A Week Away
Wednesday, January 27, 5:00 p.m. PST
We’re within a week of National Signing Day, the first day high school recruits can sign a formal National Letter of Intent to attend a college or university. That’s also the first day coaches and school administrators can actually acknowledge and talk about recruits.
There are plenty of websites dedicated to recruiting, so it’s hardly a secret as to who the most likely future Ducks are going to be, but there is almost always a surprise or two on signing day and things can certainly change over the next six days.
For instance, just today, Rivals.com jumped the Ducks seven spots in their national recruiting rankings from No. 20 to No. 13. Tomorrow, that number could go the other direction if a previously committed blue chip prospective student-athlete decides to go somewhere else.
Jonathan Stewart in 2005 was the last five-star recruit landed by the Ducks.
It’s always been an exciting and somewhat nerve-wracking time of year, but anticipation surrounding the recruiting season at Oregon has grown over the past couple of seasons due to the program’s higher success rating out on the trail. The Ducks have had their share of Top 25 teams on the field without signing Top 25 recruiting classes. So, what happens when you combine a Pac-10 championship-caliber program with an annual stable of prep stars? That has to be nothing short of a dream situation for UO and its fans.
I’ll be in the office by 6 a.m. PT on Wednesday and we’ll tweet as each NLI comes in. If you’re not one of the 3,500+ followers on the OregonFootball twitter page, make sure to sign up before Feb. 3. The tweets will also go out on the GoDucksDotCom twitter page. Go Ducks Live with Jerry Allen will go on the air at 7 a.m. at GoDucks.tv, and GoDucks.com will also have a live recruiting tracker up throughout the day.
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