Oregon Football: Coach Helfrich's Biggest National Signing Day Battles

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Oregon Football: Coach Helfrich's Biggest National Signing Day Battles
Brian Davies/Associated Press
Mark Helfrich was named Oregon's head coach just weeks before signing day in 2013.

Former Oregon head coach Chip Kelly left the college ranks for the NFL after guiding the Ducks to a second straight BCS bowl win in 2012. While losing Kelly in January made things tough on Oregon, he didn't leave the Ducks empty handed.

The Ducks had a young and talented roster and a solid recruiting class on the way. Still, the late decision by Kelly left his replacement, Mark Helfrich, in a tough spot.

Not only did he need to adjust to being a head coach for the first time, he needed to close the recruiting class by keeping Oregon's commits, while searching for other options.

All things considered, Helfrich did a fine job of holding things together and adding a couple of key pieces to the 2013 class.

A year later, Helfrich is about to put the finishing touches on his first full recruiting class as the Oregon head coach. In order to do so in style, Helfrich has to finish strong and go head-to-head with some national powers to land the last important pieces to the Ducks' 2014 class.

The Ducks are currently sitting at 17 commits and could add up to five or six more if they land all of their targets.

Here are five names to keep an eye on as signing day approaches. Each one is considering Oregon, along with other top programs from around the country, most of which are much closer to their respective homes.

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