Duck Coaches Still on the Road

Just when you think football recruiting is just about over, something happens to remind all that recruiting is a year-round event. National Letter of Intent Day is just two weeks away on Feb. 5, but today several Oregon coaches were in Southern California visiting Narbonne High School in the Harbor City area of Los Angeles.

Head Coach Mark Helfrich, Offensive Line Coach Steve Greatwood and Defensive Coordinator Don Pellum stopped by Narbonne HS, and according the Narbonne Head Football Coach Manuel Douglas, the players were there to see Alex Akingbulu OT, Jamal Hicks FS, Lawson Hall OSLB, Sean Riley RB/SLOT, Shama Tapua OL, Cedric Byrd WR, Daniel Brown CB.

Akingbulu finished his junior season and is 6-6, 265 and is an offensive tackle. He presently has an offer from Michigan and is being recruited by UCLA, USC and Utah.

Hall, and outside linebacker, is 6-0, 190 is rated 3-stars by Scout.com for the class of 2016. He hold an offer from Colorado State.

Riley is a running back, 5-9, 165, is also a slot receiver hold an offer from Utah.

While contact can be made and offers extended to members of the 2016 class, National Letters of Intent can not be sent to the schools of the potential student-athlete's choosing until the first week of February, 3, 2016.

In an interview conducted in Dallas on Jan. 10, Greatwood outlined the kind of athlete the Ducks are looking for. According to Greatwood, the Ducks are seeking quality individuals who are willing to buy completely into what Oregon has to offer. While the Ducks have the best facilities in football, Greatwood emphasized players coming to Oregon must meet a standard.

"We still have to find the right kid," admitted Greatwood as to who the Ducks are after. "I think it's safe to say we can get interest from about any kid in the country, but we got to find the right kid. We have to be careful. Our biggest issue right now is choosing a kid that wants to come to this program because of what he can do to help this program and not what this program can do for him.

"We tell them we have the best for (them) but we're going to demand more than any other program in America too."

Oregon is fresh off a hugely successful football campaign last season, going 13-2, finishing up ranked No. 2 in the nation. The Ducks beat Florida State in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, but lost to Ohio State in the NCAA Championship game in Dallas on Jan. 12.

NLOI Day for this year is Feb. 5, however five members of the 2015 class have already enrolled in school including 5-star defensive lineman Canton Kaumatule, 4-star wide receiver Alex Ofodile, 4-star running back Taj Griffin, 4-star offensive lineman Zach Okun and 3-star Ugo Amadi. Another player, 4-star quarterback Travis Waller has signed a financial Aid Agreement with the Ducks and will join the team for spring term and spring workouts to be held during the month of April, with the annual Spring Game on May 2, in Autzen Stadium starting at 11 a.m. Pacific.




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