In 2020, Oregon signed the Pac-12's best recruiting class for the second consecutive year and while none of the true freshmen have played on the gridiron yet, one has made an impression of Mario Cristobal.
Jay Butterfield, the nation's No. 5 pro-style QB in 2020 according to 247Sports, appears to have won the third-string quarterback job behind redshirt sophomore Tyler Shough and graduate transfer Anthony Brown less than two weeks before the Ducks season opener.
"It's important to mention that Jay Butterfield has done a great job and has really started pushing ahead as a guy who can be counted on," said Cristobal Tuesday evening. "[He's] a guy that is getting the majority of the third-team reps."
Rivals' Recruiting Director Mike Farrell claimed the 6-foot-6, 212-pound signal-caller out of Brentwood, CA could be a future first-day NFL Draft selection during his recruitment process.
"Butterfield is a tall quarterback with a great frame to fill out who has a strong arm but can also move around a bit, " wrote Farrell. "He's raw, but his talents are evident and he could be a first-rounder down the line if he develops."
Since enrolling in Eugene, Butterfield has gained ten pounds since his high school measurements, a staple of freshmen entering Oregon's strength and conditioning program.
His last name may be familiar to longtime Oregon fans as Jay's father, Mark Butterfield, played at Stanford from 1992-1995, throwing for 2,533 passing yards, 19 touchdown passes and 9 interceptions on a 58.3% completion rate as a senior.
Butterfield isn't expected to play much, if at all, in 2020, but with Brown graduating, if Tyler Shough decides to enter the NFL Draft in 2021, then the starting quarterback gig could be his in 2021.