The 2018 Oregon Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the relative strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Oregon Recruiting Class Overview
Willie Taggart got the recruiting ball rolling, and Mario Cristobal kept everything moving. Both coaches are great recruiters, and Cristobal had a lot to do with getting the parts in place.
And now the Ducks are loaded.
The skill stars are outstanding – even if there’s not a lot of bulk for any one spot – but Cristobal hit the pitch in his wheelhouse on the offensive line. There are star prospects everywhere, including RB Jamal Currie-Elliott and landing commitments from receivers Isaiah Crocker and Jalen Hall from California.
The defensive side isn’t doing anything for the interior of the line, but the coaching staff is cranking it up in the secondary and signed on several nice linebackers including Adrian Jackson out of Denver – a big safety-sized hitter who’ll fit in perfectly. However …
The Oregon Class Is Heavy On …
The Ducks were able to land safety Steve Stephens out of Fresno – a national recruit wanted by the top Pac-12 teams along with Oklahoma and LSU. Fellow safety Jevon Holland out of Oakland needs to bulk up a bit, but he’s a big hitter – he broke Notre Dame’s heart – and Verone McKinley III is a great corner who’s all about speed.
The Star of the Oregon Class Is …
QB Tyler Shough, 6-5, 195
Crocker and Hall are going to be stars for the receiving corps, and Jackson is going to be a fantastic linebacker with a little bit of time, but Shough is the pure passer who’ll give the team a little more of a safety net in case something happens to Justin Herbert again.
It’s Herbert’s gig for the next few years, but the guy who’s smart enough to get the Ivys hot for him – and good enough for Alabama, Florida State, Michigan and Georgia to make a push – will have time to add a little bulk to his 6-5 frame.
The Oregon Biggest 2018 Depth Chart Hole Is …
Royce Freeman is done after ripping off close to 1,500 yards and 15 scores, and so is Kai Benoit is gone after running for ten scores, too.
Tony Brooks-James has to be the main man for the ground game now, and Herbert will run for his share of yards, but the O needs more options. Currie-Elliott is the best of the haul, and Travis Dye isn’t bad. They can both move.