2017 Oregon Ducks Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Breakdown
The 2017 Oregon Ducks Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the best area of strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
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Class to be updated and adjusted on Signing Day, Wednesday, February 1
Oregon Ducks Recruiting Class Overview
Of course the first Willie Taggart class is going to be a little bit ragged – all new coaches need a little time. It’s Oregon, though, and it’s got its share of terrific athletes and decent prospects. Last year’s class wasn’t all that big, though, with just 20 players brought in. Now, next year’s haul is going to have to be a big one after this relatively mediocre group. Several of the key commitments stuck around through the coaching change, and it’s a national class in focus, but it’s the late run on a few good players for the defense, along with QB Braxton Burmeister and RB Darrian Felix, that should define this first year.
The Oregon Ducks Class Is Heavy On …
Defensive tackles. Defense was optional under Taggart at USF last season, and it was non-existent at Oregon, but the defensive front seven gets the most help for the near future. The linebacking duo of Isaac Slade-Matautia and Sampson Niu should be solid, but it’s the interior of the line that’ll get the most help – potentially – starting with Rutger Reitmaier out of Tennessee for one spot, 345-pound fire-hydrant Jordan Scott a big body for the rotation, and Austin Faoliu a nice-looking athletic possible pass rusher.
The Star of the Oregon Ducks Class Is …
CB Thomas Graham, 5-10, 170, Rancho Cucamonga, CA – Wanted by everyone from Alabama to Notre Dame, Nebraska to Washington, and all the Pac-12 schools worth noting, Graham is a very fast, very fluid No. 1-type of corner prospect with just enough strength – especially for his wiry size – to get physical. If this works, he’s the leader of the secondary.
The Oregon Ducks Biggest 2017 Depth Chart Hole Is …
Tight end. It’s the only position that gets gutted on what should be a loaded Duck team. Pharaoh Brown and Johnny Mundt are gone after combining for 56 catches and nine touchdowns, and top backup Evan Baylis is also finished. Jacob Breeland will get the first look at the starting spot, but early on, this is the spot Taggart needs to fill.