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The Past 48 hours: Major moves in Oregon football recruiting

The Past 48 hours: Major moves in Oregon football recruiting

In the last two days, there has been major moves made in Oregon football recruiting that impacts next season and beyond. Does the good outweigh the bad? I don’t think so, but you decide.

GOOD: Two future offensive weapons demonstrate devotion and enthusiasm.

2019 four-star wide receiver plans to enroll early and get to work: Mycah Pittman, four-star recruit by 247 sports, plans on enrolling early at Oregon and going through football spring drills with hopes to compete as soon as possible at the college level.

The 5-foot-11, 195-pound receiver chose Oregon in July over offers from Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Texas, Texas A&M, USC and Washington.

2021 prospect, nation’s No. 2 running back, re-commits to Oregon: After decomitting in September, Seven McGee, has decided to commit again to the Ducks.

https://twitter.com/McgeeSeven/status/1067298553444356097

The 5-foot-9, 175-pound athlete is rated by 247Sports as the No. 2 running back and No. 51 overall prospect in the 2021 class. He has been recruited to Oregon as a running back but has desires to also play in the slot.

 

BAD: Two four-star defensive athletes decommit from Oregon in two days.

2019 four-star defensive back Jeremiah Criddell decommits from Oregon: The Mater Dei High School defensive back announced he was opening up his recruiting process on Twitter on Wednesday. The 6-foot, 188-pound prospect was the highest-rated safety to commit to Oregon in program history, ranked by ESPN as nation's No. 4 athlete.

2019 four-star linebacker Jared Casey decommits from Oregon: The 6-foot-2, 225-pound outside linebacker is from Louisville, Kentucky. According to Rivals, Casey decommited from Oregon after an in-home visit with Kentucky Wildcats coaches.

What this means: Oregon’s 2019 recruiting class currently has 20 commits and dropped three spots to No. 7 in the 247Sports Composite rankings.

The Ducks have three 2019 defensive back commits; three-star safety Lanett Trikweze Bridges, four-star cornerback Elijah Blades and four-star cornerback Mykael Wright.

At linebacker, Oregon has two 2019 commits; Under Armour All-American Ge'Mon Eaford and four-star Mase Funa, the highest-rated linebacker commit in UO history.

Will Oregon finish with a top 10 recruiting class? Stay tuned, as college football's early signing period is three weeks away! Recruits can finalize national letters of intent from Dec. 19-21 or wait until the traditional signing day on Feb. 6.

31 Greatest NCAAF Players in PNW history: No.1 – Marcus Mariota

31 Greatest NCAAF Players in PNW history: No.1 – Marcus Mariota

There can only be one, and that one is Marcus Mariota. Mariota was just a three-star recruit coming out of St.Louis School in Honolulu, Hawaii, and Oregon was one of just two schools to offer him a scholarship. Oregon saw something in him early on, but even they didn’t realize just how good Mariota would become.

Mariota started for the Ducks from 2012-2014, leading Oregon to a 36-5 record over that span, including going 3-1 in bowl games - the lone loss coming to Ohio State in the 2015 National Championship Game.

When Mariota left Oregon he held nearly every imaginable record a quarterback could, including:

  • Career Passing Yards – 10,796
  • Single-Season Passing Yards – 4,454
  • Career Passing Touchdown – 105
  • Single-Season Passing Touchdowns – 42
  • Career Total Offense – 13,033
  • Single-Season Total Offense – 5,224
  • Career Total Touchdowns – 134
  • Single-Season Total Touchdowns – 57
  • Total Touchdowns in a Single Game – 7

 

Not only did he fill up the record books, he filled out his trophy case. In 2014 Mariota was the AP Player of the Year, Walter Camp Player of the Year, Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year, and a Consensus All-American. He was awarded the Davey O’Brien Award, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, Manning Award, and Maxwell Award. To top it all of he won the 2014 Heisman Memorial Trophy, become the first Oregon Duck, and the first Hawaiian-born athlete to win the award.

 

Mariota was selected No.2 overall by the Tennessee Titans in the 2015 NFL Draft, and is currently the team’s starting quarterback. In his young NFL career his has passed for 9,476 yards and 58 touchdowns.

 

The Ducks found a gem in Oahu and he forever changed the Oregon program.

Former Oregon head coaches reunited? Chip Kelly has reportedly offered Mark Helfrich UCLA's OC job

Former Oregon head coaches reunited? Chip Kelly has reportedly offered Mark Helfrich UCLA's OC job

Former Oregon head coach and current Fox Sports college football analyst, Mark Helfrich, has been linked to multiple open coaching positions according to reports, including an offer by Chip Kelly to be UCLA's offensive coordinator.

FootballScoop is reporting that Chip Kelly has offered UCLA's offensive coordinator role to Mark Helfrich. Two former Oregon coaches in blue and gold?

Also, after Arizona fired its head coach Rich Rodriguez, Helfrich's name was linked to the now open Wildcat job.

Last but not least, he is also rumored to be an addition to the staff at Texas.

Last year, Helfrich was fired from Oregon after a 4-8 season. Oregon is still paying Helfrich's buyout for another two years. The Ducks owe 3.5 million for 2018 and 3.85 million for 2018, adding up to a total of $7.35 million.  Will update this story as more develops. 

Report: Oregon QB Terry Wilson to transfer

Report: Oregon QB Terry Wilson to transfer

Redshirt freshman Oregon quarterback Terry Wilson intends to transfer and has informed head coach Willie Taggart, a source has confirmed to CSNNW on Friday. The new was first reported by The Oregonian/OregonLive

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Wilson was rated a 3-star dual threat quarterback out of Del City, Oklahoma. He enrolled early at Oregon in time for spring practices a year ago.  

Oregon head coach Willie Taggart has repeatedly stated that the quarterback competition is open, but it is going to take a lot for anyone to beat out sophomore Justin Herbert, who appeared to be a budding superstar last season. 

Wilson was one of four young quarterbacks competing for UO's starting job against Herbert, redshirt sophomore Travis Jonsen and freshman Braxton Burmeister. 

Wilson was No. 2 on Taggart's fluid depth chart during the first week of spring practice but was bumped to third by Travis Jonsen in week two.  

Ducks to open three spring football practices to the public, one in Portland

Ducks to open three spring football practices to the public, one in Portland

Friday marks the first opportunity for fans to get a look at the Ducks under new head coach Willie Taggart.

EUGENE – Fans will be afforded a closer glimpse inside the new era of Oregon football under head coach Willie Taggart with the announcement that three of the program’s 14 practices prior to the April 29 Spring Game will be open to the general public as the Ducks open off-season workouts on Wednesday, April 5.

Practices in Eugene will be open to the public Friday, April 7, and Saturday, April 8, at Kilkenny Field to the west of the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex, while the Ducks will take their April 15 workout on the road to Portland’s Jesuit High School.

This Friday’s workout is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m., with Saturday slated to start at 2:30 p.m. The April 15 practice in Portland will run from 2:30-4 p.m., with parking available in the Cronin Field’s East Lot at the intersection of S.W. Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway and S.W. White Pine Lane.

For the open practices in Eugene, spectators are asked to park in the Autzen Stadium East Lot and enter the facility via the southeast ramp near the Moshofsky Center parking lot. Gates will open this weekend at 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., respectively. Fans will be asked to observe practice from the north sideline only, with cameras not allowed into the facility by the general public.

No food and/or beverages will be allowed into the practice facility. Restroom facilities will be available in the Moshofsky Center across from the Duck Store.

Admittance to the open practices will be on a first-come basis, with the number of spectators limited to once the capacity has been reached. In the event that weather forces the team to practice inside the Moshofsky Center, the open-practice status may be amended to be rescheduled another day.

The Ducks will conclude their off-season workouts with the annual Spring Game on April 29, beginning at 11 a.m. in Autzen Stadium.

Kani Benoit, running back and fisherman? The DuckSquad Podcast

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Kani Benoit, running back and fisherman? The DuckSquad Podcast

The DuckSquad podcast dives into:

-Will Colorado Quarterback Sefo Liufau will miss Saturday's game with an ankle injury?
-Kani Benoit, running back and surprising fisherman, refuses to be on the team that ends the Ducks' winning streak against Washington
-Will Oregon's offensive line struggle without left tackle Tyrell Crosby?

 

DuckSquad Podcast with special guest Jalen Jelks

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DuckSquad Podcast with special guest Jalen Jelks

The DuckSquad podcast dives into:
-Does Mike Riley (former Oregon State head coach, current Nebraska head coach) have revenge on his mind vs. Oregon?
-Get to know Oregon's defensive player of the week, Jalen Jelks
-Is Tony Brooks James another LaMichael James in the making? (as LMJ tweeted)
- What Oregon has to do to get the victory over Nebraska
And much more!