The Oregon football program has come a long ways. Duck fans remember when sporadically they would wrestle away an elite recruit from USC or UCLA in Southern California, and the guy would come into Eugene and start immediately. Rich Brooks and his staff in the 1970s and 1980s do not get enough credit for all the hard work, the long hours waiting at airports, before days of Rivals and Scout and the proliferation of national recruiting websites that make recruiting much easier for coaches.
Times have changed in Eugene.
The Ducks are now bringing in 5 star recruits, 4 star recruits, and guess what? Some of those guys are red-shirting. How drastically have times changed at the Casanova Center?
Think not so much of this article as an early Christmas wish list for Chip Kelly’s staff. These are 5 guys on the radar that Oregon can get. There are some guys out there I was close to putting on this list (Nelson Afholor, a consensus five star “athlete” out of Tampa, FL and Eddie Goldman out of Washington D.C. who’s a consensus top 5 defensive lineman in the country) but these five are guys who the Ducks really have a legitimate shot at landing.
Far too many times Oregon fans have gotten their hopes up for the likes of Tajh Boyd (now Clemson’s starting quarterback) who had Oregon in his final three, Marcus Lattimore (now South Carolina’s star running back who had Oregon in his final three), and Terrell Pryor (ok, don’t laugh because we all know how that worked out but he did have Oregon in his final three). Oregon will land a big time recruit in the near future who resides in the Eastern Time zone, but these guys on this list are all reasonable future signees.
Chip Kelly is brilliant in tailoring his offensive schemes to the talents he has on his roster. This list is heavy on the guys in the trenches. Championships are won up front at the line of scrimmage. If Oregon can begin to attract elite level talent on the lines, they’ll inch closer to where they want to be: among college football’s elite.