Found January 25, 2013 on
You can call Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer a lot of things, but make sure you call him one of the best recruiters in all of college football.
Meyer can smell blood in the water and with the departure of Chip Kelly from Oregon to the NFL, Meyer again is on the prowl.
The Oregonian is reporting that Meyer is definitely trying to poach recruits from what was already a so so class to begin with.
Meyer has the advantage of explaining to those recruits that Ohio State runs a similar if not the same offense as the Ducks do.
John Canzano is reporting that several recruits who may not have been on Ohio States radar or were but set on the Ducks now have visits set for Columbus.
Dontre Wilson, a 5-foot-10, 174-pound running back from Texas, committed to Oregon last spring. He now plans to visit Columbus this weekend. Meanwhile, Ohio State celebrated Kelly’s NFL announcement by rushing Buckeyes offensive coordinator Tom Herman to San Diego to visit four-star wide receiver DarrenCarrington Jr., another UO recruit. Also in San Diego, Ohio State offered two more critical Oregon commitments, twin basketball/football stars Tyree and Tyrell Robinson, scholarships after the Eagles-Kelly business went public.
New head coach Mark Helfrich hasn’t even had a chance to see what his new office looks like. Moments after being named new head coach, Helfrich and his staff set out on the road to visit every Ducks commit and ensure them things would stay the course.
Helfrich has assured recruits that the offense would only be tweaked, and that players such as De’Anthony Thomas would still be featured but in different facets of the game and not just at tailback.
Helfrich will have to ensure that there’s no drop-off with the players Kelly recruited, but then he has to make sure he can recruit the same quality of player as well.
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The Oregon Ducks knew who their next head coach was going to be even before Chip Kelly made his decision to leave. According to George Schroeder from USA Today Sports, the University of Oregon planned to promote offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich if Kelly spurned them for the NFL.
Sure enough, Kelly is gone, and Helfrich has become the new face of the team...
Now that the news has been out and circulating for a few days, let’s break down the Chip Kelly to Philadelphia move and how it affects the Washington Huskies, specifically.
There’s at least five reasons the Huskies benefit from his departure.
This one is obvious.
The Man in the Visor is no longer in Eugene, something all Husky fans should be happy about...
Chip Kelly is bringing a fast, fluid offense with him to Philadelphia, and with that comes the need for fast fluid players. Philly Mag is reporting that Kelly and Michigan qb/wr Denard Robinson had a nice long conversation at the Senior Bowl.
Kelly who recruited Robinson to Oregon has a soft spot for shoelace.
“I talked to Chip. I talked to him for a while,” said Robinson....
In Mark Helfrich, 39, Scott Frost 38, and Matt Lubick, 41, Oregon football has gained an infusion of youth and energy at the core of its leadership. It's already paying dividends with the recent commit of Devon Allen, strong interest by offensive lineman Cameron Hunt, and renewed enthusiasm from verbal commits Thomas Tyner and the Robinson twins.
Helfrich and his staff moved...
According to oregonlive.com, The Oregonian newspaper's website, Oregon wide receiver Josh Huff was found not guilty on Thursday afternoon of Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana charges.
Coaching dynamo Chip Kelly has left Oregon for the riches and allure of the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles. George Schroeder, college football columnist for USA Today, joins CBR managing editor Allen Kenney for a podcast to discuss Kelly's legacy and what's next for the Ducks.
George and Allen discuss:
*What made Kelly such a success in Eugene.
*Why Kelly left...
In the short time that offensive guru Chip Kelly was head coach at Oregon, his impact on the Ducks was staggering. With the help of Nike CEO Phil Knight's money, Kelly helped elevate UO from one of the country's better programs to one of its best.
Kelly has taken his talents to the NFL, leaving the Oregon job in the hands of offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich. Will Oregon...
The news came in the middle of the departure of Chip Kelly and the formal announcement of the promotion of Mark Helfrich; the defensive coordinator, once again, sandwiched and forgotten in-between two brilliant offensive minds, in a region and conference where offense rules. Last Thursday, Nick Aliotti, Oregon's perennially under-appreciated defensive coordinator, finally...
A lot of Philly fans are still banging the drum for Steve Spagnuolo to enter Chip Kelly's wheelhouse as defensive coordinator... Well, Spags is available--- but his street cred is currently in decline...
Some Eagles fans are intrigued about a possible reunion with Spags, the Jim Johnson protege.
As Jordan Raanan of New Jersey.com...
The Oregon Ducks notched the 18th win of the season and improved to 18-2 and 7-0 in the Pac-12 Conference race. eDuck.com subscribers followed the game in chat.
Four-star wide receiver Devon Allen out of Phoenix Brophy Prep is headed to Oregon.
Initially reported by Scout.com's Inna Lazarev, Allen, a dual-sport athlete in track and football, gave his verbal commitment to Oregon on Friday.
Allen is the first player to commit to the Ducks under new head coach Mark Helfrich, who was promoted from offensive...
On the premiere episode of the Oregon Sports News Hangout, host Arran Gimba is joined by The Slant podcast host Brad Stein and Oregon Sports News writer David Gillaspie. They discuss the Portland Trail Blazers, Chip Kelly to the NFL, the Oregon Ducks, and who will win the Super Bowl!
The Oregon Ducks extended the perfect conference win streak on Wednesday night by downing the Washington State Cougars 68-61. Subscribers to eDuck.com joined together in chat to follow the game and discuss what is going with football recruiting.