COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State coach Urban Meyer loves the spread offense. He loves winning with a robust running game even more. In that regard, he’s far closer to Woody Hayes than he is to, oh, Chip Kelly. ”We like to pride ourselves on being balanced,” Meyer said Tuesday.
Matt Barkley didn’t have to wait long on the third day of the draft to hear his name called as the Philadelphia Eagles traded into the top spot in the fourth round to take the USC quarterback. “It was definitely a breath of fresh air to get that call from the Eagles this morning,” Barkley said in an ESPN interview. “It didn’t come as a complete surprise. I had a done a lot of work with them and I’ve had a relationship over the years with [new Eagles] coach [Chip] Kelly.
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In an effort to keep ESPN 150 athlete Dontre Wilson (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto) committed, Oregon decided to make its trip to the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex count. To quote Wilson’s father Don, “They sent in the army.” Don Wilson said seven Oregon coaches were in town to visit the electrifying running back/slot-receiver hybrid and let him know that — even without Chip Kelly on staff — he’s still one of the program’s most important commits of the 2013 class.
Chip Kelly’s rule of recruits not being able to visit other programs after committing to the Ducks was an issue for certain recruits and their families. That was always the case for Ducks commit Darren Carrington Jr. (San Diego/Horizon), who has expressed interest in taking official visits to other programs in recent months. With Kelly out of the picture, the four-star wide receiver is doing just that by visiting Arizona, and other programs have also been in touch.
At least two Oregon commits are planning an official visit to Ohio State. With the absence of former Ducks coach Chip Kelly, whose departure for the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles was announced Wednesday, some commits are taking a look. For ESPN 300 wide receiver Tyree Robinson and athlete Tyrell Robinson (San Diego/Lincoln) an official visit to the Buckeyes could come as soon as Jan. 25. “I just want to make sure I’m making the best decision for my family,” Tyree said.
The whole nation saw Chip Kelly take the Philadelphia Eagles head coaching job on Wednesday, according to the New York Times. With that hire, it may send ripple effects down the Oregon recruiting trail.
One of Oregon’s top commits, …
The Oregon Ducks were dealt a heavy blow this afternoon when Chip Kelly agreed to leave the school to become the new head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles (per the Eagles’ official website).
With Ohio State coach Urban Meyer eyeing Oregon’s recruiting …
It didn’t take long for Ohio State to look into the possibility of gaining a few Oregon pledges after Chip Kelly left to coach the Philadelphia Eagles on Wednesday.
Another season of college football results in another Nick Saban-led team raising the crystal ball after a dominating performance in the national championship. It’s becoming a bit of a pattern, and unless you consider yourself a part of “Roll Tide …