Oregon Ducks: Dontre Wilson

If you include Kenjon Barner, the Ducks have sent their last 10 starting running backs to the NFL. It is no secret that the Ducks have had success at the position and they have done very well on the recruiting trail because of it.

In the Class of 2013, the Ducks signed local legend and ESPN 150 RB Thomas Tyner (Aloha, Ore./Aloha), but they lost ATH Dontre Wilson (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto) to Ohio State in the final stretch of the recruiting cycle. With De'Anthony Thomas and Byron Marshall the only scholarship running backs on the roster prior to the arrival of Tyner and fellow 2013 RB signee Kani Benoit (Phoenix, Ariz./Thunderbird), the Ducks know they need to add depth and talent in this year's recruiting cycle.

The Ducks will likely take two running backs in the Class of 2014 and there are plenty of options to choose from. The Ducks have issued a number of offers to some of the elite ball-carriers in the class, but there are still a handful of athletes that could wind up with an offer from the Ducks before signing day comes around.

Oregon UniformsUSA TODAY SportsQuarterback Marcus Mariota, wide receiver Keanon Lowe and running back De'Anthony Thomas are all possibilities to leave Oregon early for the NFL.

The Oregon Ducks will enter the 2013 season having lost a possible top-five pick to the NFL draft, the No. 2 rusher in the Ducks' history and two all-league linebackers. The loss of Dion Jordan, Kenjon Barner, Kiko Alonso and Michael Clay will hurt, but potential losses after the 2013 season could sting a lot more.

The 2013 recruiting class was solid, but not spectacular. Next year, the potential of losing De'Anthony Thomas, Marcus Mariota, Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Terrance Mitchell, Hroniss Grasu and Colt Lyerla early to the NFL would be a huge blow to the Ducks as they try and continue their run of BCS appearances. The Ducks will definitely lose three impact players on the defensive line, two safeties, a linebacker and star wide receiver Josh Huff to graduation.

With heavy losses ahead, the Ducks must land a strong recruiting class in 2014. There are negatives to having a roster loaded with NFL talent, and the Ducks are about to learn that the hard way.


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Ducks miss top targets in Class of 2013 

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Every recruiting cycle leaves programs and their fans wondering what happened to certain recruits who seemed destined for their school. While none of them were absolute "locks" to sign with Oregon, the Ducks had a long list of realistic targets who signed elsewhere.

The Ducks had plenty of opportunities to make a huge statement on the recruiting trail with the 2013 class. The coaching change from Chip Kelly to Mark Helfrich had an effect on many recruits, but a difference in scheme preference also led to a couple potential Ducks looking elsewhere. A couple former Oregon commits flipped to sign elsewhere and a couple others were just given up on. Notre Dame eventually signed three of the Ducks' top targets in the Class of 2013.

Here are a few players who could have easily been Ducks had one or two things gone differently.

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Helfrich makes good first impression 

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When a university hires a head coach who is under 40 years old -- especially one who has never been a head coach -- to take over a major college football program, it is fair to expect there might be some doubters.

New Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich learned that recently but came through his first three weeks on the job looking better than some might have expected. Helfrich managed not only to keep Oregon's coaching staff and 2013 recruiting class mostly intact, he also added to both with the savvy of a coaching veteran.


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Helfrich taking the reins in recruiting 

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Every program has one or two coaches they turn to when they need to close one of their top prospects. The Oregon Ducks have a number of assistants that have been relied upon greatly over the years. The staff has some new faces that will make an impact on the recruiting trail, but the new man at the top was very influential in gaining 19 new signees in the Class of 2013.


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Robinsons' commits set tone for Ducks 

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Tyree Robinson, Tyrell RobinsonBlair Angulo/WeAreSC.comSan Diego twins Tyree Robinson (left) and Tyrell Robinson made things official Wednesday.

The Oregon Ducks were on the verge of losing four of their top commits after Chip Kelly left Oregon with less than a month to go before signing day. Now that the day has come, it's clear that the Ducks' football program is about more than one man.

During a ceremony at their high school this morning, long-time Oregon commits Tyrell Robinson (San Diego/Lincoln) and his twin brother, WR Tyree Robinson, made sure the rumors of their departure were put to rest for good. The brothers never decommitted from Oregon, but many thought the Washington Huskies had convinced them to flip in the final week of the recruiting cycle.


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Oregon signing day surprises 

February, 6, 2013
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After losing long-time commit Dontre Wilson (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto) to Ohio State on Monday, the Oregon Ducks enter signing day looking for a couple of surprises to go their way. Fortunately the Ducks have gotten the better end of the deal with signing day surprises in recent years.


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Oregon recruiting; quick hitters 

February, 5, 2013
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DuckNation has the latest updates after an action packed Monday on the recruiting trail.

ATH Dontre Wilson (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto), the No. 55 player in the ESPN 150, announced Monday night that he will be attending Ohio State next year after being committed to Oregon since late May. Losing such a dynamic weapon always hurts, but the Ducks should be just fine.

One reason for that ...


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Darren Carrington Jr. updates status 

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After deciding to open up his recruitment a little bit after Chip Kelly's departure from Oregon, four-star WR Darren Carrington Jr. (San Diego/Horizon) took visits to Arizona and Arizona State while remaining committed to the Ducks.


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Oregon recruiting: weekend rewind 

February, 4, 2013
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The Oregon Ducks have been making a strong push on the recruiting trail in recent weeks, but they have a handful of commits that are still trying to decide where they'll ultimately sign. Aside from trying to keep their current recruits on board, the Ducks are working to add a few more pieces to the puzzle.


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After UT trip, decision soon for Wilson 

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The weekend visit to Texas is over, and now, it’s time for ESPN 150 athlete Dontre Wilson (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto) to make a decision.


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Devon AllenMiller Safrit/ESPN.comDoes securing a pledge from Devon Allen mean Oregon expects to lose Darren Carrington?
The last DuckNation recruiting mailbag before national signing day has received a record number of submissions. With so much action recently surrounding the Oregon football program, there are a lot of topics to cover.

Warren S. (Henderson, Nev.): With the Ducks landing Devon Allen (Phoenix/Brophy Prep), do you think that has more to do with their feelings on what [Darren] Carrington (San Diego/Horizon) will do or how they feel about Allen?


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Carrington official visit scrapped 

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Ohio State’s only Oregon commitment to take an official visit was Dontre Wilson (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto) and the Buckeyes are starting to cut their numbers down in terms of possible suitors for the slot receiver/wide receiver position to fill out the 2013 recruiting class.


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Recruiting battles loom for Helfrich, Ducks 

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Mark Helfrich is off to a solid start in his first two weeks as head coach of the Oregon Ducks. Helfrich was able to retain the majority of his staff and to date has been able to gain three new commitments from 2013 recruits.

Under Helfrich, Oregon has added WR Devon Allen (Phoenix/Brophy Prep), OL Elijah George (Las Vegas/Arbor View), ATH Juwaan Williams (Tucker, Ga./Tucker) and QB Damion Hobbs (Cedar Hill, Texas/Cedar Hill), who flipped from Utah State to Oregon on Wednesday.

The Ducks are likely to take up to five more commits, depending on the decisions of ATH Dontre Wilson (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto), Darren Carrington (San Diego/Horizon), WR Tyree Robinson (San Diego/Lincoln) and his twin brother, ATH Tyrell Robinson (San Diego/Lincoln).

There has been a lot of action over the past few days. New offers have been issued and last minute in-home visits are taking place daily.


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Thomas TynerCourtesy of Tiffany FiekenThomas Tyner is set to sign with Oregon despite late pushes from other schools.


Recruits, their families, coaches and football programs from around the country are holding their breath in hopes the right decision is made on national signing day. The truth is, no one knows what will happen between now and the time the pen hits the paper at high schools nationwide next Wednesday. What we do know is that both publicly and privately, the biggest decisions of recruits' lives are about to be made official.

For the Oregon Ducks, it appears as if their current commits are locked into the decisions they already have made. Now, the Ducks hope that their latest recruiting efforts provide a boost to an already strong class.

Here is where things stand for the Ducks and what their class might look like by the end of the day on Feb. 6.


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