Everything you need to know and what actually matters about the 2019 Oregon Duck recruiting class.
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It’s not like Oregon’s recruiting classes went from nothing to amazing. The Ducks had a fantastic class last year, and has been hovering around the top 20 year after year. But this one is different. This one is the one that should take the program back to an elite level.
Kayvon Thibodeaux. When the nation’s top defensive end prospect blew off Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma, USC, UCLA, and on and on and on for the Ducks, that was it. That was the recruiting class. That was the early signing period that showed just how hot the Oregon program is at the moment.
But he’s hardly alone. Mase Funa isn’t the talent Thibodeaux is, but he’s an elite defensive end to go on the other side, Lance Wilhoite is a special receiver from Tennessee who escaped SEC county, and RB Sean Dollars and DT Keyon Ware-Hudson join Funa from Santa Ana to upgrade the overall talent.
How many players did Oregon sign from Oregon? One – TE Patrick Herbert, and he’s a good one. Two were in-state players were signed last year. And from California? 24 over the last two seasons.
Tyler Shough was the terrific quarterback get in last year’s class. Cale Millen is a decent-sized prospect, but be stunned if he’s nothing more than a nice backup. The dream is for 2020 top QB recruit DJ Uiagalelei for pick Eugene over Clemson.
Remember, Justin Herbert was a mediocre, three-star caliber prospect in 2016, and Terry Wilson wasn’t considered that amazing a prospect before he left for Kentucky.
The offense cranked up the receivers. Along with Wilhoite, landing Mycah Pittman and Josh Delgado was a big deal, too.
Along with Thobodeaux and Funa, the ends coming in are amazing with five signed on, and the defensive tackles are terrific. It might take two years to get there, but Mario Cristobal came up with something special.
The Ducks have kickers, but Adam Stack only hit 6-of-10 field goals along with all 36 of his extra point attempts. Zach Emerson nailed 21-of-22 extra points. Camden Lewis out of North Carolina is supposed to be better.
Willie Taggart set the wheels in motion, and Mario Cristobal just sped things up a few levels. Washington is still fantastic, Stanford came up with a strong class, and USC is about to come back in the South. But along with all of the momentum from the end of last season – along with keeping QB Justin Herbert – this big recruiting class is a big deal.