Oregon Ducks 2014 National Signing Day Wish List

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Oregon Ducks 2014 National Signing Day Wish List
Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

The Oregon Ducks currently have 17 players in their 2014 recruiting class, including three junior college transfers and an early enrollee from high school who are already on campus.

With attrition due to graduation and early entries for the NFL draft, the Ducks are likely to raise that number to 21 or 22 by national signing day.

Mark Helfrich took over for Chip Kelly as head coach at Oregon just weeks before national signing day in 2013 and finished the class off nicely by losing just one commit after Kelly's departure.

The 2014 class will be the first full recruiting class for Helfrich, who has had some coaching turnover to deal with in his first offseason. Despite the changes to his staff, Helfrich has helped the program continue to recruit to the standards that Kelly set during his tenure.

The Ducks have their usual mix of talented skill-position players, mobile offensive linemen and versatile athletes capable of playing on both sides of the ball. However, like Kelly, Helfrich has not been able to sign a prototypical, run-stopping defensive tackle to clog up the middle.

The Ducks do have a commitment from Jalen Jelks, but at 6'7" and 255 pounds, the 3-star defensive tackle, per 247Sports, is more of a hybrid who can play on the outside.

It is unclear why the Ducks seemingly wait until the final few weeks of the recruiting cycle each year to offer the type of tackles who could help them overcome their struggles against powerful offensive lines like Stanford's.

Whatever the reason, the Ducks are at it again, having offered four defensive tackles scholarships since mid-December. Defensive tackle remains the biggest need, but adding an elite athlete who is capable of being a star on offense or defense would be a huge boost to the Ducks' class, which is already ranked No. 15 in the 247Sports Recruiting Team Rankings.

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