Safe to say, the 'Saturday Night Live' recruiting weekend was a success.
After hosting over 100 prospects from the 2022, 2023 and 2024 cycles, the Oregon Ducks got some good news, as the top player from its home state, four-star wide receiver Darrius Clemons, listed Oregon among his top-three schools, along with Penn State and Auburn.
Shortly after the conclusion of the camp portion of SNL, the 6'3", 205-pound receiver told Hayes Fawcett on On3 he would make an announcement about his recruitment on Sunday, August 1st. That turned out to be excellent news for the Ducks who remain in the thick of his commitment race.
If Clemons eventually commits to Oregon, the Ducks would have the top-three highest rated prospects from Oregon as verbal commitments with the Westview product joining Trejon Williams and Emar'rion Winston. All three were in attendance at SNL on Saturday.
While Oregon has begun heavily attacking states nationwide targeting elite talent that can propel the program into the top tier of college football, the Ducks will still take elite home-state talent as shown by the 2022 class.
The days of USC taking the top player from Oregon are long gone. Those prospects look out of state, but Mario Cristobal has shown he will keep them in-state. Willie Taggart talked about putting a fence around Oregon, well Cristobal has realized that vision while Taggart is out of a P5 job.
Brandon Huffman of 247Sports projects Clemons as a Day 2 NFL Draft pick, comparing him to Allen Robinson of the Chicago Bears.
"Has terrific body control and ability to adjust to all passes, both low and high, with strong hands able to catch everything in traffic," he wrote in March 2020. "Polished route runner with ability to catch passes in tight spaces. Tough over the middle. Consistently gets separation. Projects as multi-year Power 5 starter and projects as second day pick.
Clemons officially visited Auburn, USC, Penn State and Michigan last month.