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Kelly announces 2012 class

Oregon head coach Chip Kelly spoke with the media to discuss his 2012 recruiting class for the football program Wednesday morning.

“We received our letters of intent from 21 student athletes. They’ve all been confirmed through compliance and gone through the right way,” said Kelly.

“This is the group we are anticipating signing. I think it’s a good group for what we are looking for.

Oregon still has a few scholarships available according to the head coach and could add one or two more recruits to the 2012 class if needed but Kelly stated he was unsure if that would happen.

2012 three-star athlete Bryan Harper is still yet to announce a school and is down to Arizona and Oregon. He will be announcing later today. Three-star receiver Julian Brooks was offered Tuesday night and has scheduled an official visit to Oregon this weekend.

“There’s athleticism across the board I think that’s what we strive for,” continued Kelly when talking about the recruiting class. “[We] addressed the line of needs of our program, in terms of certain positions, specific things.”

Oregon signed 21 athletes on Wednesday stretching across 10 different states from Hawaii to Virginia. Oregon added eight recruits on offense, 10 on defense, one on special teams, and then added two athletes who’s position is still up in the air at Oregon.

“We needed some young quarterbacks to come into the program,” said Kelly. “Some young tight ends to come into the program, with David Paulson leaving and Brandon Williams being gone. We addressed what we needed in the D-line. We brought in a punter, with Jackson right becoming a senior. Dylan has the opportunity to redshirt, he has a redshirt year available. If we can groom him to not have to play next year that’s our game plan with Dylan. Than we brought in some athletes that I think will add to our explosiveness on both sides of the ball and really got a good group.”

Kelly cited defensive back coach John Neal who earlier today was named one of’s top 50 recruiters of the year for his success in bringing in a very good group of defensive backs.

“I think John Neal did a great job in terms of what we are bringing in from a secondary standpoint,” added Kelly.

Oregon also lost maybe their best player last season in LaMichael James and Kelly said they got the top running back they wanted in the 2012 class in 5-foot-11 195 pound Byron Marshall out of San Jose, CA and Valley Christian high school.

“We believe we addressed our running back need with LaMichael [James] going out and Byron Marshall coming in,” said Kelly.

The 2012 Recruiting Class

Bralon Addison ATH 5-foot-10 185 Missouri City, TX/Fort Bend Hightower
Chance Allen WR 6-foot-3 191 pounds Missouri City, TX/Fort Bend Elkins
Eric Amoako DB 5-foot-11 195 Arlington, TX/Martin
Stehpen Amoako DB 6-foot-0 190 Arlington, TX/Martin
Arik Armstead DL 6-foot-8 280 Elk Grove, CA/Pleasant Grove
Dylan Auscherman P 6-foot-3 180 JC Visalia, CA/College of the Sequoias
Brett Bafaro LB 6-foot-2 220 Hillsboro, OR/Liberty
Stetzon Bair DL 6-foot-9 265 JC St. Anthony, ID/Iowa Western CC
Alex Balducci DL 6-foot-4 262 Portland, OR/Central Catholic
Evan Baylis TE 6-foot-5 225 Aurora, CO/Grandview
Pharaoh Brown TE 6-foot-6 220 Lyndhurst, OH/Brush
DeForest Buckner DL 6-foot-7 230 Honolulu, HI/Punahou
Cody Carriger DL 6-foot-6 230 Butte, MT/Butte
Terrence Daniel ATH 6-foot-6 230 Oakland, CA/Bishop O’Dowd
Reggie Daniels DB 6-foot-1 195 Chandler, AZ/Hamilton
Oshay Dunmore ATH 6-foot-2 195 Newport, OR/Newport
Jeff Lockie QB 6-foot-2 177 Danville, CA/Monte Vista
Kyle Long OL 6-foot-7 308 JC Charlottesville, VA/Saddleback CC
Byron Marshall RB 5-foot-10 195 San Jose, CA/Valley Christian
Jake Rodrigues QB 6-foot-3 210 Rocklin, CA/Whitney
Dwayne Stanford WR 6-foot-5 185 Cincinnati, OH/Taft

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