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.

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

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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