The future is being written, or at least unveiled this morning at the Army All-American Bowl, broadcast this morning at 11 a.m. Pacific time on NBC.
Oregon target Frank Iheanacho, a 6-7, 220-lb. WR/TE from Houston, Texas, announces his verbal commit in the third quarter. Future Ducks Budda Baker, Royce Freeman, Jalen Brown and Tanner Crew play in the game, as do Oregon targets like 6-1, 300-lb. defensive tackle Trey Lealaimatafao and RB/WR Miles Autry. (Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports).
The Semper Fidelis Bowl is on Sunday on Fox Sports 1, and that one features some key Oregon targets like defensive back Mattrell McGraw, linebacker Jimmie Swain and offensive lineman Nick Gates. Future Ducks in the game are offensive lineman Tyrell Crosby and running back Tony James.
Terrence Mitchell has announced his decision to enter the NFL draft. Around the conference, the biggest losses to early entry include Marqise Lee of USC, Bishop Sankey at Washington, and Brandin Cooks and Scott Crichton at Oregon State. Kadeem Carey is reportedly leaning toward coming out after receiving his draft evaluation. De'Anthony Thomas and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu still haven't announced. USC has been hit the hardest by early entry, losing Lee, center Marcus Martin, and safety Dion Bailey. Mackey Award winner Austin Sefarian-Jenkins is also gone at Washington.
One of the foundations of Stanford's success is their focus on academics. Fifth-year seniors have been an integral part of their leadership and cohesiveness as a football team.
It was a great week in college football as Nick Saban, Urban Meyer, Art Briles and Mike Gundy all lost in big games, and underdogs won three BCS bowls.
Charlie Strong looks like the number one candidate at Texas and may be announced soon as their new head coach.
The Ohio State Buckeyes are shopping for a new defensive coordinator, and one of the prospects on their top ten list is Oregon defensive backs coach John Neal. Neal may be the best fit for Oregon. He's intense and organized, and instills competitiveness in his players. Think about this: for the last 13 years, the most consistent and productive unit on the Oregon team has been the secondary. This year the Ducks placed two players on the Associated Press NFL All-Pro squad, and both are former Neal defensive backs, Jairus Byrd and T.J. Ward. I wrote a long article about the former UAB defensive coach for Duck Sports Authority this morning.
247sports has Trey listed at 6-0, 301. Just looking at him on the field, he's surely not 6-5. Either way, hope Ducks land him - he is active and just right for an NT/DT.
Looking forward to reading your John Neal article next, Dale. He could be exactly the right guy. Then get Todd Lyght back from the Eagles, where's he's an under-assistant.
So, this is what it means when people say there's no off season in football. Of course that has everything to do with how well your team is doing. Back in the mid-80's football season was barely relevant. Recruiting now fascinates me.
Since he's taken over, Helfrich's best performance probably was in rounding out last seasons commits. Lets hope teh same kind of production continues, and the Ducks big haul at the end continues. It seems like a lot of players that could really help the Ducks are showing interest, be great if they all pick up the Duck hat this weekend.
I have read a couple of negative comments about Terrance Mitchell not being ready for the pro's. Apparently the NFL report on him was not great but he dismissed that. Did Nick Aliotti recommend John Neal for DC? If so, we should listen to him.
fixed, thanks. Got him mixed up with another player, sorry. Agree with you about Lyght as a replacement for Neal.
Strongly agree that Helfrich's handling of the January recruiting push was one of his most decisive and effective moves as head coach. Watching closely for Jimmie Swain's announcement, which is pivotal.
I doubt all but a couple of good targets would do the trick especially on the defense side
Mitchell's draft evaluation was not strong, reportedly, but he feels strongly that scouts haven't paid enough attention to his film and he can succeed their expectations. Has had a great Oregon career, and all you can do is wish him well at this point. Jairus Byrd made a similar decision against similar odds, and has thrived.
Baker's intriguing as a defensive back, but the Oregon coaches are starting him on offense. A tough, talented football player.
That would be a great finish to this class, no doubt.