Oregon Football Recruiting Reminder: Ducks' Mariota Was a 3-Star Recruit

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Oregon Football Recruiting Reminder: Ducks' Mariota Was a 3-Star Recruit
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With just a few days to go until recruiting's national signing day, Oregon football fans are at a fever pitch to learn who the newest Oregon Ducks will be. But, recruiting is an art, not a science, and it's important to keep your perspective on the whole process.

If your dream five-star prospect lets you down (talkin' to you, Vernon Hargreaves III and Eddie Vanderdoes), how will you console yourself? Try this tweet from Oregon Assistant AD Andy McNamara:

It's true: Oregon's fabulous young quarterback Marcus Mariota was only a 3-star (you should click on this link to Mariota's Rivals.com profile, if for no other reason than to check out his hairdo) prospect coming out of St. Louis High School in Honolulu, Hawaii.

In his first season as the Oregon starting quarterback, all Mariota did was lead his team to a 12-1 record and a convincing BCS Fiesta Bowl win (35-17).

Feel better now? Here are some other recruiting factors for you to consider as you work yourself into a frenzy prior to Feb. 6.

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