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I think the last part is key to legitimate the subject of the article. With Gerald Willis and Marlon Humphrey elite players from Alabama and Louisiana achieving that would be the biggest statement yet for Duck recruiting.
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Every year we keep saying, next year will be the year we explode and get a top class; but I truly believe 2014 will be that year, especially after we wreck Bama in the NC game in January.
My opinion on this is different. And I can do a piece on it but the main gist is, Oregon doesn't recruit in a manner to hit the southeast. Recruiting never stops in the SEC, ever. Oregon can make their mark felt down there if they really wanted. But their base philosophy would have to change.
Oregon is laid back and interacts with recruits that want to be Ducks, versus calling or messaging kids every day trying to talk them into it.
Every year, I mean every year Oregon is on the minds of a lot of great up and coming prospects, but with the way Oregon delays on offers and the laid back approach to recruiting, they will continue to mine California, Texas and parts of the midwest IMO.
I could pick up the phone right now and call the 2014 top 100 and 85 would say they love Oregon and want an offer, but that's doing a dis-service to you guys if I just start posting stories like that all day long.
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Justin, would it be fair to place Arizona and Hawaii just below California and Texas as rich veins which Oregon mines? The Ducks just seem to be very well received in all four of these states.
Yeah in February and March you hear so much about all these kids that are "high" on Oregon, and by the time Summer roles around its clear that just isn't how they operate. They don't cast a wide net, they aren't about "best player available", they are not interested in what the recruiting services rate players at, they are really looking for kids that will buy in. They have their own ways to determine whether a kid is worthy of an offer, but at the end of the day they are looking for a certain physical profile, a good team chemistry kid, and IMO most of all a hard worker. I think a lot of the vetting is to get down to the nitty gritty and find out who is going to put the work in to get better. There are 5 players in the country in a given year that will substantially impact the game as true freshman, so (again IMO) its about who will develop. That is a reflection of aptitude and effort. There are always going to be talent kids who want to be courted, but they don't fit the profile. I wouldnt say the two kids in question won't fit the Oregon profile, but just being talented does not earn you an offer around here.
I like how the coaches develop the underated guy also. It shows that we have good coaches but you cant downplay the importance of elite talent. Guys like Ngata, stewart, and DAT have single handedly won us games. No rose bowl win for Oregon with out DAT.
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