"He's just a really dynamic guy. He'll help Track Town USA as well as hopefully Football Town USA, world-class high-hurdler. Robert Johnson is very excited about him as well. He came in celebrating this morning. He's from a great family. A dynamic versatile athlete."
Kani Benoit, RB, 6-0, 200, Phoenix, AZ (Phoenix Thunderbird HS)-
"Another Arizona kid, he was just under eight yards per carry, I think he was like 7.8 or 7.9 yards per carry. He's a guy that we had always kept our eye on throughout this whole recruiting process. Again, he's a solid kid, a really humble guy, but really competitive—hungry humble type guy. He's elusive, he doesn't have the 100 yard dash time of a couple of these guys, but he's very productive…a heavy runner. He runs through a lot of arm tackles."
Doug Brenner, OL, 6-2, 279, Portland, OR (Jesuit HS)-
" Brother of Liz, we'll try to recruit her—it'd be her seventh and eight sports at the University of Oregon. We know his family more than some of the other ones, but he's just a solid kid. He's a guy you'd want to hang out with, just a great guy. He played some tight end, some defensive line, we anticipate him being a center or a guard. He's a very vocal guy, it seems like he can be a charismatic leader type of guy at center."
Darren Carrington, WR, 6-2, 186, San Diego, CA (Horizon HS)-
"His dad played for predominantly the Chargers in the NFL, so from a pedigree. His sister is a very good basketball player, she's better than him, I was on orders to say. Again, a dynamic guy, very under-recruited and then just hammered here recently. He committed to us last summer after camp and a guy whose best football is ahead of him. He's a very young-bodied guy, natural hands. He had a great all-star game, great all-star camp, according to all of those guys at the Semper Fi game down in LA. He's going to fill out a lot more. He's a good looking kid right now, but he's just going to get bigger, faster, stronger with coach Radcliffe."
Elijah George, OL, 6-5, 250, Las Vegas, NV (Arbor View HS)-
"He's kind of in the mold of a Jake Fisher, Tyler Johnstone-type body type. He's a taller, mean, athletic kid. He played in an offense at Arbor View, where he was a double-tight double-wing tackle. We really like his upside doing a lot of things, because of his athleticism and his ability to run. He's a physical kid. His dad was a great basketball player. This is a guy who's probably 6-5 250, runs a sub 5.0 40 [yard dash], so he can really roll."
Damion Hobbs, QB, 6-2, 195, Cedar Hill, TX (Cedar Hill HS)-
"His team lost in the 5A Division State Championship game, which is some of the best football in the country. He had just under 3000 yards…and I think 29 touchdowns this year. He's a guy who was committed to another program due to a previous relationship with that coach and then sort of restarted his recruitment. He was a guy we'd always been in contact with. He can really throw it and can really run it. He's a great student, great leader. That was the biggest thing that they really hit on…how great of a leader this guy was. They started off with a bunch of injuries and he kind of flipped the season and led them to a state championship game."
Cameron Hunt, OL, 6-4, 265, Corona, CA (Centennial HS)-
"He's a fantastic offensive lineman. He's just a road grader, fast physical, very very polished player, that's still going to get better and better as he just grows up and grows into his framing. I think they ran for over 4000 yards as a team last year, over 8000 yards total, so we're going to watch their film too. He's a fantastic kid. His parents are awesome, just a great kid from a great family."
Danny Mattingly, LB, 6-5, 222, Spokane, WA (Mead HS)-
"Another versatile kind of big outside backer type. He's about 6-5 225, maybe right now, he's been playing basketball. This is a broken record, but another great kid from a great family. This kid is a great student. When we went on our World Tour, we walked out of his house, they have this huge acreage outside of Spokane, and there is snow of the ground, it's about eight degrees and we looked at each other and said ‘How about this guy?' He's just off the charts. His dad built the house literally from wood on their land. They're just incredible people."
John Mundt, TE, 6-4, 232, Modesto, CA (Central Catholic HS)-
"The same kind of deal [as Mattingly], his family is in the nut business. I learned all about the nut business, which is fascinating. I can tell you all about walnuts and almonds…the import, export business is fascinating. This kid has a very versatile body type…and just a stud. He's fast, physical, great hand. I'm really excited to see what he develops into after a few years with coach Radcliffe."
Jake Pisarcik, OL, 6-2, 290, Medford, NJ (Shawnee HS)-
"You'll recognize his name, his dad was obviously Joe Pisarcik an NFL quarterback. We got involved with him a little later. He's a guy that put on a ton of weight and grew a lot from his junior to senior year. His film was fabulous. He didn't have a lot of offers, we loved him, we did our normal due diligence, offered him and he committed. Then the other wolves came in and got after him a little bit. But, he stayed strong and will probably be a guard for us as we start out."
Torrodney Prevot, LB, 6-3, 214, Houston, TX (Alief Taylor HS)-
"He's just a great kid, tremendous smile and he can really run and hit the quarterback. He's a dynamic guy, DE, outside backer. We see him in the same roles as Dion Jordan. Another guy that is a young bodied, athletic, dynamic, fast, physical, great tackler, great finisher. He caused a lot of forced fumbles, a lot of havoc. "
Tyree Robinson, ATH, 6-4, 200, San Diego, CA (Lincoln HS)-
"They're both listed at 6-4 and one pound different so we don't make anybody mad, but one is a little bit taller than the other… He's just a very dynamic athlete. He could play a ton of places. He flourished at whatever he did, basketball, receiver, corner, returner, tailback. Their mom is just a shining light. Her energy and she's always talking about "quacking". She's been talking about that for a long time, so that's good."
Tyrell Robinson, ATH, 6-4, 201, San Diego, CA (Lincoln HS)-
"He's a little bit bigger version of the same. He's second-level, maybe third-level athlete, in terms of from the line of scrimmage. He also played basketball, played on offense. We'll have to sort it out where they end up playing."
Chris Seisay, DB, 6-1, 177, American Canyon, CA (American Canyon HS)-
"He was another kid, kind of a long-striding skinnier guy that has a huge upside. Coach Rad had watched some film on this guy a long time ago, and he really liked his development capability as an athlete. His coach couldn't talk about how tough this guy was. A lot of the guys that play that position aren't characterized as tough, right off the bat, especially with his basic frame. He did a great job in the return game, played some corner, played some tailback, played some quarterback. He was all over the map."
Thomas Tyner, RB, 5-11, 201, Aloha, OR (Aloha HS)-
"The guy is off the charts, world-class speed. He'll obviously help our track team as well. Hopefully he and Devon will be able to help both programs for a long, long time…He's the total package as a tailback, a physical guy, a fast guy, really good hands. I'm just excited to get him involved. He's a kid that you can just have a normal conversation with, talk about the future and he just wants to compete."
Evan Voeller, OL, 6-5, 278, West Linn, OR (West Linn HS)-
"He's a guy that got a ton better as his career went on. He's one of those guys that got bigger, maybe before he wanted to throughout his high school career. Then he grew into his body and started playing urgently and physically. He's a guy that I know coach [Steve] Greatwood is excited to get in and will be a guard initially."
Joe Walker, LB, 6-2, 225, So., Palos Verdes, CA (LA Harbor College/Palos Verdes HS)-
"He's already here. He's a linebacker from LA Harbor. We had a workout this morning and a lot of those guys that come in from JC aren't in great shape, but it's a tribute to him and his program, because he came in in fantastic shape. He's does a great job of being vocal, finishing drills, doing that kind of thing that isn't always the case for newcomers guys in their first year. He know that he has a chance to play…there are some slots to be filled."
Juwaan Williams, ATH, 6-0, 181, Tucker, GA (Tucker HS)-
"What am I going to say? He's a great kid, unbelievable family. This kid, we're sitting there and talking with the whole family and he starts talking for about a half and hour about all the reasons he should come to Oregon. It was unbelievable, I was just like ‘Uhuh'. Then his mom starts crying and I'm thinking this either going really well or really poorly. At the end of his soliloquy, he finishes with, "I'm going to commit to Oregon". I think mom was simultaneously proud and also afraid that her boy was going across the country. He's in the mold of a Josh Huff guy, but a little bit taller. He played quarterback, played wide out, played running back, played DB. He's just an off-the-charts guy."
Matt Wogan, PK/P, 6-2, 197, Indian Trail, NC (Porter Ridge HS)-
"He was in our camp last summer and impressed us not only as a kicker, but again as a kid, another great home, both his parents are excited to have him come out here. The thing that always stands out to me about Matt, is that he was the captain of his football team and there aren't too many kickers who are the captains of their football teams. I think that says a lot, not only his athletic ability, but also as a guy."
Two new assistants have been added to the staff since the departure of Chip Kelly and defensive line coach Jerry Azzinaro. Helfrich discussed each at length.
"He's off the charts. The greatest endorsement when I was in the process, I was talking to coach [Kirk] Ferentz, and he said that "the thing about Ron is that he'll make you feel bad, because he's a better person, a better coach and a better husband than you." That's a pretty good endorsement. The other one, somebody else trying to get this job said "Oh, well, if you have a chance to get him, you've got to hire him."
Matt Lubick, Wide Receiver Coach (Duke University)-
"Matt has been an incredible recruiter throughout his career and has built a ton of great relationships. I think high coaches or junior college coaches see that and go ‘Wow, that guy is going there'. Instant credibility."
NOTE: The Robinson twins and Williams were both classified as athletes, Helfrich says the process of finding them a home will be up to them.
"Our philosophy with that, is that if they're a multi-position guy, we'll let them pick first. Usually what the guys pick is where they'll have the most success, and if that ends up being something different down the road, we'll talk about that and make them think it's their idea."