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Landing The Nation's #1 Recruit Was Not Just a Team Win. It was a National Win

Will Darkins
December 17, 2018 - 2:03 pm

The nation’s top football recruit said “Oregon”. His hands separated a green and yellow hat strap emitting a short cackle, before fitting said hat around a staff of burned blonde hair. Family members on either side followed suite and the Oregon Ducks were important again.

Kayvon Thibodeaux’s commitment capped off an insanely successful recruiting class for Head Coach Mario Cristobal. Oregon secured commitments from two of California’s top players, signed 15 four/five star recruits and rank 5th nationally in recruiting, according to Rivals.com. And to me, that’s the real headline. Oregon is nationally relevant again. It wasn’t just Thibodeaux’s commitment that acted as the catalyst. It was his non-commitment to the University of Alabama. Oregon beat Alabama … in recruiting.

During the 2010 season, each Oregon football game in November seemed to end with fans chanting, “We want Bama!” (If I was a Duck Fan I would probably do the same. I mean, Jesus … they beat UCLA 60-13). It was a hopeful plea to see a young and exciting team hit the national stage, pry a national title trophy from the SEC vice grip and use Chip Kelly’s image to make visors popular again (Why were visors ever “a thing”?) But that never came to fruition. Oregon met Auburn in Arizona and conceded BCS glory to Cam Newton. It was a taste of glory that would keep Duck fans jones-ing for the better part of a decade.

Now, after Saturday’s big hull, expectations are building to a fever pitch where fans are hoping Mario Cristobal’s recruiting talents will translate into national success.  

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