oregon historically does its best recruiting during the football season after having its best recruiting preseason ever. So, …

Oregon Football Recruiting Analysis: How Does Autonomy Change the Recruiting Game?

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A widespread change might be in place for football. The National Collegiate Athletic Association recently voted in favor of giving the five “power conferences” autonomy, to allow the student-athletes to participate in governing the entity they are bound in playing for at a Division I university. If sustained by the end of October, 2014, how will this affect the recruiting …

Oregon Football Recruiting Analysis: Best Recruiting Class Yet?

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It was brought to my attention when cornerback James Locke and quarterback Travis Waller both committed to Oregon on July 1 of this year, that the Ducks reached a new recruiting standard. Recent history has proven that Oregon has not been really aggressive with getting verbal commitments early in the recruiting process. Going back as far as 2002 and probably …

Oregon Football Recruiting Analysis: To Flip or Not To Flip

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Oregon wants just one quarterback for the 2015 class and Notre Dame should be worried. After visiting Eugene several days ago, the long time Notre Dame commit, Blake Barnett, may have second thoughts about the Fighting Irish. Almost immediately, Barnett opened his recruiting up by de-committing from Notre Dame and listing his top two schools of interest as Alabama and …

Oregon Football Recruiting Analysis: Grading the Class

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National LOI signing day is a lot like Christmas for those of us who follow recruiting. A few of us have rich parents and expect the world, while others come from blue collar families.  All of us wake up early and wait in agony for mom and dad to come downstairs so that we can start opening presents.  Sometimes, we …

Oregon Football Recruiting Analysis: Wild Week Awaits

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With less than a week left before national signing day, there are plenty of questions surrounding Oregon’s 2014 recruiting class.  The only guarantee is that the next seven days will be eventful, one way or another.  There are also seven names to keep an eye on during that time:  DT Trey Lealaimatafao, DT Rika Levi, DT Ratu Mafileo, S Matrell …