Is there a method to the recruiting madness? 

December, 5, 2012
Since Chip Kelly arrived in Eugene, Oregon's recruiting philosophy has been an impossible riddle to solve. From ignoring elite West Coast prospects that desired attention from the Ducks to offering elite players from the other side of the country -- after long commitments to power programs closer to home -- it hasn't always made sense to recruiting followers.

Gareon Conley
Courtesy Conley FamilyDropping ESPN 150 CB Gareon Conley from consideration after he decommitted from Michigan was a decision that confused Oregon fans.
What has made sense is the way they have pieced together recruiting classes that are consistently producing at an elite level on the field. With just 10 commitments and only two months until national signing day, questions abound as to why the Ducks -- with four straight BCS appearances -- seem stagnant in recruiting its 2013 class. After the past week's events, it is likely that many new questions will arise.

Last week the Ducks told long-time Michigan commit, CB Gareon Conley (Massillon, Ohio/Washington) -- No. 62 in the ESPN 150 -- that they would not be offering him despite his public acknowledgment that he would likely jump all over an Oregon offer. The Ducks were waiting on him to decommit from Michigan before tripping him in for an official visit. He finally decommitted last week, only to have the Ducks tell him they would not be offering him a scholarship.
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