The flock may be growing.
After what turned out to be an eventful week in Oregon recruiting as Mario Cristobal adds to the historic 2021 class, another domino has fallen, but this time for the 2022 class.
Four-star weakside defensive end and Oregon target Gracen Halton has announced he will commit on Wednesday, January 27th, at 4:50 pm. PT on his Instagram account.
The 6'4", 250-pound San Diego native announced his intention to commit on the 27th on January 15th when he unveiled his top 20 schools. USC, Tennessee, Nebraska, Michigan, Washington, Texas, Penn State, and Oregon State were among the other schools to land on the list.
All four crystal ball predictions on 247Sports have him selecting Oregon. He's rated as the nation's No. 12 weakside defensive-end and No. 198 overall player by composite ranking and No. 11 and No. 227 by 247Sports' rankings.
Halton picked up an Oregon offer more than a year ago on January 22nd, 2020.
Despite missing his junior high school football season due to COVID-19, Halton still made a name for himself winning the Big Man Challenge at the Under Armour Los Angeles event in February of last year.
"The class of 2022 prospect was the winner of the event's Big Man Challenge and looked nimble in capturing the crown," wrote Blair Angulo about Halton. "At 6-feet-4, 250 lbs., Halton was definitely one of the eye-catchers from a frame standpoint and he backed it up with the way he moved through drills. He maintained good leverage in pass-rush battles and easily gained ground by changing directions once he was engaged."
As a sophomore on varsity, Halton had 41 solo tackles, 12.0 tackles-for-loss and 3.5 sacks in 11 games.
You can watch his sophomore year highlights here.