Oregon Football: 5 Recruits Most Likely to Bolt After Chip Kelly's Departure
The recent departure of Oregon Ducks head coach Chip Kelly has caused a variety of different reactions. There are those who think the program's run is over while others think the newly hired Mark Helfrich won't miss a beat.
But the most important reaction will come from Oregon's recruits, who now have an important decision to make just several weeks before signing day.
Will they keep their pledges and buy into Mark Helfrich? Or is the loss of Kelly causing them to think twice about where they'd like to play football?
This is a very fluid situation, and it's tough to judge how things will play out. Oregon may end up keeping the class intact while adding several other recruits, or there could be an exodus of top talent.
As of right now, here are the five recruits who are most likely to decommit in the wake of Kelly leaving for the NFL.
1. Tyree Robinson
Tyree Robinson is one of Oregon's top recruits, and he's listed as the No. 272 player in the ESPN300.
His profile categorizes him as a wide receiver, but you can expect him to play defense wherever he ends up. If that's with Oregon, he'll likely end up playing safety.
The reason Robinson makes this list is partly because he's coveted by many other top programs. Anytime a head coach leaves in the middle of recruiting season, other teams are likely to come calling, especially for talented prospects like Robinson.
Both he and his brother (who we'll get to in a moment) are scheduled to take three trips to see what other schools have to offer (per ohiostate.scout.com). You have to think that an offer from Urban Meyer, who appears to be building something special in Columbus, will be tantalizing at the very least.
2. Tyrell Robinson
If Tyree ends up leaving, it would pretty much guarantee a decommitment from his brother Tyrell as well.
The two are a package deal, which could be both a good and bad thing for Oregon.
On one hand, they'll need to agree on the same school should one of them want to switch his pledge. But then there's the fact that if one leaves, the other will follow.
Tyrell Robinson is pretty much the same player as his brother except he is a little heavier at 210 lbs. He could look a lot like former Duck Eddie Pleasant, who started out at linebacker before moving to safety.
With defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti remaning on staff, the chances increase that Oregon will be able to secure both Robinsons. But don't be surprised if they bolt for a school like Ohio State before signing day arrives.
3. Darren Carrington
ESPN has Darren Carrington listed as the No. 54 wide receiver in the country, but don't let that number fool you.
The 6'3", 184 lb. player has both the size and hands to be a playmaker immediately. He was called a fast-rising recruit all the way back in May, but Oregon secured his commitment over the summer.
What does this all mean? Again, perhaps not much at all. But the fact that he's looking around is enough to place him on this list. Losing him would be a blow to the future of the receiver position, and the Wildcats certainly look attractive with young guys like Austin Hill making a splash this past season.
A lot will be revealed in the next week or so as recruits react to the Helfrich hiring, and we should find out where Carrington's heart is in the coming days.
4. Danny Mattingly
Danny Mattingly is one of the Ducks' more intriguing prospects because of the size and versatility he brings to the football field.
At 6'5", 218 lbs., he'll have the ability to play a variety of positions, from tight end to linebacker and even drop-end, a la Dion Jordan.
With D-line coach Jerry Azzinaro leaving with Kelly to the NFL, Mattingly may reconsider where he wants to go to school. He has offers from a host of major programs, including Notre Dame (where he was originally committed), Oklahoma, Washington, UCLA and Miami.
There hasn't been much chatter about Mattingly since Kelly left, but with a bunch of great teams breathing down his neck he clearly has a decision to make.
5. Dontre Wilson
He is listed as the No. 55 player in the ESPN150, and he could have a De'Anthony Thomas type of impact when he arrives. His elite quickness will give him a chance to play right away, and he's the envy of many programs.
After the Kelly news, Wilson confirmed that he was still committed to the team. But with several weeks left until signing day, anything could happen and ESPN reported that Wilson is still monitoring the situation closely.
The reason Wilson finds himself on this list is because he's sought after by just about every major program in the country. Ohio State, LSU, Oklahoma, Notre Dame and Texas A&M, among many others, would all love to see him on their respective campuses next fall.
Oregon's decision to hire Helfrich quickly should be a positive thing for most of the recruits, but in Wilson's case, it may take an in-home visit for him to feel completely assured that Eugene is the best destination for his talents.