The Oregon Ducks may have all of the flashiest jerseys and merchandise in the world, but the recent chaos that has ensued for the Ducks has been anything but impressive. In my mind, Chip Kelly leaving is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of subpar recruiting this winter.
Kelly swore up and down that his NFL dreams were just that and his heart remained with the Ducks, but the coach obviously had a change of heart and thus crippled the programs ability to recruit for at least one offseason.
New head coach Mark Helfrich inherits a nearly two year long investigation that includes the school allegedly violating NCAAF rules of recruiting from as far back as 2010. Helfrich will be making the move from offensive coordinator to head coach for the first time in his career, so the growing pains will definitely be evident this fall.
While the Northwest may seem like a great place to play, recruits are starting to see the Pac 12 get more and more competitive and are beginning to shy away from the Ducks.
The team has already been heartbroken as the Ohio State Buckeyes swopped in and grabbed four star recruit running back Dontre Wilson from the Ducks’ beak on Tuesday. Wilson was a key part to this recruiting class and him moving to the Midwest has to strike some fear into a fanbase that has grown by the thousands in recent seasons.
Helfrich will have a tough time in his first season no matter what, however. Without top-notch recruits, the trek to a Pac 12 title will be even more difficult.