It's important to keep perspective as the faxes come in and Twitter goes over capacity. The players who come to Oregon and those who choose other opportunities all deserve good wishes and respect. Welcome the new Ducks, but welcome them with class and a mature viewpoint. The Webfoots went to the National Championship game a year ago. They did with five recruiting classes that averaged 24th in the country. Spencer Paysinger and Jeff Maehl were two of the stars of that team. Paysinger was a 2-star wide receiver when recruited, Maehl a 3-star cornerback.
• Rob Moseley reminds us today is only about the "fax" for Oregon football.
High school recruits can begin submitting signed letters of intent to college programs this morning, and the fax machine in the UO football offices is poised to spit out LOIs from 19 prep players, along with three junior college transfers, according to reports.
• Oregon got a verbal commitment from the #2 punting prospect in the nation in Dylan Ausherman.
• Aaron Fentress highlights the "tall group of recruits" who have given their verbals to Oregon.
• Ted Miller notes that Phil Steele has projected the Ducks as the number four team in the country when the initial AP top 10 is released later this year.
The Ducks have become a fixture among the nation’s elite under HC Chip Kelly with 3 straight BCS appearances and last year captured their first Rose Bowl win since 1916! While QB Darron Thomas and RB LaMichael James are gone, their replacements are plenty capable as QB Bryan Bennett and RB’s Kenjon Barner and De’Anthony Thomas return with some valuable game experience and the Ducks do not open with a marquee non-conference game like they did last year vs LSU.
• Rob Moseley has a couple of stories about LaMichael James and his preparation for the NFL combine.
• Aaron Fentress has another mini-profile for Oreon commit DT Stetzon Bair who hopes to follow in his brother's footsteps.
Fans should prepare to do a double take, or two. Bair is the younger brother of former UO standout defensive tackle Brandon Bair, now with Kansas City of the NFL. Brandon Bair stood 6-7, 272 as a member of the 2010 Ducks who reached the BCS National Championship Game deserves partial credit for his younger brother following in his footsteps.