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‘I think the place sells itself;’ Tosh Lupoi details experiences recruiting players at Oregon

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There was no understating how big of a deal it was when the Oregon Ducks hired former NFL coach Tosh Lupoi to be their new defensive coordinator under head coach Dan Lanning. His resume speaks for itself.

He’s a two-time national championship-winning coach with the Alabama Crismon Tide, and he helped coach his team to the big game in four consecutive years under Nick Saban. More recently, Lupoi spent time with the Cleveland Browns, Atlanta Falcons, and Jacksonville Jaguars. He’s considered one of the best recruiters in all of college football, especially with his ties to the west coast after cutting his teeth at California and Washington earlier in his career.

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So when Lupoi accepted the job in Eugene and had a chance to be one of the leading recruiters for the Ducks, fans certainly got excited.

In talking to Lupoi on Monday afternoon following the Ducks’ final practice of the spring, he was asked how his experience had been thus far, and what his sales pitch was to recruits now that he was at Oregon.

“That’s one of the main reasons I’m here — you don’t have to be a car salesman to represent this place and understand how special it is,” Lupoi said. “You’re at a place where you can consistently compete for a national title — you’re at least in a position that you possibly can. You’re at a place where you’re going to consistently coach top-10 picks, and you’re at a place that’s arguably connected better than any other program in the world when it comes to the relationships — that Nike relationship, the Alumni Association, that’s part of this place. I think the place more so sells itself.”

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So far, the recruiting cycle has been good to the Ducks. After Lanning and his new staff took over in December, they were able to land a number of highly-rated recruits and leave with the 13th-ranked class in 2022. While there is still a lot of work to do in the 2023 class, Oregon seems to be in a good spot to potentially land 5-star players like DL Jayden Wayne, EDGE Matayo Uiagalelei, and DL David Hicks.

Both Hicks and Wayne were inside Autzen Stadium for the spring game, and Uiagalelei has been a frequent visitor to Eugene over the past few months. They’ve certainly been in close contact with Lupoi ever since he took over in Eugene, but if we’re to listen to the Oregon DC, he hasn’t had to work very hard to paint the Oregon Ducks in a nice light.

This place sells itself.

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