Could Chip Kelly’s departure benefit OU or OSU on the recruiting front?
After a week of rampant speculation, and a feeling of inevitability, Chip Kelly stunned the sports world earlier this month, spurning a number of potential NFL jobs and announcing his return to Oregon.
Eugene rejoiced and recruits felt at ease.
But all that changed Wednesday morning, when the indecisive coach changed course again, this time for good, bolting out of Eugene for the Philadelphia Eagles head coaching job.
In the interim, Oregon should be fine. The program is still loaded with talent and many expect the offensive system to remain intact with Kelly’s disciples taking over.
So it’s not doomsday in the Pacific Northwest.
But on the recruiting front, you can expect some collateral damage left in the aftermath. Because isn’t there always.
Take this tweet, less than three hours after the news broke, from Oregon four-star commit Tyree Robinson. Just an example of the ruthless ploys to come.
Like any major school, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are likely to get in on the action, at least making an inquiry toward the sincerity of the Oregon pledges.
And both schools have an interest in a number of the 13 Duck commits.
The Sooners, in fact, have standing offers with Tyrell and Tyree Robinson (four-star twin WRs from the San Diego area), three-star LB Danny Mattingly from Washington and four-star RB Dontre Wilson from DeSoto, Texas.
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