If there's one thing the Oregon Football staff has an eye for, it's talent.
Oregon has been recruiting at unprecedented levels under head coach Mario Cristobal and while part of that is securing commitments with more blue-chip rated recruits, the staff has also been able to identify talent early before they blow up.
That's what happened with 2021 four-star quarterback commit Ty Thompson who verbally committed to Oregon back in March.
At the time of his commitment, 247Sports rated him as the No. 142 overall player and No. 8 pro-style quarterback in the nation. With the updated recruiting rankings, he has risen to No. 138 overall by 247Sports but is rated as the No. 80 overall player by composite score.
Be sure to download and listen for free Sports Uncovered: The uniform craze that revolutionized college football
Now, he's continuing to impress, most recently at the Elite 11 camp: the nation's premier quarterback competition for college prospects. Getting an invite itself is an accomplishment but after the first day of camp Rivals Recruiting Analyst Woody Wommack ranked Thompson as the best quarterback after the first day of the Elite 11 finals.
Thompson was sharp from start to finish and I didn't see him miss a throw. He also looked good on the hoof and appears to have bulked up a little bit since the last time I saw him back in February. - Woody Wommack
Additionally, Sports Illustrated ranks him as the second-best performer of the camp, thus far, only behind five-star QB Caleb Williams.
After catching onlookers' attention based on an ideal frame, the Oregon commitment played the part with a big arm all evening long. Second and third level accuracy was sustained as the night wore on. - SI All-American
That wasn't the end of the praise coming from the staff at Sports Illustrated.
Oregon Commit Ty Thompson (Ariz.) was one of the most surprising prospecting in the eyes of the SI All-American team today. He was poised in the pocket, fluid in his release, and delivered the ball efficiently and effectively to all three levels of the field in each setting of the camp.
Then, Elite 11 head coach and Super Bowl Champion Trent Dilfer had high praise for the Arizona native, per 247Sports.
I thought Ty Thompson was really impressive. Very consistent. Like a kid, no matter what you ask him to do he did it well. What I like about Ty, he has a lot of different throws, I call it a throw catalog. He can throw it hard, soft, throw it early, throw it late, speed it up, he did a lot of really nice things. - Trent Dilfer
The Oregon commit spoke with 247Sports after being named to the finals of the Elite 11 competition, calling it "a dream come true."
“It was really just excitement and a dream come true to be selected,” Thompson said. “It’s been a goal of mine since I was little when I first picked up a football, so to get to compete at the Elite 11 Finals makes me super proud.
“I felt like I did very well in the Regional and I feel like it gives me a little momentum heading into the Finals, especially with the relationships I’ve been building with the coaches. That gives me a confidence boost, for sure. … Going into something like this and competing against the best quarterbacks in the nation, I really feel like I’m confident. The goal obviously is to come in and win, be the MVP for sure. But, if not, at least be in the top 11. That’s been my goal for this camp.”
Can he win MVP? Maybe. Thompson still has time to make more of an impression as the camp will continue through July 1, which then the top-11 performers of the invitation, and the MVP of the event, will be named.
UPDATE: The Elite 11 coaching staff has rated him at No. 4 after one day.https://twitter.com/Elite11/status/1278100092294135811
[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Ducks Podcast with host Jordan Kent and special guest Olympian Devon Allen].