Chad Simmons

Oregon loses the first of verbal commitment due to Duck coaching status questions.

A byproduct of the uncertainty created by a losing football season, is that high school recruits see this as unstability in a program. Oregon's head coach Mark Helfrich is obviously in a precarious position as his future with the Oreon program is unknown, and won't really have a clear idea until Athletic Dircector Rob Mullens meets with him on Wednesday. Today, Deommodore Lenoir announced he was opening up his recruitment.

Deommodore Lenoir, 5-11, 180 is a 4-star defensive back from Bishop Mora Salesian HS in Los Angeles. 

https://twitter.com/Deommo_Lenoir/status/803713469551779840

Lenoir was the highest ranked recruit in Oregon's 2017 class and his decommitment could lead to more decommitments in the coming days.

http://www.scout.com/player/195259-deommodore-lenoir

The Oregon AD could have avoided this problem had he made a definite decision after Saturday's loss to Oregon State. If the Ducks were going to make a change, the quicker the news that Helfrich was no longer the coach would have had less effect on recruits than a delay.

If Helfrich is to remain then the question also remains what assistants will also remain in place.

While the Ducks can salvage the recruiting year with a policy of transparency, it does not appear to be the case so far.


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