Chip Kelly will be the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles next year, which means he will not be with the Oregon Ducks next year. With signing day less than a month away, Kelly has really left Oregon in a tight spot and the Ducks will suffer because of it. Will they be able to preserve their recruiting class? I think not, not completely anyway.
“Last year it started to hurt a little when he was dealing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers job, and it just got worse this year,” Rivals analyst Mike Farrell said. “I don’t think the assistants would admit it, but I think that everyone was laying low on the recruiting front because they didn’t have the answers.”
The timing of Kelly’s decision could not have been worse for the Ducks and the recruiting world is just waiting for the first shoe to drop. The Ducks’ offense will try to keep it going next year, but they will no doubt suffer some growing pains without their leader next year.
“Now that Chip has left, it will be interesting to see if kids buy back in or wait and see. The uniforms and the facilities are things that kids look at as bonuses, but that offense is a place to showcase ability, and Oregon will need to prove it can still be that place.”
DeSoto (Texas) running back Dontre Wilson might be the first recruit to change his mind. He is still committed to the Ducks for the moment, but coaches are heavily recruiting the four-star RB. I believe Wilson will be the first, but not the last to de-commit from the Ducks.