Prospects Oregon Offered Scholarships under Chip Kelly

Posted on April 14, 2014

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Chip Kelly was the head coach of the Oregon Ducks from 2009 to 2012. With most of this year’s draft class having been recruited to college teams during those years, how many members of this year’s draft class were made offers by Oregon?[1]

We already know the Eagles have a history of drafting lots of highly rated high school players relative to the rest of the league. And in addition to reportedly targeting Oregon alum Dion Jordan last year, Kelly nabbed a familiar player in the 7th round in Joe Kruger, whom Oregon had offered a scholarship in its 2009 recruiting efforts.

Using CBS Sports’ Top 350 Prospects and Rivals’ historical recruiting records, we can make a list of draft prospects that Oregon made offers to:

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Note Lache Seastrunk (104) and Shaq Evans (296) on this list. Both are exceptionally interesting cases.

Seastrunk signed with Oregon before transferring to Baylor, and he was the player whose recruitment prompted the NCAA investigation of Oregon that resulted in sanctions for Oregon and for Chip Kelly.

Evans is interesting because he is a big  receiver (6’1”, 213) who Kelly appears to have attempted to acquire twice already. Aside from his initial offer from Oregon out of high school, after Evans decided to leave Notre Dame, he was reportedly deciding between UCLA and Oregon. Will Kelly let him get away three times?

It will be interesting to see if the Eagles end up with players on this list.

More random points:

As for current Eagles, in addition to Joe Kruger, Bryce Brown was offered a scholarship by Kelly’s Ducks as part of Oregon’s 2009 recruiting class.

I was curious to see if Kelly mainly recruited fast quarterbacks. I’m not sure how reliable high school 40 times are (Rivals has Matt Barkley and Mark Sanchez with the same time (4.7) as Marcus Mariota), but regardless, there’s no obvious trend there.

Marqise Lee and De’Anthony Thomas were known for their defensive prowess in high school, and many thought they’d play defense in college. Colt Lyerla was widely projected as an OLB.

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Footnotes:

[1] I’m not the first to ask this question! Turns out Dave Mengels already explored this idea this year and even last year. I still went ahead and posted my version just because I wanted to share my commentary. Of course, Dave has his own commentary that I didn’t repeat here, so go ahead and read his work too. He also used “interest” as opposed to strictly “offers,” presented the results by position rather than by ranking, and used the pool of combine attendees rather than CBS’s top 350.

I’m not familiar enough with college football recruiting to know what exactly “interest” (or even “offer”) means. Is an offer of a full scholarship? If a school has “interest” but doesn’t make an offer, does that suggest the school looked into the player and decided they didn’t like him? How are the varying degrees of interest (high, medium, low) defined? Help in the comments would be greatly appreciated.

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