Oregon Recruiting, or How to Win Recruits and Influence Players

Graham Berry FishWrap, FishWrap Archive

As some of you may or may not know, the title refers to a formerly (currently?) popular book by Dale Carnegie that apparently taught more than 15 million people how to make friends. Unfortunately, Mr. Carnegie died before writing what would surely be his second most popular book: How to Win Recruits and Influence Players. As Duck fans know, winning recruiting battles, particularly …

Recruiting Revolution- Class of 2015 Continues to Impress

Alex Towne FishWrap, FishWrap Archive

National signing day is officially over, but the Ducks appear to be just getting started.  You may have noticed the Ducks getting a steady influx of beastly recruits over the past few months, both on the gridiron and the hardwood.  Your eyes do not deceive you.  Oregon has been racking up talent left and right along the way to the 14th …

Ducks Land First Five Star

David Koh FishWrap, FishWrap Archive

Oregon’s 2015 recruiting class just got its first five-star recruit, according to ESPN and Scout.com, and it didn’t even take a flipped prospect or a new commitment. Punahou School Defensive End and Oregon verbal commit Canton Kaumatule picked up his fifth star last Wednesday, making him officially the best prospect in the Ducks’ current class. Kaumatule’s physical tools were impossible to argue (the kid …

Just One More Recruit: Iman Marshall

Adam Kruse FishWrap, FishWrap Archive

One of the most amazing aspects about this year’s Oregon team has been their ability to overcome injuries. Lost to significant injuries this season have been starting left tackle Tyler Johnstone, starting right tackle Jake Fisher, primary backup offensive tackle Andre Yruretagoyena, starting wide receiver Bralan Addison, running back Thomas Tyner, starting tight end Pharoh Brown, All-American cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, …

Ohio State Preview: Recruiting to Performance

Adam Kruse Editorials

Looking ahead to Ohio State, the Ducks are obviously up against a solid team and a historic program. How did Coach Urban Meyer assemble this team? How did the pavement-pounding days on the recruiting trail translate into a title game experience? The rich history of Ohio State ranges from coaching great Woody Hayes to seven Heisman winners: Les Horvath (1944), Vic …

Scott’s Turf: Claiming Dignity

Scott Reed FishWrap, FishWrap Archive

Coming out of the closet. This is a trend in athletics that has caught many off guard, some not so much. One thing is for sure, though, that the announcements of high profile players that they are gay has stirred plenty of debate and commentary across the board. Some are for the announcements, some against. The more troubling trend, though, …

Scott’s Turf: Character Matters

Scott Reed FishWrap, FishWrap Archive

Over the past five recruiting classes, dating back to the 2009 recruiting class, Oregon leads the nation in an unregistered recruiting category – percentage of prospects signed that make it to campus. Contrast that with South Carolina, which will reportedly have eight players of 24 signed to this class who are not eligible. In Oregon’s case, this is not by some …

Scott’s Turf: Unofficial Destruction of Recruiting

Scott Reed FishWrap, FishWrap Archive

  “Inebriate of air am I, And debauchee of dew, Reeling, through endless summer days, From inns of molten blue.” This is the second stanza from Emily Dickinson’s “Poem # 214.” Often referred to by the first line of the first stanza, this poem delves into what provides happiness to the soul. The voice of the poem is drunk on …

Scott’s Turf: Is Mark Helfrich a Better Recruiter Than Chip Kelly?

Scott Reed FishWrap, FishWrap Archive

Is Mark Helfrich a better recruiter than Chip Kelly? That question has slowly crept into the minds of Duck recruiting fanatics as the early commitments have seemingly poured in over the last few weeks. Earlier this week, writing for Duck Sports Authority, I talked about the change in early commitments not being significantly different for the Ducks. At the time …

Oregon Football Recruiting Analysis: To Flip or Not To Flip

Jason Fowler FishWrap, FishWrap Archive

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 …

Duck Recruiting — Evaluate the Meal, Not the Ingredients

Nathan Roholt FishWrap, FishWrap Archive

Two of the signature days on the football calendar brought the season to a close last week.  The first was last Sunday in the form of the Super Bowl, sport’s biggest spectacle, but also one of the truest meritocracies; the team that executes better on the field wins, and does so by presumably having the best combination of player talent …