Oregon coach Willie Taggart last week signed his first recruiting class, which Rivals.com ranked No. 18 in the nation. Now CSN is taking a look at how each new recruit could fit into the Ducks' plans next season.
Today: Wide receivers and tight ends.
New Ducks: WR - Jaylon Redd (5-9, 180, Rancho Cucamonga H.S., Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Daewood Davis (6-2, 175, Deerfield Beach H.S., Hollywood, Fla.), Johnny Johnson III (6-0, 194, Chandler H.S., Chandler, Ariz.), Darrian McNeal (5-9, 160, Armwood H.S., Seffner, Fla.) and Bruce Judson (5-9, 203, Cocoa H.S., Cocoa, Fla.). TE- None.
The situation: Devon Allen is focusing on winning gold at the 2020 Summer Olympics. Dwayne Stanford graduated. Jalen Brown transferred to Northwestern. Consequently, UO is left with four returning scholarship wide receivers.
That's not enough. The Ducks see at least two receivers go down with injuries in most seasons, just as Allen and Stanford did in 2016.
It's quite clear then that Oregon is likely to need contributions from at least two freshmen receivers in 2017. Carrington, Nelson and Mitchell are the front-runners to start with Ofodile figuring to at least get in on the action.
After them, Oregon will have to look for help from the freshmen class.
Rivals.com rated Redd, a four-star recruit, as the No. 8 athlete in the nation. Johnson, McNeal and Davis were a three-star recruits. Judson, a four-star recruit as an athlete, could very well play receiver.
Based on hype, Redd and Judson figure to have the best chance to see playing time as freshmen. But nobody say Nelson coming in 2014 when he became an impact freshman seemingly out of nowhere.
Things are more dicey at tight end where the Ducks lost three tight ends from last year. The Ducks failed to land a signature from Josh Falo, who ended up at USC.
So the Ducks are left with two scholarship tight ends. Breeland, a three-star recruit in 2014 (Rivals.com), and McCormick, a three-star recruit in 2016 who redshirted last year, will carry the burden.
Breeland caught six passes for 123 yards while flashing signs of being and impact receiver.
The verdict: There will be some lively competition at wide receiver among the freshmen with two likely becoming rotation players while three redshirt for the future. As for tight end, Oregon should certainly use a late get, maybe a transfer to help with the lack of depth.
Next up: Offensive line.