Friday, February 03, 2012
Duck Stuff: Morning Mud
• Adam Jude details the recruiting process when Chip Kelly was confronted with "the elephant in the room" and supplied the video from CK's Wednesday press conference.
“He explained how it went down, the negotiations and all that,” Armstead said. “Coaches, just like players, they get recruited. He’s probably going to be recruited every year he’s successful.
“I’d rather play for a coach like that than a coach that’s mediocre and nobody wants. The other (assistant) coaches have been there 30 years, 20 years. I’m confident the program will still be the same even if Chip Kelly did decide to leave.”
• George Schroeder delves into the same subject regarding Kelly's flirtation with the NFL.
• John Canzano does a nice job with his story on Oregon recruit Oshay Dunmore who has a recruiting tale worth telling.
He's 17, and I wish I could take the kid on a nationwide speaking tour this weekend, telling everyone how a football player from a small high school on the Oregon coast -- senior class 160 -- can rule the world. Except, I can't. Newport High has its Winter Ball this weekend, so the tour must wait.
Here's hoping I meet more kids just like him next recruiting season.
• The Sporting News ranked the Oregon recruiting class at number four in the Pac-12.
• Ted Miller wonders if the Pac-12 recruiting needs were met and here is what he had to say about Oregon's efforts.
Arik Armstead headlines a diverse class that, as expected, is heavy on speed and addresses depth across the board. Next to duct tape, few things are quick fixes than a juco kicker.
• Dale Newton says the speed, versatility and athleticism add depth and intrigue to the 2012 recruiting class.
Recruiting sites try to project 18-year-old high school students three years into the future. They do a good job, but it's far from an exact science.
Versatile athletes create extra depth on the roster, and sometimes a player can develop into a surprising star in an unexpected place.
Posted by Mike Wines at 4:43 AM