NCF On The Trail: Oregon football

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February, 5, 2013
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We asked fans to pass along their questions for Ducks' RB commit Thomas Tyner (Aloha, Ore./Aloha) via the @ESPNDuckNation Twitter handle, so we could have the No. 54 player in the ESPN 150 share his thoughts with the fans.

The response was incredible, as we received a number of great questions. With the future Oregon running back's help we narrowed it down to five of the best questions that were submitted. Here is what the nation's No. 6 RB had to say...

@Dyetz21: What expectation do you have for yourself in your first year as a #Duck? #AskTyner

Wilson considers Kelly, NFL rumors 

January, 4, 2013
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ESPN 150 athlete and Ducks commit Dontre Wilson (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto) is ready to close the book on his recruitment and is fully committed to Oregon, whether or not Chip Kelly remains the coach of the program.

Reports had surfaced throughout Friday's Under Armour All-America Game in St. Petersburg, Fla., that Kelly is close to accepting the top coaching position with the Cleveland Browns.

“Coach Kelly is a tremendous coach and he’s had a great run at Oregon to help put that program on the map,” Wilson said. “But the players are in place and the program is rolling now. Coach [Mark] Helfrich and coach [Gary] Campbell are still there and that’s the big thing for me.”

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ESPN 150 S McQuay commits to USC

January, 4, 2013
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- After four prospects decommitted from the USC Trojans since the beginning of November, the Trojans have finally got some good news as ESPN 150 safety Leon McQuay III (Seffner, Fla./Armwood) verbally committed to USC tonight during the Under Armour All-America Game.

The 6-foot-2, 183-pound four-star athlete selected the Trojans over Florida State, Oregon, Vanderbilt and Michigan.

As a senior, McQuay totaled 54 tackles and five interceptions on defense. He also added five receptions for 137 yards and a touchdown on offense.

McQuay, the nation’s No. 3 safety and a starter in Friday's UA Game, is expected to enroll early at USC and be eligible to play spring football.

With McQuay's decision, the Trojans have 15 verbal commitments, including 10 who are members of the ESPN 150. Each of the 15 commitments is ranked as a four-star or higher.

Four-star OT Hunt prepares for visits 

December, 31, 2012
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Offensive tackle Cameron Hunt (Corona, Calif./Centennial), committed to Cal since July, is about to get busy again with recruiting.

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Miller Safrit/ESPN.comCameron Hunt looks forward to an upcoming U-M visit, for which former teammate Kyle Bosch will likely be his host.
Hunt plans to visit Michigan on Jan. 11 after he returns home from the Under Armour All-America Game, Oregon on Jan. 18 and Cal on Jan. 25.

He’s also considering Ohio State, though he has yet to set a visit. It has been a long road for Hunt, who drew little recruiting interest before a breakout camp circuit last spring.

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ESPN 150 S McQuay set to decide Friday 

December, 30, 2012
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- ESPN 150 safety Leon McQuay III (Seffner, Fla./Armwood) will be making his college decision at the Under Armour All-America Game on Friday.


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Thomas Tyner recommits to Oregon 

October, 18, 2012
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After rocking the recruiting world by decommitting from Oregon on Tuesday, Thomas Tyner confirmed to ESPN.com on Thursday that he has recommitted to the Ducks.

The electric running back from Aloha (Ore.) High School, who earlier this year rushed for 643 yards and 10 touchdowns in one game, is rated the No. 104 player in the ESPN 150.

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James Quick eyes OSU visit, has top 3 

September, 25, 2012
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INDIANAPOLIS -- Kept relatively quiet for most of the game against Cathedral, ESPN 150 receiver James Quick (Louisville/Trinity) showed in a matter of seconds in the fourth quarter why he is one of the country's most explosive playmakers.

On the first play of a drive that followed a Cathedral touchdown to cut Trinity's lead to 1, Quick caught a bubble screen behind the line of scrimmage and went 72 yards for a touchdown, putting the game out of reach.

"We've been running it in practice the last couple years and it's been a success, and once you see open daylight you've got to take it," said Quick, who finished with eight catches for 162 yards.

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High-profile visitors head to Knoxville 

September, 12, 2012
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Tennessee will host several visitors for Saturday's game against Florida. Most will be unofficial visits. One of the headliners is clearly Derrick Green, the four-star tailback from Richmond (Va.) Hermitage High School, who'll be taking his first official visit.

Green is scheduled to visit Michigan in October. He has also said he'll visit Auburn and is considering Oregon, Ole Miss and Virginia Tech.

Here are some other prospects scheduled to be in Knoxville this weekend:

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James Quick used to top competition 

August, 16, 2012
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Ronyae' Quick was never afraid to challenge his son. Sometimes he even employed older kids to do the job.

James Quick, who recently said he'll take official visits to nearby Louisville as well as Ohio State and Oregon, never knew what it was like to play against kids that were the same age as him. His dad made sure of that. The younger Quick always played against older competition to force him to improve his skills.

It worked. Quick, who is also considering Cincinnati and Kentucky, is rated the No. 57 prospect and ninth-best receiver in the nation.

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Fehoko brothers carry on family legacy 

August, 10, 2012
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College coaches spend the summer months hosting a variety of football camps in hopes of spotting and making an impression on top high school talent. At this point, it might make more sense to figure out how to secure an invitation to a Fehoko family reunion.

Virtually every college football fan, whether they know it or not, has been introduced to Vili Fehoko--better known as Vili the Warrior, Hawaii’s imposing mascot. Three of Fehoko’s four sons have already made their way through the recruiting process. Whitley Fehoko signed with San Diego State as an offensive lineman. Linebacker Sam Fehoko signed with Texas Tech and eventually with the Philadelphia Eagles. V.J. Fehoko will likely take over as the starting middle linebacker at Utah this season. The fourth, Breiden Fehoko, is about to begin his sophomore year at Honolulu Farrington and already holds offers from Hawaii and Utah.

But college coaches quickly realized this past year that the Fehoko family tree has several branches, and there is another that is worth some significant attention.

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James Quick's list off official visits this fall is coming into focus.

The nation's 57th overall prospect and ninth-best receiver from Louisville (Ky.) Trinity said he will definitely take official visits to Louisville, Ohio State and Oregon, the three schools he's primarily considering. He said he'll likely take official visits to Cincinnati and Kentucky as well.

Certainly, the Cardinals have Quick's heart on their side. Quick's father, Ronyae' Quick, played football for Louisville in the early 1990's.

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DB Tahaan Goodman takes his time 

July, 28, 2012
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Tahaan Goodman (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga) isn't rushing his recruitment.


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Four-star brothers list seven schools 

July, 27, 2012
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Tyrell Robinson (San Diego/Abraham Lincoln) and his brother Tyree Robinson (San Diego/Abraham Lincoln) have been offered by double-digit programs.


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ESPN 150 S Priest Willis' list at 15 

July, 27, 2012
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- ESPN 150 safety Priest Willis (Tempe, Ariz./Marcos de Niza) has a top fifteen of Arizona, Arizona State, California, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, UCLA, USC, Utah, Virginia and Washington.


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High three-star defensive tackle Kenneth Clark (Rialto, Calif./Wilmer Amina Carter), a 6-foot-2, 280-pounder, has committed to play for UCLA, multiple sources report.

Arizona State, Boise State, California, Colorado, Fresno State, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon State, San Diego State, Utah, Washington and Washington State also offered Clark while Oregon and USC showed interest.

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