Ducks get two surprises on signing day

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EUGENE — Chip Kelly’s departure doesn’t look to have affected Oregon’s recruiting all that much.

The Ducks saw one recruit get away but they also got a pair of unexpected letters of intent on Wednesday from four-star defensive end Torrodney Prevot from Houston and offensive lineman Cameron Hunt from Corona, Calif. Both were believed to be leaning toward other schools.

The additions were a boon to Mark Helfrich’s first recruiting class as head coach of the Ducks.

“This is a special place, and we’ve been able to attract a ton of talent,” said Helfrich, who was named Oregon’s coach last month when Kelly decided to make the jump to the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles.

When he was promoted, Helfrich said he didn’t plan to make sweeping changes in how Oregon does things. But the entire coaching staff — most of whom stayed in Eugene despite Kelly’s exit — were proactive in revisiting the players who had committed to Oregon.

Oregon’s only loss was Dontre Wilson, a four-star running back out of Texas, who decided to attend Ohio State.

Twin brothers Tyree and Tyrell Robinson from San Diego also decided to reopen their recruitment after Kelly left, looking at Washington and Ohio State. The two, recruited as athletes, ultimately decided on Wednesday morning to become Ducks.

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