Who's Next? Looking at Oregon's top 2021 recruiting targets left
Oregon under Mario Cristobal has been operating at an unreal level, currently sitting at the No. 6 recruiting class nationally according to 247Sports.
But, they're not done yet.
Let's take a look at who hasn't committed to Oregon that the Ducks are hoping to persuade to become a man of Oregon.
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Five-star Defensive End
Weight: 265 pounds
Composite Ranking: No. 1 SDE, No. 1 Overall Player
Originally a Clemson commit, Foreman decommitted from the Tigers in April and Oregon has been making up ground for the nation's No, 1 overall recruit since.
Foreman listed the Ducks as one of his final seven teams, along with Georgia, USC, LSU, Clemson, Howard, and Alabama.
But it doesn't stop there. Rivals gave Oregon the second-best odds to land Foreman at 20%, only behind USC.
If Oregon can make it a battle against USC, that could work in their favor. The Ducks are defending Rose Bowl and Pac-12 Champions, and they blew out the Trojans in LA last season.
Four-star Offensive Guard
Weight: 315 pounds
Composite Ranking: No. 4 OG, No. 64 Overall Player
The Ducks have already received commitments from two four-star tackles and one four-star center, but Cristobal isn't done yet.
Bryce Foster, nicknamed "The Mountain" would be a monster get in the trenches for Oregon who wants to be the most physical team in the country.
Foster visited Eugene last summer during the Saturday Night Live camp and told Andrew Nemec that he likes "how they have started to put more emphasis on the offensive line. They have started to use the run game a lot and I love to see that.”
Four-star Wide Receiver
Weight: 185 pounds
Composite Ranking: No. 6 WR, No. 52 Overall Player
The Maryland native has been considered an Oregon lean for a while now, but he doesn't plan to commit until the Under Armor All-American Game on January 3rd.
He attended Oregon last summer during Saturday Night Live and later called the University his dream school.
“Oregon is one of my top schools right now. It was exactly what I thought it would be. It was mind-blowing. It was my first time ever. I’ve been wanting to come to this school since I was in the first grade, so it was a great memory for me.”
Five-star Defensive End
Weight: 277 pounds
Composite Ranking: No. 2 SDE, No. 2 Overall Player
The nation's No. 2 overall player resides in the Pacific Northwest in Bellevue, WA, but has been considered to be leaning towards Ohio State as his college destination with Washington and Oregon lagging behind.
With uncertainty around the current recruiting cycle, it may be hard to get him on campus ahead of the early signing period in December but you can never count out Mario Cristobal in a recruiting battle.
Especially one against Washington, a team that has lost to Oregon 14 of the last 16 seasons.
Four-star Offensive Tackle
Weight: 280 pounds
Composite Ranking: No. 10 OT, No. 59 Overall Player
Oregon must love the Sewell family. Not only has Penei turned into the best offensive lineman in the country, but they also gave Cristobal a five-star linebacker to work with in Noah Sewell.
Now in the 2021 class, enter Kingsley Suamataia who grew up so close with the Sewell family that he considers Penei and Noah as cousins.
Kingsley is seen as an Oregon lean especially with the pandemic limiting his ability to take visits to other schools.
Four-star Offensive Guard
Weight: 271 pounds
Composite Ranking: No. 7 OG, No. 119 Overall Player
Burton's currently considered an Ohio State lean with Kentucky, his home state, in second place but if Oregon misses out on Foster perhaps they shift their focus to Burton if he's still available.
After an unofficial visit to Oregon last year, he was impressed by the culture within the program and how they prioritize offensive line play.
“I think it’s different than almost every other college football program in that they understand the importance of O-linemen and prioritize them in a big way,” he said.
Three-star Defensive End
Weight: 230 pounds
Composite Ranking: No. 34 WDE, No. 500 Overall Player
Having received an Oregon offer in early July, Burkhalter has become seen as a heavy Oregon lean lately.
While only a three-star and the 500th best player in the country, his film tells a different story.
In his first season on the defensive side of the ball, he had 18 tackles for loss, and the ability to catch players from behind stands out.
Andy Avalos could have him thriving, playing a role similar to what La'Mar Winston Jr. did this past season.
Four-star Outside Linebacker
Weight: 203 pounds
Composite Ranking: No. 15 OLB, No. 236 Overall Player
With a final four of Cal, Oregon, Purdue and Wisconsin, it appears that the Ducks have the best football program and brand of the teams he is deciding between. However, crystal ball predictions indicate that it's a two-horse race between Wisconsin and Purdue at the moment.
He also has a commitment date set for August 9th so we'll find out, for sure, then.