Chip Kelly, Oregon briefly recruited Robert Griffin III out of high school

September 4, 2013

When Chip Kelly’s Eagles face Robert Griffin III’s Redskins, it will be their first NFL meeting, but not the first time their paths have crossed. (Peter Morgan/Associated Press)

For a brief moment in time, during the spring of 2007, there was a chance that Robert Griffin III could have played for Chip Kelly at the University of Oregon.

Kelly – now the first-year coach of the Philadelphia Eagles who will face the Redskins on Monday – said during his conference call with writers that cover Washington, that Griffin ranked among the high school quarterbacks that he had on his radar for his 2007 recruiting class.

Griffin said on his conference call with Eagles beat writers that he briefly considered playing at Oregon.

But Kelly said the courtship wasn’t extensive.

“We talked to him in the spring time, and then he committed early,” Kelly recalled.

The coach later added, “He was one of the top quarterbacks in the country; he was also one of the top track guys in the country, but that was the extent of it.  … We saw him as a quarterback, and again, I never saw him in person or talked to him. I think we talked to him on the phone and that was the extent of it. I never scouted him in person, never had official visits or any of that stuff. Never went to his high school.”

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Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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