The rumors of Oregon's death on the recruiting trail have been greatly exaggerated.
After having three decommitments in the 2021 recruiting class leading up to the early signing period on December 16th, some Ducks fans were worried that perhaps the 3-2 start has derailed some of Oregon's recruiting momentum.
Well, not so fast.
Mario Cristobal and the Oregon Ducks secured a commitment from four-star linebacker Jonathan Flowe Tuesday afternoon, one day ahead of when he can sign his letter of intent to play in Eugene, Oregon. You may know him as the younger brother of former five-star linebacker Justin Flowe from the 2020 recruiting class.
The 6'1", 200-pound prospect is a four-star linebacker via composite ranking and is the No. 13 outside linebacker in the nation, No. 218 player nationally.
Flowe joins Oregon's sixth-ranked recruiting class nationally per 247Sports Composite Rankings and the top class in the Pac-12.
Before Mario Cristobal was head coach of Oregon, the Ducks had never had the top ranked recruiting class in the Pac-12. Now, Cristobal will likely three-peat for the top class in the conference and Flowe's commitment just strengthens the lead on USC, who ranks second in the Pac-12 and 14th nationally.
Other linebackers committed to Oregon in this class are four-star Keith Brown, three-star Jabril McNeil and three-star Brandon Buckner.
Now, the Flowe brothers will be the latest pair of brothers to enroll in Eugene joining Marcus and Matt Mariota and Austin and Andrew Faoliu.
247Sports National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins projects Flowe as a Day 3 NFL Draft pick with a comparison of Nigel Bradham on the Eagles, who has multiple 100-tackle seasons in the NFL.
"Younger brother of 2020 linebacker Justin Flowe, and plays with a similar passion and energy," wrote Biggins. "Projects as an outside linebacker who can rush the passer, drop in coverage and is strong in run support. A good, not great athlete and can continue to improve his short area quickness and overall explosiveness. He’s a big hitter and loves contact and the physicality of the game. Plays through the whistle and has a non-stop motor. Very quick first step which allows him to excel as a pass rusher but frame wise, probably projects more as a weak side ‘backer in college. Should be an impact upper tier Power 5 starter and future high-mid-round NFL draft pick."