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Ace recruiter Dameyune Craig seeking OC title, not expected to join Oregon’s staff

The longtime SEC and ACC assistant is still a free agent.

NCAA Football: Mississippi at Auburn Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

Former LSU wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig is no longer a candidate to join Willie Taggart’s Oregon staff, a source told SB Nation.

Craig, 42, was hired by former LSU head coach Les Miles in Feb. 2016 and remained on staff under current head coach Ed Orgeron until being dismissed following National Signing Day.

Craig met with Oregon regarding a potential position on the Ducks’ staff, but the sides couldn’t agree on specifics. One source told SB Nation that Craig is seeking a coordinator title and the accompanying compensation. Currently former Alabama assistant Mario Cristobal is listed as the Ducks’ co-offensive coordinator and run game coordinator. Former Oregon assistant David Reaves was also listed as a co-offensive coordinator before his dismissal on Jan. 22 for a DUI arrest.

Before LSU, Craig was an assistant at Auburn and Florida State, where the Mobile, Ala., native and former Auburn quarterback helped recruit quarterback Jameis Winston. He was rated a national top-10 recruiter in 2012, 2014, and 2016 by 247Sports.

Craig was a potential fit with the Ducks because of Taggart’s desire to advance recruiting in the Southeast. In Taggart’s 2017 transition class, only one signee joined the Ducks from a Southern state that wasn’t Florida.

Taggart’s first Oregon staff includes former FBS head coaches Jim Leavitt and Cristobal, recently heralded as assistants at Colorado and Alabama, respectively.