Oregon co-offensive coordinator and quarterback coach Marcus Arroyo is expected to sign a three-year deal to stay with the program, according to a report from Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman. Arroyo shared the offensive coordinator position with Mario Cristobal before Cristobal’s promotion to head coach. The Oregonian also reported that Arroyo would become the offense’s full-time play caller.
Arroyo’s talented offensive mind makes him a qualified candidate for the job alone, but he’s worth far more than that. Arroyo is also one of the most talented recruiters on Oregon’s staff, and keeping him around will be key in continuing to build the program’s vision.
Arroyo has made the rounds during his career as an assistant coach that has spanned for over a decade. At the collegiate level, he has had plenty of success in recruiting, especially quarterbacks. The biggest name he’s landed during his career happened during his time at California. Arroyo was the primary recruiter of four-star quarterback Jared Goff, who eventually went on to become the number one overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
When it comes to Oregon, the biggest recruit Arroyo has been able to land during his one season is, arguably, Tyler Shough. Arroyo was essential in getting the four-star quarterback to flip from North Carolina to Oregon in October. There’s no guarantee Shough will be as successful as Goff, but he does seem to be a formidable backup option once Justin Herbert leaves the program. Arroyo has a particular talent at connecting with those who play the game’s most important position.
Arroyo is currently rated as the fifth best recruiter in the PAC-12 on 247Sports. He was rated higher before Willie Taggart left the team. Taggart going to Florida State started an influx of decommitments from Oregon, hurting the rest of the staff’s rankings as recruiters.
Simply having someone like Arroyo around helps Oregon. Cristobal had a reputation as one of the best recruiters in the country before coming to Eugene, and it appears Arroyo has taken a page out of his playbook as well. Oregon is the most active it has ever been in recruiting and it can be widely attributed to the two offensive coaches.
As the full-time offensive coordinator, Arroyo will likely see a dip in hands-on recruiting. Positional coaches usually take on a more prominent role on the recruiting trail, but Arroyo will still be around. At 37, he is younger than many coaches, but he has certainly been around the block. It is unknown how Oregon’s offense will fare with Arroyo alone at the forefront, but its recruiting should not take a hit as long as he and Cristobal are on the staff.