- Brandon P. Oliver, Reporter, DuckNation
Some might look back and laugh about it. Others might look back and question the motives or the commitment.
But to the Ducks and their fans, there's no way to look at Chip Kelly's reported decision to turn down the NFL and return to Eugene as anything but a massive win.
You can have all the talent in the world and get undone by poor coaching. Great coaching and little talent will only take you so far. Examples at both ends of the spectrum are everywhere. With Kelly's return to Eugene and the No. 22 recruiting class in the country, the Ducks are a great example of what happens when you have great coaching and a talented roster.
Oregon's 2013 recruiting class is full of athletes who appear to fit the mold of Kelly and his staff look for in players. While some are grumbling about the lack of commits in the class, they must remember the Ducks only have a few spots left to fill before signing day. What they do have is a group of 13 players who are all committed to the Oregon program.
While most recruits seemed on board with the Ducks regardless of Kelly's decision, when reports surfaced that he would be returning, several Oregon commits expressed their excitement via social media and in interviews with DuckNation.
TE John Mundt (Modesto, Calif./Central Catholic): "I've been 100 percent committed since June, and I am honored to have the privilege to play under Coach Kelly."
ATH Dontre Wilson (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto): "It's real cool. I'm all about Oregon and would have stayed there even if he left. As long as [running backs] Coach [Gary] Campbell and [offensive coordinator Marc] Helfrich stay, I'm gonna be a Duck."
ATH Chris Seisay (American Canyon, Calif./American Canyon): "I'm excited he's staying because I know playing for him is going to be great in the upcoming years. I know his heart is at Oregon and he will continue to make our program great."
ATH Tyrell Robinson (San Diego, Calif./Lincoln)- "Man, I'm happy about it. Coach Kelly is as good as it gets and playing for him will be special. My brother (Tyree Robinson) and I were always going to Oregon anyways, but this means everyone up there is gearing up for a big run. I can't wait to get there and do my part."
Some might look back and laugh about it. Others might look back and question the motives or the commitment. But to the Ducks and their fans, there's no way to look at Chip Kelly's reported decision to turn down the NFL and return to Eugene as anything but a massive win.