The Oregon Ducks were aiming for one of their biggest recruiting days in years over the weekend. The majority of their targets were unable to make it to Eugene for one reason or another, but the Ducks did host four official visitors on campus.
The visitors who did make it on campus were two recruits committed to other schools, one who is still undecided and one very solid Ducks commit. It didn't turn out to be the weekend most were expecting as Oregon fell to Stanford, 17-14, in overtime. While any recruit would prefer to see a win while on campus, the loss could actually be a blessing in disguise for recruiting.
While he was disappointed by the outcome of the game, Oregon commit John Mundt (Modesto, Calif./Central California) was impressed by the way the team handled the loss. In fact, it was the biggest thing the three-star tight end took away from his visit.
"Every was shocked and upset, but they battled all night. The coaches knew it and the players knew it. Stanford played a great game and the bounces went their way," Mundt said. "The atmosphere after the game in the locker room was the moment when I realized why this program is so special."
According to the nation's No. 11 TE-Y, the way the team immediately turned its focus to next week's "Civil War" matchup with No. 16 Oregon State is one thing that got everyone's attention.
"The coaches just told everyone how proud they were that they battled the way they did. They told everyone to think about what's still at stake the rest of the season," Mundt said. "The coaches said that they have to let it go and get back to business. There is still a lot to shoot for, and the attitude everyone had despite losing for the first time in a year really impressed me. It makes you realize why they are so successful. They have the same attitude after every game, win or lose."
Mundt had already seen the campus, the facilities and everything else the Oregon program has to offer when he visited this summer for its camp. What he hadn't seen was the way the Ducks operate internally.
"I talked to all the coaches, and I know they were upset, but they didn't let it show at all," Mundt said. "I think I was more bummed out than they were. They just told me that one game will never define their season or their program."
Inside the program, they might say that one game won't define who they are, but for Mundt -- and the other recruits in attendance -- one game might turn out to be exactly what does define the Oregon football program.