The Oregon football brand has undergone a massive overhaul in the last ten years in the college football landscape. They have become an instant powerhouse and national brand in a relatively short time period.
That kind of allure has extended to the recruiting world. Oregon is not only a pacific regional juggernaut, it has extended its reach to other areas such as the southeast and Texas. Another region is beginning to surface as a spot that the Ducks are capitalizing on.
Kansas City, and more exclusively the Missouri/Kansas part of the country is not known for a ton of depth in regards to football prospects, but the top 5-7 prospects in Missouri, and top 3 in Kansas are generally worth chasing. Oregon has noticed that and how the region is largely unnoticed.
It's began in the 2015 class after the Ducks already secured a commitment from four-star Columbia (MO) Rock Bridge wideout Alex Ofodile. They may not be finished in the area, either. Oregon is a finalist for three-star athlete Marquise Doherty, whom Mark Helfrich and company are pursuing as a defensive back.
Doherty has a final five list of schools that includes Louisville, Iowa, Kansas State, Missouri, along with the Ducks. They host the Winnetonka product on an official visit in November, and could lock his services up then.
It won't end with the 2015 class as they have already begun to make their presence felt with many of the region's top juniors. Rockhurst's running back A.J. Taylor and offensive lineman Brendan McConnell, Hannibal offensive lineman Dylan Powell, Republic linebacker Darion Hall, Rock Bridge tight end Hayden Johnson, and Chaminade Prep cornerback Roderick Campbell have all heard from the Duck staff already.
Offers could soon follow.
It isn't an effective strategy to recruit a region not ripe with several prospects, as it can lead to a misuse of resources that can be spent elsewhere more efficiently. That is not the case for Oregon, as they have already proven that they can find instant success in the area.
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