By all accounts, it was a very solid first recruiting class for Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich.
On a day that more and more college football fans are viewing as an unofficial holiday, Helfrich enjoyed his first national signing day by securing 19 letters of intent – two of those from 4-star athletes who at the last moment changed their commitment in favor of Oregon.
( Watch the Mark Helfrich press conference by clicking the video box. Video courtesy of the RG )
When Mark Helfrich was named as Oregon’s new head football coach on January 20th, the question quickly emerged – Would Helfrich be able to retain the solid recruiting class former coach Chip Kelly and the Duck staff had assembled before Kelly departed for the NFL.
That answer came Wednesday morning – a resounding yes!
Ron Aiken, who spent the past six years among the most respected defensive line mentors in the NFL while accumulating 23 years of experience as a defensive assistant at the Division I and professional levels, has been named defensive line coach at the University of Oregon, according to the Ducks’ head football coach Mark Helfrich.
The 57-year-old South Carolina native replaces Jerry Azzinaro, who left the program to pursue other coaching opportunities.