National Signing Day ’20: Meet the new faces of the Oregon football program

National Signing Day ’20: Meet the new faces of the Oregon football program

Welcome to National Signing Day!

Here is a breakdown of the incoming 2020 Oregon football class in alphabetical order:

Name: MACEAL AFAESE

Position: Defensive Lineman 

Rank: 3-star

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 257 pounds

High School: Kapolei High School, Kapolei, Hawai’i

Accolades

Consensus three-star prospect and top-ranked defensive tackle in Hawaii. Ranked sixth overall in the state by ESPN and 58th nationally among defensive ends. The No. 9 overall prospect in Hawaii and the No. 54 defensive tackle in the nation according to 247Sports. Great size and speed.

How Afaese fits in to the other defensive linemen on Oregon’s roster:

With juniors Jordon Scott and Austin Faoliu deciding to return to Oregon for their senior seasons, the depth on the defensive line runs deep. Four of the eleven 2020 signees on defense are defensive linemen. Afaese will have the opportunity to learn and grow from some of the best.

Name: ROBBY ASHFORD

Position: Quarterback

Rank: 4-star

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 204 pounds

High School: Hoover High School, Hoover, Alabama

Accolades:

Rated the No. 13 dual threat quarterback in the country and No. 1 quarterback overall in Alabama by Rivals. Ranked eighth nationally among pocket passing quarterbacks and No. 147 overall nationally by ESPN. Selected to play in the 2020 Under Armour All-American Game. A 2020 Polynesian Bowl selection. Competed in the finals of the 2019 Elite 11 quarterback competition.

How Ashford fits in to the other quarterbacks on Oregon’s roster:

One of the biggest question marks coming into the 2020 season is who will be taking snaps at quarterback? Who is Justin Herbert’s heir? Tyler Shough has been sitting behind Herbert for the past two seasons, learning, growing and earning the backup spot. He has been groomed to be the next starter, but Ashford just may push him for that starting spot.

Name: TJ BASS

Position: Offensive Line

Rank: 4-star

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 334 pounds

High School: Mt. Baker High School, Deming, Washington / Butte College

Accolades:

The consensus top-ranked junior college offensive guard in the nation. Rated a four-star prospect and the No. 5 overall junior college player by Rivals. The No. 8-ranked junior college player in Washington by 247Sports. Named a JC All-American and ranked eighth overall by PrepStar.

How Bass fits in on Oregon’s roster:

The Ducks have graduated four of the five starters on their offensive line. Everyone except for Penei Sewell. Bass could come in and earn a starting spot right away.

Name: TREY BENSON

Position: Running Back

Rank: 3-star

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 204 pounds

High School: St. Joseph Catholic School, Greenville, Mississippi

Accolades:

A consensus three-star prospect by ESPN, 247Sports and Rivals. The 441st overall prospect by 247Sports. A consensus top 15 player from Mississippi. The top ranked running back in Mississippi by ESPN.

How Benson fits in on Oregon’s roster:

Good news for the Ducks as they return all of their running back room this season (minus Darrian Felix who transferred to University of South Florida): CJ Verdell, Travis Dye and Cyrus Habibi-Likio fell into a three-man rotation last season with a few appearances from Sean Dollars. This will be a close competition to watch for this spring and throughout fall camp.

Name: JAY BUTTERFIELD

Position: Quarterback

Rank: 4-star

Height: 6-foot-6

Weight: 202 pounds

High School: Liberty High School, Brentwood, California.

Accolades:

A consensus four-star and top 250 recruit by ESPN, 247Sports and Rivals. A top100 recruit by Rivals, ranking as the No. 82 overall prospect. Rated as the No. 109 overall player in the 247 Composite rankings and the No. 127 recruit by 247Sports.

How Butterfield fits in on Oregon’s roster:

One of the biggest question marks coming into the 2020 season is who will be taking snaps at quarterback? Who is Justin Herbert’s heir? Tyler Shough has been sitting behind Herbert for the past two seasons, learning, growing and earning the backup spot. He has been groomed to be the next starter, but Butterfield just may push him for that starting spot.

Name: JONATHAN DENIS

Position: Offensive Line

Rank: 4-star

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 279 pounds

High School: South Dade High School, Homestead, Florida

Accolades:

A consensus four-star prospect and top two offensive guard in Florida. Ranked the No. 6 offensive guard in the country and the 193rd-ranked overall prospect by Rivals. The 16th-ranked offensive guard nationally and the No. 58 overall prospect in the state by ESPN.

How Denis fits in on Oregon’s roster:

The Ducks have graduated four of the five starters on their offensive line. Everyone except for Penei Sewell. Denis could come in and earn a starting spot right away.

Name: JUSTIN FLOWE

Position: Linebacker

Rank: 5-star

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 225 pounds

High School: Upland High School, Upland, California

Accolades:

Named the Butkus Award 2019 high school winner. A member of the 2019 SI All-American Defensive Team. A consensus five-star prospect and top-10 rated player. Ranked as the No. 1 inside linebacker nationally by ESPN, 247Sports and Rivals. The No. 4 rated player overall by Rivals, while ranking fifth by 247 Composite, seventh by 247Sports and ninth by ESPN. The top-ranked recruit in California by both ESPN and 247 Composite, while ranking third by both Rivals and 247Sports. Selected to play in the 2020 All-American Bowl and the 2020 Polynesian Bowl.

How Flowe fits in on Oregon’s roster:

The Ducks have an immediate need to fill with graduates Troy Dye and La’Mar Winston Jr. off to the NFL. Flowe has an opportunity to fill those shoes right away. Oregon returns junior starter Isaac Slade-Matautia, alongside sophomore Andrew Johnson Jr., sophomore MJ Cunningham, sophomore Adrian Jackson, sophomore Made Funa and senior Sampson Niu among others.

Name: JJ GREENFIELD

Position: DB

Rank: 4-star

Height: 6-foot-0

Weight: 177 pounds

High School: Narbonne High School, Crenshaw, California

Accolades:

A four-star recruit by 247Sports, while ranking as a three star by ESPN, 247 Composite and Rivals. The 301st overall recruit by 247Sports. A consensus top-40 safety in the nation. The No. 27 safety in the country according to 247Sports, while checking in at No. 38 by 247 Composite, 39th by ESPN and 40th by Rivals at safety.

How Greenfield fits in on Oregon’s roster:

With juniors Thomas Graham Jr. and Deommodore Lenoir announcing they will return to Oregon for their senior seasons, the depth at defensive back is strong. The Ducks’ secondary will return Jevon Holland, Brady Breeze, Nick Pickett along with Graham Jr., Lenoir, Mykael Wright, DJ James, Daewood Davis and Verone McKinley III amongst others.

Name: MARCUS HARPER II

Position: Offensive Line

Rank: 3-star

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 290 pounds

High School: Homewood-Flossmoor High School, Chicago Heights, Illinois.

Accolades:

A consensus three-star and top 15 prospect in Illinois by 247Sports and Rivals. The top-ranked offensive guard in Illinois by both ESPN and Rivals. Ranked 33rd among offensive guards nationally and No. 11 overall in the state by Rivals.

How Harper III fits in on Oregon’s roster:

The Ducks have graduated four of the five starters on their offensive line. Everyone except for Penei Sewell. Harper II could come in and fight for a starting spot right away.

Name: LUKE HILL

Position: DB

Rank: 4-star

Height: 5-foot-11

Weight: 180 pounds

High School: St. Francis Academy, Temple Hills, Maryland.

Accolades:

A four-star recruit by ESPN, 247 Composite and Rivals. A three-star prospect by 247Sports. Ranked as a top-100 player (No. 95) by ESPN, 109th by Rivals and 142nd by 247 Composite. A top-10 cornerback in the nation by Rivals (No. 9), ESPN (No. 9) and the 247 Composite (No. 10). The No. 1 cornerback from Maryland according to ESPN, 247 Composite and Rivals.

How Hill fits in on Oregon’s roster:

With juniors Thomas Graham Jr. and Deommodore Lenoir announcing they will return to Oregon for their senior seasons, the depth at defensive back is strong. The Ducks’ secondary will return Jevon Holland, Brady Breeze, Nick Pickett along with Graham Jr., Lenoir, Mykael Wright, DJ James, Daewood Davis and Verone McKinley III amongst others.

Name: KRIS HUTSON

Position: WR

Rank: 4-star

Height: 5-foot-11

Weight: 175 pounds

High School: St. John Bosco High School, Compton, California.

Accolades:

A four-star recruit by 247Sports, 247 Composite and Rivals. The 99th-ranked overall player, the No. 18-ranked wide receiver in the nation and 14th-ranked player from California by Rivals. Consensus top-50 player from California according to the recruiting services. In addition to ranking No. 14 in California by Rivals, is the No. 29 player in the state by 247Sports, No. 38 by 247 Composite rankings and No. 45 by ESPN. No. 4 athlete in California by ESPN.

How Hutson fits in on Oregon’s roster:

The Ducks didn’t heavily recruit at the wide receiver position this offseason. They return starters Johnny Johnson III and Jaylon Redd as well as Mycah Pittman, Bryan Addison, Justin Collins and Josh Delgado. Ducks fans will finally get to see JR Waters, Lance Wilhoite and Isaah Crocker this season along with transfer Devon Williams. Hutson is the sole wide receiver in this 2020 class coming in this season, but brings a lot of speed and shiftiness with him.

Name: JAYLAN JEFFERS

Position: Offensive Lineman

Rank: 3-star

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 261 pounds

High School: Saguaro High School, Scottsdale, Arizona.

Accolades:

A consensus three-star recruit. Ranked 11th overall in Arizona and the No. 2 offensive tackle in the state by both ESPN and 247Sports. Rated the No. 34 offensive tackle in the nation by 247Sports. Received PrepStar All-Western Region recognition.

How Jeffers fits in on Oregon’s roster:

The Ducks have graduated four of the five starters on their offensive line. Everyone except for Penei Sewell. Jeffers could come in and fight for a starting spot right away.

Name: JACKSON LADUKE

Position: Linebacker

Rank: 4-star

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 217 pounds

High School: Spanish Springs High School, Sparks, Nevada.

Accolades:

The consensus top-ranked outside linebacker in Nevada by ESPN, 247Sports and Rivals. A four-star prospect and ranked 22nd nationally among outside linebackers by Rivals. Rated a top-five overall recruit in the state by 247Sports and Rivals. The 33rd-ranked outside linebacker nationally and No. 448 overall in the country by 247Sports.

How Laduke fits in on Oregon’s roster:

The Ducks have an immediate need to fill with graduates Troy Dye and La’Mar Winston Jr. off to the NFL. Laduke has an opportunity to fill those shoes right away, but is also recruited alongside Justin Flowe and Noah Sewell. Oregon returns junior starter Isaac Slade-Matautia, alongside sophomore Andrew Johnson Jr., sophomore MJ Cunningham, sophomore Adrian Jackson, sophomore Made Funa and senior Sampson Niu among others.

Name: FAAOPE LALOULU

Position: Offensive Lineman

Rank: 3-star

Height: 6-foot-7

Weight: 390 pounds

High School: Farrington High School, Honolulu, Hawai’i.

Accolades:

A consensus three-star prospect. Rated the No. 46 offensive tackle in the nation and No. 10 overall prospect in Hawaii by 247Sports. The consensus second-ranked offensive tackle in Hawaii. Selected to play in the 2020 Polynesian Bowl.

How Laloulu fits in on Oregon’s roster:

Depth at defensive line won’t be an issue this upcoming season for Oregon. The Ducks return Jordon Scott and Austin Faoliu for their senior seasons and just signed four-star prospect Jayson Jones on National Signing Day. But Laloulu’s size alone make for an interesting prospect.

Name: JADEN NAVARRETTE

Position: Linebacker

Rank: 4-star

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 233 pounds

High School: Norco High School, Norco, California.

Accolades:

A consensus four-star prospect and top-20 athlete in the nation. Rated the No. 9-ranked athlete in the country and 27th-ranked player overall in California by Rivals. The top-ranked athlete in California and No. 17 in the nation at his position by ESPN. Ranked 12th among athletes nationally and No. 27 overall in the state by 247Sports.

How Navarrette fits in on Oregon’s roster:

The Ducks have an immediate need to fill with graduates Troy Dye and La’Mar Winston Jr. off to the NFL. Navarrette has an opportunity to fill those shoes right away, but is also recruited alongside Justin Flowe and Noah Sewell. Oregon returns junior starter Isaac Slade-Matautia, alongside sophomore Andrew Johnson Jr., sophomore MJ Cunningham, sophomore Adrian Jackson, sophomore Made Funa and senior Sampson Niu among others.

Name: NOAH SEWELL

Position: Linebacker

Rank: 5-star

Height: 6-foot-2

Weight: 266 pounds

High School: Orem High School, Orem, Utah.

Accolades:

Named “Mr. Football” for Utah by The Deseret News. One of 15 Butkus Award 2019 High School semifinalists. A finalist for the 2019 Polynesian High School Player of the Year. A five-star recruit by 247Sports, 247 Composite and Rivals. A four-star listing by ESPN.

How Sewell fits in on Oregon’s roster:

The Ducks have an immediate need to fill with graduates Troy Dye and La’Mar Winston Jr. off to the NFL. Navarrette has an opportunity to fill those shoes right away, but is also recruited alongside Justin Flowe, Jackson Laduke and Jaden Navarrette. Oregon returns junior starter Isaac Slade-Matautia, alongside sophomore Andrew Johnson Jr., sophomore MJ Cunningham, sophomore Adrian Jackson, sophomore Made Funa and senior Sampson Niu among others.

Name: JAKE SHIPLEY

Position: Defensive Lineman

Rank: 3-star

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 271 pounds

High School: Shadow Hill High School, Indio, California.

Accolades:

A consensus three-star prospect and top-five strong-side defensive end in California. Rated the No. 44 overall strong-side defensive end in the country by 247Sports and the No. 87 overall prospect in the state.

How Shipley fits in on Oregon’s roster:

Depth at defensive line won’t be an issue this upcoming season for Oregon. The Ducks return Jordon Scott and Austin Faoliu for their senior seasons and just signed four-star prospect Jayson Jones on National Signing Day. Four of the eleven 2020 signees on defense are defensive linemen. Shipley will have the opportunity to learn and grow from some of the best.

Name: JAYLEN SMITH

Position: Defensive Lineman

Rank: 3-star

Height: 6-foot-5

Weight: 266 pounds

High School: Hertford County High School, Ahoskie, North Carolina.

Accolades:

A consensus three-star prospect and top-five defensive tackle in North Carolina. Ranked 19th overall in the state and 57th nationally among defensive tackles by Rivals. The No. 47-ranked defensive tackle in the nation and 22nd-ranked overall prospect in North Carolina by ESPN.

How Smith fits in on Oregon’s roster:

Depth at defensive line won’t be an issue this upcoming season for Oregon. The Ducks return Jordon Scott and Austin Faoliu for their senior seasons and just signed four-star prospect Jayson Jones on National Signing Day. Four of the eleven 2020 signees on defense are defensive linemen. Smith will have the opportunity to learn and grow from some of the best.

Name: BRADYN SWINSON

Position: Defensive Lineman

Rank: 3-star

Height: 6-foot-4

Weight: 257 pounds

High School: Chapel Hill High School, Douglasville, Georgia.

Accolades:

Rated a top-five strongside defensive end in Georgia by 247Sports and Rivals. Ranked 22nd nationally at his position and No. 47 overall in the state by 247Sports. The 25th-ranked strongside defensive end in the country and No. 52 overall prospect in Georgia according to Rivals.

How Swinson fits in on Oregon’s roster:

Depth at defensive line won’t be an issue this upcoming season for Oregon. The Ducks return Jordon Scott and Austin Faoliu for their senior seasons and just signed four-star prospect Jayson Jones on National Signing Day. Four of the eleven 2020 signees on defense are defensive linemen. Swinson will have the opportunity to learn and grow from some of the best.

Name: BENNETT WILLIAMS

Position: DB

Rank: 3-star

Height: 6-foot-0

Weight: 200 pounds

High School: St. Francis High School, Campbell, California / College of San Mateo / Illinois 

At College of San Mateo:

Named California Community College All-State and All-American as a sophomore. Also earned all-conference honors. Named PrepStar JC All-American with an overall No. 47 ranking among junior college players.

At Illinois:

Earned ESPN.com Freshman All-American honors. Named to the BTN. com Freshman Team. Played in 11 games with seven starts at safety.

How Williams fits in on Oregon’s roster:

With juniors Thomas Graham Jr. and Deommodore Lenoir announcing they will return to Oregon for their senior seasons, the depth at defensive back is strong. The Ducks’ secondary will return Jevon Holland, Brady Breeze, Nick Pickett along with Graham Jr., Lenoir, Mykael Wright, DJ James, Daewood Davis and Verone McKinley III amongst others.

4-star DT Jayson Jones flips from Alabama to Oregon, Mario Cristobal

4-star DT Jayson Jones flips from Alabama to Oregon, Mario Cristobal

Is any commit “really safe” with Mario Cristobal on the prowl? 

The third-year Oregon football coach has proven time and time again that his recruiting skills are some of the best in the country. 

Today is no different. Four-star defensive tackle Jayson Jones has flipped his commitment from the Alabama Crimson Tide to Mario Cristobal and the Oregon Ducks.

https://twitter.com/KyleWVTM13/status/1225152158116589569?s=20

Jones took an official visit to the University of Oregon January 24-26 and afterwards said he had a very tough decision ahead of him. Instead of signing with the Crimson Tide during the early signing period, Jones took two additional visits in the month of January: Baylor and Oregon. 

He will sign on National Signing Day on February 5th.

Last week, head coach Mario Cristobal, offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead and defensive line coach Joe Fagaofe Salave'a all made the trip to try and secure a commitment from the defensive tackle.

In his senior season, Jones totaled 52.5 tackles with 16 tackles for a loss and seven sacks. 

HOW HE FITS INTO OREGON

At 6-foot-6, 340 pounds, Jones demands double teams in the trenches. For size comparison, starting nosetackle Jordon Scott is 6-foot-1, 322 pounds. With Scott's announcement that he will return for his senior season to Oregon (along with Thomas Graham Jr., Deommodore Lenoir and Austin Faoliu), the depth in Oregon's defensive line is stellar. Jones and Scott alongside Faoliu and Kayvon Thibodeaux is quite the package.

The best early signing day announcement goes to Faaope Laloulu and his Hawaiian leis

The best early signing day announcement goes to Faaope Laloulu and his Hawaiian leis

One of the best parts about early national signing day are the entertaining, funny, outrageous announcements. There's hype videos and nationally televised announcements with packed gymnasiums.

Offensive tackle Faaope Laloulu wins best announcement of the future Oregon Ducks who put pen to paper on Wednesday.

[READ: Defensive monsters, skilled weapons, big men in the trenches: How Oregon’s 2020 class is filling needs]

Laloulu is the largest commit of Oregon’s 2020 class (listed at 6-foot-7, 390 pounds) and his frame allowed for an impressive stack of Hawaiian leis.

The lei, an important part of Hawaiian culture, signifies arrival and is a common symbol of love, friendship, celebration and honor. Laloulu’s mound of leis came up past his chin, which must mean the athlete is very loved.

Oregon coach Mario Cristobal singled Laloulu out as a player he is very excited for, he also added that his measurements may have been understated.

He’s the first human being that has made Joe Salave’a look small. It looked like Joe was his mini-me. He’s a humongous human being.

Cristobal added he will need to condition to be able to sustain high-level of play for extended plays but that his upside is tremendous. Coach Mirabal Facetime’d Cristobal from Laloulu’s home visit in Hawaii.

The feast that they had out for him was epic. They’re really happy to join this family. We can’t wait to have him here.

Defensive monsters, skilled weapons, big men in the trenches: How Oregon’s 2020 class is filling needs

Defensive monsters, skilled weapons, big men in the trenches: How Oregon’s 2020 class is filling needs

Oregon’s 2020 recruiting class is taking shape and it is already making history. A step back reveals the bigger picture, Oregon coach Mario Cristobal’s recruiting prowess is tangible and thriving. In Oregon’s graduating senior class, the Ducks will lose quarterback Justin Herbert, linebacker Troy Dye and four starting offensive linemen. This special group of seniors are leaving the future of Oregon football in the hands of upcoming leaders, while the incoming freshmen, who Cristobal referenced as "game changers", will bolster the roster .

The secret sauce is being real. We have a tremendous passion for the University of Oregon. We all feel, without a shred of doubt, that this is the best place in the entire country. - Mario Cristobal

With the 2020 class (which isn’t completely settled until February), Cristobal filled needs on the roster with skilled weapons, defensive monsters and big men in the trenches.

Skilled Weapons

Quarterback

Justin Herbert will play his last game as a Duck in the Rose Bowl vs. Wisconsin. Herbert’s likely heir could be redshirt freshman Tyler Shough, who has flashed his skill and talent from the Spring Game to the Nevada game and beyond as Oregon’s back-up. However, having some competition (also add freshman Cale Millen) for the starting role is ideal. Whoever Iearns QB1 status will face Ohio State in Oregon’s second game of the 2020 season.

Enter four-star pro-style quarterback Jay Butterfield. Butterfield is the highest-ranked quarterback to commit to the Ducks since Kellen Clemens in 2003 and the Pac-12 highest-rated quarterback commitment in the 2020 class. The No. 3 pro-style quarterback in the nation is 6-foot-6, 202-pounds and Cristobal called him, 

One of the better players in the country.

According to Cristobal, Butterfield is enrolling early and the competition will be open for what he expects will be intense spring practices. Butterfield could push Shough for the job, or possibly win it. If he doesn’t, the two-year difference is large enough that Butterfield could be groomed to take over after Shough. Oregon also added the No. 10 dual-threat quarterback in the nation, Robby Ashford.

Receiver

Oregon keeps all of its starting wide receivers except for grad-transfer Juwan Johnson, so landing four-star receiver Kris Hutson is a bonus. Hutson committed to Oregon on the morning of the spring game after being being committed to USC, originially.

The Bellflower (Cal.) St. John Bosco High School wide receiver will instantly add to Oregon’s depth at receiver with a chance to contribute right away. He's 5-foot-11, 175-pounds and is a talented receiver who displays excellent route running abilities as Oregon’s top-rated receiver from the 2020 class.

Defensive Monsters

Linebacker

The Ducks’ leading tackler for the past three seasons, inside linebacker Troy Dye, is headed for the NFL and it appears UO has found worthy candidates to fill the void left by him. Oregon also loses senior Bryson Young to graduation.

Enter two five-star inside linebackers, Justin Flowe and Noah Sewell. Both commits are among the top-10 recruits in Oregon football history, coming together for a scary (at least) three seasons together. Also, Oregon added three-star linebacker Jackson LaDuke.

I’ve never been around a caliber of linebacking class like that. Their block-destruction capabilities are phenomenal. These guys are game changers. - Mario Cristobal

Watching how defensive coordinator Andy Avalos pairs Flowe and Sewell with an already dominating front seven, plus defensive end Kayvon Thibodeax (2019’s No. 1 recruit who is breaking records

and wreaking havoc) will be prime time college football.

Oregon has landed three (Thibodeaux, Flowe, Sewell) five-star defensive players in back-to-back classes for the first time ever.

Sewell could earn a starting spot instantly, much like his older brother Penei Sewell, who earned the starting left tackle spot as a freshman. Noah Sewell’s obvious athleticism for his size already projects him as an early NFL draft pick.

Flowe will also certainly threaten to start immediately. The relentless athlete is “one of the most physical football players to come out of California in years,” according to 247Sports evaluation. Flowe recorded 123 total tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, one interception, five forced fumbles and 13 quarterback hurries in his senior season.

Big men in the trenches

The Ducks will lose four offensive line starters at the end of this season. Shane Lemieux, Calvin Throckmorton, Jake Hanson, Dallas Warmack and Brady Aiello are leaving (literal) big shoes to fill as a dominant force up front that has attributed to much of the Ducks recent success.

Oregon added five new offensive linemen in 2020 to help fill the trenches. As a former offensive lineman, Cristobal made this a priority.

Trenches were addressed with size, length, explosiveness, recover-ability. -Cristobal

In Oregon’s 2020 class is: four-star offensive guard Jonathan Denis, three-star offensive guard T.J. Bass, three-star offensive tackle Jaylan Jeffers, three-star offensive guard Marcus Harper and three-star offensive tackle Faaope Laloulu.

The importance of adding to the offensive line depth cannot be overstated. Each of these five athletes walks into a prime situation to contribute right away. The strength of Bass, the size of Laloulu (390 pounds) and agility of Jeffers make those three very interesting prospects for the next season.

Cristobal has lived up to his reputation has an elite recruiter. Currently, Oregon is within striking distance of cracking the top-10 again. The 2020 class is ranked No. 16 by 247sports and No. 11 by Rivals, with a couple months before the classes are settled in February.

The second-year head coach led Oregon to sign the nation’s No. 13 class in 2018 according to 247Sports, just under two months after being named the head coach. A year later, Cristobal and his staff landed the highest-ranked class in program history at No. 6 by ESPN, marking the first time Oregon has ever had the top class in the Pac-12.

It appears the 2020 class is headed towards the same success, which is showing obvious dividends for the Pac-12 Champion Ducks as they prepare for their first Rose Bowl since 2014.

Oregon strikes gold with Justin Flowe: Makes history, high-ceiling impact

Oregon strikes gold with Justin Flowe: Makes history, high-ceiling impact

The Oregon Ducks just landed one of their highest 2020 recruiting class targets on the board. Five-star linebacker Justin Flowe’s commitment to UO catapults the Ducks into possible top-10 class territory (which would likely usurp Washington for No. 1 in the Pac-12 Conference), makes history and provides a high-ceiling player possible of instant defensive impact.

Flowe makes history

Flowe’s commitment is a testimony that Oregon coach Mario Cristobal will continue to bolster and emphasize his physical defense. Oregon’s 15.7 points allowed per game in 2019 is the lowest in school history since 1966, holding 12 of 13 opponents under their season scoring average. 

Flowe is nation’s No. 1 inside linebacker and the No. 4 overall prospect in the 2020 signing class, according to 247Sports.

Flowe became the second highest-rated recruit in program history for Oregon, behind only true freshman defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux.  His commitment cements Oregon with the second consecutive class where the Ducks land the best-rated player in California (Thibodeaux) and he joins Noah Sewell as another five-star linebacker in the current class.

It was the best for me, personally. I feel like I’ll thrive in that program.

-Justin Flowe

The Ducks have their four highest-rated linebackers in program history currently enrolled or committed to UO (2020 commit Noah Sewell, true freshman Mase Funa and class of 2021 recruit Keith Brown).

Under Cristobal, Oregon has landed back-to-back classes with a five-star defensive player for the first time in UO history; Thibodeaux in 2019 and Sewell and Flowe in 2020.

Flying with the Ducks

With Clemson adding a five-star linebacker Trenton Simpson over the weekend, Oregon was in a battle with USC for Flowe’s commitment. Entering early national signing day, Flowe was the nation’s top uncommitted prospect.

(Oregon) feels like I can come in and make an instant impact. I’m just going to go in and be ready to work. I’m going to play hard.

-Justin Flowe

The Upland, Calif. native received offers from the majority of top-tier programs and narrowed his choices to Clemson, USC, Miami and Oregon. The Ducks emerged as the leader but Flowe took an official visit to USC the final weekend before early signing day, and the Trojans jumped into his top-two after not being in his top-four earlier in the season. 

Flowe’s possible instant impact

Seniors Troy Dye and La’Mar Winston Jr. graduate this season, opening up playing at linebacker alongside Isaac Slade-Matautia. Flowe could step in right away and continue the upward trajectory the defense has been on the last few seasons. 

The 6-foot-2, 225-pound athlete has a verified 4.68-second time in the 40-yard dash, 4.38 in the shuttle and a 34-inch vertical jump. In his senior season, he recorded 123 total tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, one interception, five forced fumbles and 13 quarterback hurries.

He’s a huge hitter and one of the most physical football players to come out of California in years. He’s relentless in how he plays, refuses to stay blocked and does a great job in pursuit. He’s tremendous getting in the backfield and making plays. Has rare timing and instincts.

-Evaluation from 247 Sports

 

Flowe will join a loaded Duck front seven, with Jordon Scott, Austin Faoliu, DJ Johnson, Slade-Matautia, Thibodeaux, Funa, Sewell, and now Flowe. Plus, in next year's 2021 class the Ducks add in-state talent Brown, the nation's top rated inside linebacker. Defensive Coordinator Andy Avalos will have plenty of elite talent to play with in the years to come. 

Locks and questions when it comes to the Oregon State 2020 recruiting class

Locks and questions when it comes to the Oregon State 2020 recruiting class

Happy early National Signing week!

Starting on Wednesday, December 18, high school athletes across the country will sign his or her letter of intent for the next four years or so of their academic and athletic career. 

The Oregon State Beavers currently hold the No. 46 2020 recruiting class and No. 8 in the Pac-12 Conference, according to 247 Sports. The Beavs are prepared to sign their highest rated signing class since the 2013 season.

Here is a breakdown of the locks, long-shots and everything in-between looking at the future of the Oregon State football program.

LOCKS:

QB Chance Nolan - The 6-foot-2, 186 pound JUCO transfer quarterback will be eligible right away and plans to enroll in January to compete with Gebbia for the starting job left behind by Jake Luton. 

[RELATED]: Beavers land JUCO QB Chance Nolan

RB Isaiah Newell - Committed on Aug 15. The 6-foot-3, 215 pound athlete from Walnut Creek, Calif. ranks No. 30 in the nation at his position.

According to Jared Halus, Isaiah Newell has been locked in since committing over the summer and said, “This class we have coming in is insane." 

QB Ben Gulbranson - The No. 31 ranked pro style quarterback. Gulbranson is 6-foot-3, 210 pounds from Newbury Park, Calif.

Check out a list of Oregon State’s other commits from Ron Callan

STILL QUESTIONABLE:

DE Alex Lemon - JUCO commit. No. 3 ranked SDE. The 6-foot-4, 275-pound SDE committed back on June 23.

CB Rejzohn Wright - The No. 5 ranked JUCO corner and has family ties to the Oregon State: Sophomore brother defensive back Nashon Wright and cousin of JUCO commit Alton Julian. 

Wright took a late official visit to Central Florida over the weekend.

Locks, long-shots and everything in-between when it comes to the Oregon 2020 recruiting class

Locks, long-shots and everything in-between when it comes to the Oregon 2020 recruiting class

Happy early National Signing week!

Starting on Wednesday, December 18, high school athletes across the country will sign his or her letter of intent for the next four years or so of their academic and athletic career. 

The Oregon Ducks currently hold the No. 16 2020 recruiting class in the nation, according to 247 Sports.

Here is a breakdown of the locks, long-shots and everything in-between looking at the future of the Oregon football program.

LOCKS:

Noah Sewell (ILB) - Five-star inside linebacker from Orem, Utah. The younger brother of sophomore offensive lineman Penei Sewell. The 6-foot-2, 266-pound linebacker is the top player to come out of the state of Utah, the tenth five-star athlete to commit to Oregon, the No. 2 inside linebacker recruit and No. 20 overall in the nation. Sewell is the highest rated commitment at his position in program history. 

Could Sewell fill the shoes of senior Troy Dye? 

Jay Butterfield (QB) - The No. 3 ranked pro-style quarterback remained committed to the Ducks after offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo left to take the head coaching job at UNLV.

Luke Hill (CB) - A four-star corner from St. Frances Academy in Baltimore, Maryland. Hill is 5-foot-11, 180-pounds and ranked as the No. 10 corner in the nation.

Other commits:

Myles Slusher (S), Kris Hutson (WR), Jaden Navarrette (ATH), Jonathan Denis (OG), T.J. Bass (OG), Jackson LaDuke (OLB), Trey Benson (RB), Jaylan Jeffers (OT), Jared Greenfield (S), Bradyn Swinson (SDE), Marcus Harper (OG), Bennett Williams (S), Jaylen Smith (DT), Maceal Afaese (DT), Jake Shipley (SDE), Seth Figgins (TE), Peter Latu (OLB), Faaope Laloulu (OT).

LONG-SHOTS:

CJ Stroud - The No. 2 ranked pro-style quarterback from Rancho Cucamonga, CA. The trail may have gone cold for Stroud with Arroyo, who recruiting Stroud, departing for the head coaching position at UNLV, plus the No. 3 ranked pro-style quarterback Jay Butterfield sticking with his commitment to the Ducks.

Gary Bryant Jr. - The No. 10 ranked wide receiver in the nation and No. 7 ranked player from the state of California. The Ducks already have three wide receiver commits, so Bryant, at 5-foot-10, 164 pounds may not have Oregon at the top of his list. Plus, the Ducks return two starters from this season in juniors Johnny Johnson III and Jaylon Redd.

EVERYTHING IN-BETWEEN:

Justin Flowe. The No. 1 ranked linebacker in the nation.

[RELATED]: How one recruit’s commitment to Clemson could tip the scales for a top-tier recruit to Oregon

It all started when Trenton Simpson, the No. 2 rated linebacker in the country, committed to Clemson on Saturday, December 14. All eyes then turned to Flowe, who narrowed down his recruiting to four schools on August 2: Clemson, Georgia, Oregon and Miami. Now with Simpson at Clemson, Flowe may want to take his talents somewhere else… Like Oregon….

Imagine Flowe alongside other five-star 2020 recruit Noah Sewell (the younger brother of Penei Sewell)

Kelee Ringo. The No. 1 ranked cornerback in the nation. Ringo is 6-foot-2, 205 pounds from Scottsdale, Arizona and has narrowed down his recruitment to Georgia, Oregon, Ohio State, Texas and USC. Of note, Ringo will announce his college decision on January 4 during the Adidas All-American Bowl, which will be televised live at 10 a.m. PT on NBC.

[RELATED]: A picture worth a thousand words: What this photo means is more than just another Oregon recruiting visit

Follow our Oregon Insider Bri Amaranthus this week for more Oregon football recruiting news

Time to re-Build The Dam: 2018 National Signing Day

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Time to re-Build The Dam: 2018 National Signing Day

After finishing 0-9 in the PAC-12 conference, the Oregon State Beavers football team will look a bit different next season. A complete rebuild of the coaching staff, the hiring of former player Jonathan Smith to build the dam as head coach, and bringing back a familiar face to the crowd in assistant head coach Mike Riley (OSU head coach from 1997-1998, 2003-2014), the Beavers are starting this next season off from scratch. On this National Signing Day, Beavers football have signed 11 new committs to their roster.

Here is a list of their commits:

 

 

A detailed look at the Beavers 2017 recruiting class

A detailed look at the Beavers 2017 recruiting class

JUNIOR COLLEGE SIGNEES

Player | Pos. | HT, WT | Hometown | JC/JC Coach / High School/HS Coach)

Clay Cordasco | OL | 6-6, 330 | Cornish, Maine | Los Angeles Valley JC/Robert Tucker/ Kennett HS/Mike Holderman

Craig Evans | DT | 6-3, 330 | Sun Prairie, Wis. | Arizona Western CC/Tom Minnick / Sun Prairie HS/Brian Kaminski

Jake Luton | QB | 6-6, 230 | Marysville, Wash. | Ventura College/Steve Mooshagian / Marysville-Pilchuck HS/Rudy Grandbois

Justin Sattelmaier | OL | 6-7, 310 | Temecula, Calif. | Palomar CC/Joe Early/ Temecula Valley HS/Rick Mey

Aaron Short | WR | 6-0, 200 | Fairfield, Calif | Sierra College/Ben Noonan /Rodriguez HS/Berwyn Hutcherson

 

HIGH SCHOOL SIGNEES

Player | Pos. | HT, WT | Hometown | High School HS Coach

Kesi Ah-Hoy | ILB | 6-0, 215 | Kahuku, Hawai’i | Kahuku HS/Vavae Tata

Quantino “Tino” Allen | WR | 5-11, 200 | Belle Glade, Fla. | Glades Central HS/Rick Casko

Benjamin “BJ” Baylor | RB | 6-0, 190 | Wharton, Texas | Wharton HS/Tim Finn

Josh Bowcut | OL | 6-6, 290 | Sherwood, Ore. | Sherwood HS/Greg Lawrence

Jaelen Bush | DE | 6-6, 225 | Lacey, Wash. | Timberline HS/Mike Spears

Onesimus Clarke | OG | 6-4, 325 | Waianae, Hawai’i | Waianae HS/Walter Young

TraJon Cotton | S | 6-1, 185 | Sacramento, Calif. | Inderkum HS/Terry Stark

Isaiah Dunn | CB | 6-0, 175 | Antioch, Calif. | Antioch HS/John Lucido

Arex “Champ” Flemings |WR |5-6, 150 |Altadena, Calif. | Cathedral HS/Kevin Pearson

Justin Gardner |CB | 6-1, 170 | Charlotte, N.C. | Shiloh HS (Ga.)/Ryan Andrews

Kaleb Hayes | CB | 6-0, 175 | San Bernardino, Calif | San Gorgonio HS/Ron Gueringer

Isaiah Hodgins | WR | 6-4, 210 | Oakley, Calif. | Berean Christian HS/James Hodgins

Travis Mackay | OT | 6-6, 270 | Portland, Ore. | Central Catholic HS/Steve Pyne

Jeffrey Manning, Jr. | S | 6-1, 195 | Lakewood, Calif. | Cathedral HS/Kevin Pearson

David Morris | S | 6-3, 200 | Sherwood, Ore. | Sherwood HS/Greg Lawrence

Kolby Taylor | WR | 5-11, 195 | Chandler, Ariz. | Chandler HS/Shaun Aguano

Calvin Tyler | RB | 5-9, 190 | Beaumont, Texas | Silsbee HS/Randy Smith

Charles “Moku” Watson | S |6-2, 180 | Wahiawa, Hawai’i | Leilehua HS/Nolan Tokudo

Brock Wellsfry | OG | 6-6, 285 | Pasco, Wash. | Hanford HS/Brett Jay

Aidan Willard | QB |6-2, 185 | Napa, Calif. | Justin-Siena HS/Brandon LaRocco

 

JUNIOR COLLEGE SIGNEES

 

Clay Cordasco, OL, 6-6, 330, Cornish, Maine, Los Angeles Valley JC/Kennett HS) -- @clay_cordasco

Started both years in junior college at either right or left tackle … will have two years to play two seasons … second team all-conference selection last year … four-year varsity football player, his senior year at Kennett High School in Maine and the previous three years at Sacopee High School in New Hampshire … invited to play in the east-west New Hampshire all-star bowl following his senior season … honorable mention all-state as a senior … two years of playing eligibility remaining after redshirting as a true freshman … also attended Pierce Community College, where he played in 2015 … Cordasco on his strengths, courtesy of Recruiting News Guru -- “One of my strengths at offensive tackle is my good hand speed. My other strengths are my pass protection and foot speed. I am agile for a big guy. I played offensive tackle all the way through high school. I switched to left tackle at Pierce and I stuck there. That was my first time playing left tackle” … contemplating a career in criminal justice … involved in community service.

 

Craig Evans, DT, 6-3, 330, Sun Prairie, Wis. & Jackson, Miss. (Arizona Western CC/Michigan State/Sun Prairie HS)

Four-star junior college defensive tackle by Rivals … ranked in Scout’s JuCo Top 100 … registered 58 tackles, including 18.5 tackles-for-loss, and 5.5 sacks in his lone season at Arizona Western … originally signed with Michigan State as a four-star defensive tackle out of high school spending two seasons with the Spartans … played in all 14 games as a redshirt freshman at MSU in 2015 recording 21 tackles, including 3.5 tackles-for-loss, and one sack … named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team by BTN.com and ESPN.com … played three games as a true freshman before missing the remainder of the season due to injury and using his redshirt year … selected to the USA Football roster for the 2014 U.S. Under-19 National Team against Team Canada in the International Bowl series … participated in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Orlando … ranked as one of the nation’s top players by several recruiting services out of Sun Prairie HS … named the top recruit in the state of Wisconsin by Rivals and on the Detroit Free Press Best of the Midwest list … named to PrepStar’s All-Midwest Team … four-year starter at Sun Prairie for coach Brian Kaminski … two-time first-team all-state selection by Associated Press and Wisconsin Football Coaches Association … registered 71 tackles including 15 tackles-for-loss with six sacks as a senior … will have two seasons to play two when he arrives in Corvallis.

 

Jake Luton, QB, 6-6, 230, Marysville, Wash. (Ventura College/Idaho/Marysville-Pilchuck HS) --@JakeLuton7

Considered a consensus three-star junior college quarterback … named as a Junior College All-American … ranked among the ESPN top JC 50 recruits … ranked in Scout’s JuCo Top 100 … set Ventura College school-records – both season and career – with 3,551 passing yards and passing touchdowns with 40 scores in 2016 … in addition, he rushed for 175 yards and six touchdowns … led Ventura to the playoffs in his only season … originally signed with Idaho playing in four games as a redshirt freshman in 2015 … completed 49-78 passes for 383 yards and one touchdown for the Vandals and also ran for five TDs … displayed passing and running ability at MPHS, a school with a history of rushing the ball … led Marysville-Pilchuck to the Wesco 3A league championship as a senior … completed 7-9 passes for 137 yards and three touchdowns in the championship game becoming the school’s top passer ever … threw for over 1,300 yards and picked up 450 yards on the ground as a junior … will have two seasons to play two … Luton on choosing Oregon State, “Oregon State overall fits me well as a player, person and student. It really resonates with me that Coach Andersen and his staff are straight shooters. I feel as though they’ve been open and honest with me throughout this process and from speaking with players and people around the program he’s a genuine guy who truly cares about his players.”

 

Justin Sattelmaier, OL, 6-7, 310, Temecula, Calif. (Palomar CC/Western Oregon/Temecula Valley HS) -- @jsattelmaier

Justin is ranked in Scout’s JuCo Top 100 … unanimous first team all-conference as the left tackle at Palomar in 2016 … earned two letters in football and three in wrestling at Temecula Valley HS … originally went to Western Oregon University to play football, using his redshirt season in 2015, before transferring to Palomar College where he played in 2016 under coach Joe Early … will have three years to play three seasons … was an Honor Roll student at Temecula Valley … earned all-state academic team honors in wrestling and was the Southwestern League champion in the heavyweight division under head wrestling coach Arnold Alpert … two-time CIF heavyweight champion … Sattelmaier on why he chose Oregon State – “I chose Oregon State because I really like the coaching staff and their philosophy. I believe that they are taking the program in the right direction and that’s something I want to be a part of” … Sattelmaier on what stood out during the recruiting process with OSU – “The thing that stood out most is how much they cared for their players and focused on so much more than just football. It was about football obviously and turning it around but they focus so much on grades and after football making sure the players are young men with jobs that contribute to society. That stood out to me as these coaches were different and someone who I wanted to play for and develop with.”

 

Aaron Short, WR, 6-1, 200, Fairfield, Calif. (Sierra College/Rodriguez HS) -- @Kingshort15

Played at Sierra College last year after attending College of San Mateo for two years – played his sophomore year … will have two years to play two seasons … scored seven touchdowns last season, the second-highest total in the NorCal Division … played a shortened season last year due to an injury … played on the varsity team two years at Rodriguez HS, earning team MVP as a senior and the offensive player of the year as a junior … first team all-league as a senior and second team as a junior … selected to play in a postseason all-star game, but had already began his collegiate career … sprinter in his high school two years, where he was all-league in the 100, 200 and 400 meters … his cousin Anthony Hines plays at Missouri … Sierra head coach Ben Noonan on Short – “Aaron came to Sierra College as a student-athlete on a mission! It has been exciting to watch his maturation process in regards to his academic approach, specifically the way he recently began to compete in the classroom as he does in between the white lines. As for Aaron’s football talents, the sky is the limit and we (Sierra College staff) could not be prouder of his recent achievements and look forward to watching him continue his success on the Saturday gridiron at Oregon State’ … Aaron chose OSU because of the “football program and opportunity to receive a great education.”

                                                                                                     

HIGH SCHOOL SIGNEES

 

Kesi Ah-Hoy, ILB, 6-0, 215, Kahuku, Hawai’i (Kahuku HS) -- @kesiahhoy

Kesi is rated the No. 1 running back in Hawai’i and No. 14 in the West per Scout … No. 12 running back in the nation per 247Sports … in addition to running back, Ah-Hoy played in the “wildcat” formation on offense and safety on defense … Kahuku won the 2015 state title in a game where he rushed for 103 yards on 30 carries and scored four touchdowns … November 2015 Hawai’i Quarterback Club SportsPerson of the Month … 2015 Oahu Interscholastic Offensive Player of the Year … also plays basketball, rugby and track and field at Kahuku … played in the inaugural Polynesian Bowl last month … 2016 and ‘15 First Team All-State … team captain as a senior … his older sister Camilla Ah-Hoy was a standout volleyball student-athlete at OSU (2006-09) … contemplating pharmacy for a major.

 

Quantino “Tino” Allen, WR, 5-11, 200, Belle Glade, Fla., (Glades Central HS) -- @Tinoo17_17

Rated the No. 22 prospect in the state from Florida … one of the fastest players in the country … highly recruited … played multiple positions at Glades Central including receiver, kick returner, running back, strong safety, free safety, defensive end, cornerback and linebacker … three-year varsity starter … Palm Beach Post First Team All-District last season and Second Team as a junior … averaged 44.3 yards per kickoff return as a senior to go with 499 receiving yards and six touchdowns – also rushed for 213 yards and two scores … led Glades Central to the 4A playoffs last year …the Palm Beach Post rated him No. 19 on its “Big Board” heading into his senior season … also plays basketball and competes in track and field … Honor Roll student … aspires to have a professional career in sports management.

 

Benjamin “BJ” Baylor, RB, 6-0, 190, Wharton, Texas (Wharton HS)

BJ rushed for 1,997 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior, and added another four scores receiving … led Wharton to the Class 4A playoffs … Victoria (Texas) Advocate All-Area Team member … offensive MVP of District 15-4A … two-time District 15-4A all-league … running back MVP at the Next Level Houston Showcase last week … four-year starter, sharing running back duties until his senior year … rushed for 1,997 yards and 28 touchdowns  last season  … also played linebacker, safety and was a kick returner during his prep career … Greg Powers of Scout on his performance at the Showcase – “The Wharton (Texas) High speedster secures the award after showing tremendous footwork and short area quickness. He was also great going up against the linebackers” … sprinter on the track and field team … his cousin is former OSU standout Pac-12 Men’s Soccer Player of the Year Khiry Shelton … BJ’s mother Linda is a cousin to former OSU standouts James and Jacquizz Rodgers … member of Wharton High School’s Student Council … Wharton head coach Tim Finn on Baylor – “You could not ask to coach a better kid; no one associated with BJ would say a bad word about him. He’s a hard worker who was under-recruited due to the depth at running back we had up until his senior year. He’s very good at catching passes out of the backfield and he was outstanding in the big games we played during his career. I’m thrilled for him and I know he is very excited about his opportunity.”

 

Josh Bowcut, OL/DL, 6-6, 290, Sherwood, Ore., (Sherwood HS) -- @JoshBowcut

Three Rivers League First Team as a senior and Second Team as a junior … all-state second team offensive and defensive lineman … Josh accounted for 68 tackles and 10.5 sacks as a defensive lineman in his two varsity years … originally from Washington, moving to Sherwood prior to his junior year … Bowcut on his decision to attend OSU, courtesy of OregonLive -- "I decided to commit because I felt like it was a great fit for me. Whenever I go to Corvallis it feels like it's where I'm supposed to be. I like all the coaches there and believe they are building something special. When I told David (Morris), he was telling me to commit. I was also just asking about what he thought about the program? His commitment there had a little bit to do with my decision, but not too much, it was just about how I felt. I'm definitely excited to play with him on the next level, though” … Sherwood head coach Greg Lawrence on Bowcut – “Josh came to Sherwood as a sophomore and what a great addition he was to our program.  He has grown into a very good football player.  His determination and skillset helped our football program reach the success we did.  Josh will be a great addition to the Beaver program and help them reach the next level” … standout in track and field in the discus, shot put and javelin … anticipates taking a two-year LDS Mission before enrolling at OSU.

 

Jaelen Bush, DE, 6-6, 225, Lacey, Wash. (Timberline HS)

Olympian First Team All-Region … Courtesy of The Olympian – “Jaelen is a long player — long arms, long legs, towering presence. Quick and smart off the line”blocked eight passes this season (18 in his career with the Blazers) as a defensive end ... 3A South Sound Conference first-team selection and also led the league in tackles for losses (15), and added seven sacks … Tacoma News Tribune All-Area Second Team … Timberline HS head coach Mike Spears on Bush – “Jaelen is an awesome young man and a great student. He was our team captain this past season and showed great leadership. He was a pleasure to coach and get to know. He is very mature and a student of the game -- he’s the type player every coach loves to coach” … currently playing basketball where he has appeared in 69 career games … also plays soccer, earning all-area honors … standout in the classroom with a near 4.00 cumulative GPA and is closing in on an AA degree at South Puget Sound Community College while at Timberline … President’s and Vice President’s academic list at South Puget Sound CC … contemplating majoring in civil engineering with the aspirations of working for a city or state government agency … highly involved in community service, including Special Olympics … recipient of the Timberline HS George Stegie Award for leadership and excellence … Bush on his decision to attend OSU – “I love the location, the campus and the people of the Corvallis community are very welcoming.  The engineering program at OSU is exceptional and provides a great opportunity that was not available at other schools.”

 

Onesimus Clarke, OG, 6-4, 325, Waianae, Hawai’i (Waianae HS) -- @OAPLC

Pronounced Oh-nis-a-muss… highly recruited … rated the No. 1 offensive tackle in Hawai’i and No. 21 in the West … among the top 15 recruits in the state per 247Sports … two-year starter on both the offensive and defensive lines … Polynesian Bowl participant … attended the All-Poly Camp last summer … Honolulu Star Advertiser and USA Today First Team All-State … also plays volleyball as an outside hitter … contemplating majoring in kinesiology with his sights set on a sports medicine career … standout academically with multiple Honor Roll achievements and Principal’s List academic membership … his sister, Shekinah, attends Oklahoma City University and plays volleyball … Onesimus on his connection to OSU, courtesy of Scout -- "I had to remember that Oregon State has been there for me from the start. It was just the amount of family atmosphere that really caught my attention and grabbed my heart. I was inspired to go there because the coaches are connected to the Polynesian culture. I looked at Oregon State as another home. Coach Andersen came through and told me how much Oregon State means to him. It has affected his life as well in a good way and that's something I want to be a part of” … Waianae HS head coach Walter Young on Clarke – “Onesimus is a great kid, very coachable, and willing to do what’s needed to be done. His attitude is great; he’s very respectful. He has a lot of talent and skill, and wants to be pushed to his full potential.”

 

TraJon Cotton, S, 6-1, 185, Sacramento, Calif. (Inderkum HS) -- @Darkskinkingg

Rated the No. 3 safety in California, No. 7 in the West and No. 46 nationally by Scout … First Team All-Metro as a junior and senior … two-time MaxPreps honoree … four-time all-league … MVP of the league as a senior … played quarterback and safety … 2,834 career passing yards with 29 touchdowns; 734 rushing yards with 11 touchdowns … 155 career tackles with 10 interceptions … contemplating majoring in business … Honor Roll student … chose OSU because “the coaches took me in with open arms. I think I made the best decision of my life.  The whole atmosphere around the staff and the players stood out. Coach 'A' really cares about the players a lot. It is way more than just football. He doesn't talk about football as much as he does about developing me into a man” … also a sprinter and high jumper in track and field … Battle Prep West on Trajon’s skills – “Playmaker, plays with big time excitement, premium speed, will run away from you; good DB with nice ball skills; nice size and athleticism.”

 

Isaiah Dunn, CB, 6-0, 175, Antioch, Calif. (Antioch HS) -- @isaiahdunnnnn

Highly recruited … rated among the top 100 cornerbacks in the country and in the top 25 at the position in the West … 18.9 yards per reception for his career as a wide receiver … eight total touchdowns during his senior year, seven as a receiver … a standout kick returner … also played quarterback during his prep career … had a 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown last season in a nationally broadcast prep game vs. De La Salle … San Francisco Chronicle reports just three passes completed against him all of last season and he was selected to the Chronicle’s Second Team All-Metro Team … San Jose Mercury News Second Team … contemplating majoring in psychology … sprinter on the track and field team … chose OSU because “The Beyond Football Program caught my eye and the relationship I have developed with the coaching staff and current players” … Antioch head coach John Lucido on Dunn – “Isaiah is a very competitive player. He is the best man cover corner I have ever coached. He has a high ceiling and is very physical. He has state caliber track speed.  Isaiah will be a great player for Oregon State.”

 

Arex “Champ” Flemings, WR, 5-6, 150, Altadena, Calif. (Cathedral HS) -- @deucethedon

Pronounced Air-ix … No. 20 wide receiver prospect in California per Scout … 1,936 career receiving yards on 155 receptions with 24 touchdowns … also a kickoff returner …MaxPreps Player of the Game in a November victory over Rancho Verde where he had a Cathedral record 15 receptions – held the record with 14 in the season before … two-time Angelus League First Team honoree … helped Cathedral to the league title and an 11-1 overall record … earned multiple academic Honor Roll mentions at Cathedral … from 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong from last spring’s Pylon 7-on-7 Tournament in Las Vegas that drew some of the nation’s elite players - "Pound for pound, the best player on the field may have been Los Angeles (Calif.) Cathedral's Arex Flemings. He was very explosive allowing him to separate on every play. He's a big play waiting to happen in space” … Flemings on his style of play -- "I bring electricity. Every time I line up, there's a play waiting to happen. Every time the ball is snapped, I'm going to make a difference - blocking, running a route to hold the safety for someone else to score or make a play myself. There's a mentality I bring to the table that not a lot of people bring, because of my size difference. Being this small, you have to play with a certain edge, confidence and swagger that makes you pretty much mentally untouchable."

 

Justin Gardner, CB, 6-1, 170, Charlotte, NC., Shiloh HS, Ga.) -- @Justin_G23

Justin earned Atlanta Journal Constitution Honorable Mention All-Region selection after his senior season … honorable mention all-county … Justin on his decision to commit to OSU – “It felt like home when I visited. The coaching staff feels like family and I know they are going to push me to my ability.” … Shiloh High School head coach Ryan Andrews on Gardner – “Justin is an absolute great kid and has tremendous upside. Most do not know that he is only 17 years old and will not be 18 until October. Oregon State got an absolute steal. I am very excited to see his continued growth and development” … contemplating majoring in engineering.

 

Kaleb Hayes, CB, 6-0, 165, San Bernardino, Calif. (San Gorgonio HS)

Rated No. 12 in the “athlete” category in California per Scout … played wide receiver, running back and quarterback … accounted for 3,139 passing yards with 30 touchdowns during his junior and senior seasons combined, and 2,610 rushing yards with 34 touchdowns – 5,749 total yards ... selected to play in the Inland Empire All-Star Classic … led San Gorgonio to its first state title last season where he had 135 yards passing and 131 yards rushing in the championship … 2015 San Andreas  League Offensive MVP … contemplating majoring in business or economics … San Gorgonio head coach Ron Gueringer on Kaleb, courtesy of Rivals – “Kaleb is an outstanding athlete and was the offensive MVP of the San Andreas League last year" … Coach Gueringer told BeaverBlitz -- "He's fast too, this past spring on the track he clocked a 10.5 in the 1oo, 21.5 in the 200, and a 48 flat in the 400. He's 6-1 and has long arms and legs and great speed, which is his main asset. He's also a tremendous kid. He has a 3.4 GPA and is easy going and unassuming." 

 

Isaiah Hodgins, WR, 6-4, 210, Oakley, Calif. (Berean Christian HS) -- @IsaiahHodgins

Consensus four-star recruit at wide receiver … ranked as top five receiver in the west by Scout ... considered a top 25 receiver recruit in the nation by multiple recruiting services … Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 … recorded 94 receptions for 1,521 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior for the Eagles … registered 94 catches for 1,483 yards and 23 touchdowns in 2015, and added four punt return touchdowns as a junior … named Cal-Hi Sports second team all-state following his junior season … 76 receptions for 1,069 yards and 17 scores in 2014 … Isaiah’s father, James, played under current OSU receivers coach and then-San Jose State head coach Dave Baldwin … James was also Isaiah’s prep coach … Hodgins on his choice of Oregon State – “I love the family atmosphere and bond at Oregon State. It’s what stood out to me most. I love the coaches and got along with the players well. I feel like I can help them as they rise to the top of the Pac-12. I love the area and I’m comfortable at Oregon State.”

 

Travis Mackay, OT, 6-6, 270, Portland, Ore. (Central Catholic HS) -- @travis125792

Rated the No. 10 prospect in Oregon, per 247Sports … No. 17 on Scout’s list for offensive tackles in the West … No. 2 ranked lineman in the state per MaxPreps … interest from a number of programs … First Team All-State as a senior … Mt. Hood Conference First Team as a senior and honorable mention as a junior … played with current Beaver lineman Blake Brandel … Central Catholic head coach Steve Pyne on Mackay -- “Travis has a tremendous work ethic and is a high character young man.  On the field, he plays with a chip on his shoulder and knows how to finish plays.”

 

Jeffrey Manning, Jr., S, 6-1, 195, Lakewood, Calif. (Cathedral HS) – @jmanningjr150

Rated the No. 92 prospect in the state of California by 247Sports … No. 12 cornerback in the state of California and No. 57 overall in the country per Scout … highly recruited … transferred to Cathedral from Bellflower HS prior to his senior year … invited to play in the Army All-American Bowl … participated in several Nike Open Regional events … from Scout’s Greg Biggins on Manning Jr., -- “His size/athleticism combination should allow him to compete for playing time right away and he's not close to reaching his ceiling. He comes from one of the top programs in the SoCal area and the Beavs were able to beat out several other Pac-12 competitors for his services. Manning is a great kid off the field, works very hard and will be a model student-athlete in college. He's a kid who really wants to be great and has all the physical tools to play as long as he wants” … Manning on his thoughts of OSU, courtesy of Scout -- "I loved the overall feel of Corvallis. It's a true college town and I had a great comfort level there on my visit. Not only that but the coaches really connected with me and my family, and made us feel very welcome. My whole family loves Coach (Gary) Andersen, we really bonded well when I took my visit.”    

 

David Morris, S, 6-3, 200, Sherwood, Ore. (Sherwood HS)

Highly recruited by several Power 5 schools … No. 3 prospect in the state per 247Sports and a four-star recruit by Scout … Oregon 6A Defensive Player of the Year and Second Team all-state running back … second team all-state on both sides of the ball as a junior … 2016 and ‘15 USA Today Oregon First Team on defense  ... Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 … three-year varsity career accumulating 3,484 all-purpose yards as a running back and returner with 37 touchdowns … 184 career tackles with eight interceptions … Tacoma News Tribune Northwest Nuggets “Best of the Rest” … sprinter and javelin thrower on the track and field team … Morris on his selection to OSU prior to last season, courtesy of OregonLive -- "They were the first ones to believe in me, to offer me, and that meant a ton. For me, just getting an opportunity to play at the next level was big. The first school to do that was Oregon State, and that meant a lot to my family. Also, having Coach Andersen come to my football game and actually watch it. That was big for me as well. I feel comfortable there” … Sherwood Head Coach Greg Lawrence -- “It is incredible how David brings an energy to his teammates that changes the momentum of the game.  When he makes a big play his excitement and enthusiasm is contagious.  It has truly been a pleasure and honor to have coached him and watched him play every week. In my 30 years of coaching he is without a doubt the best overall player that I have ever coached.  I am excited to watch him help take the Beavers to the next level.” 

 

Kolby Taylor, WR, 5-11, 195, Chandler, Ariz. (Chandler HS) @thekolbytaylor

Four-star recruit at wide receiver by ESPN.com … considered a top 10 recruit and the No. 1 wide receiver from the state of Arizona by multiple recruiting services … earned first team all-state as a junior and honorable mention as a sophomore … Tacoma News Tribune Western 100 … set the Chandler High single season receptions record with 69 catches for 879 yards, and 10 touchdowns as a junior … added six scores on the ground and one via kickoff return … played three seasons of varsity football at Chandler High under head coach Shaun Aguano – missed his senior year due to an injury suffered prior to the season … was a team captain as a senior … has three brothers, all of whom played at Arizona State … Eastbay Football Freshman All-American … Taylor on what drew him to Oregon State – “I chose Oregon State because of the coaching staff’s great character. I like that Coach Andersen is a players’ coach. He lets his players be themselves and doesn’t worry about the little things. He’ll tell you the truth on how things are and doesn’t sugar-coat it. And I really like the opportunities Oregon State offers after I graduate. I’d like to pursue a job with Nike when I’m done with football and there is no better place to go than Oregon State with it being in Nike’s backyard.”

 

Calvin Tyler, RB, 5-9, 190, Beaumont, Texas (Silsbee HS) @BlessedAthleteC

Highly-recruited among the nation’s elite programs … rated the No. 18 all-purpose back in the country per 247Sports … District 10-4A and District 22-5A MVP … Vype Southeast Texas Player of the Year … four-year letterman and three-year starter … Tyler was named the 2016 Super Gold Offensive Player of the Year after compiling a school-record 2,861 rushing yards, the most in the state of Texas, and 29 touchdowns in his senior year … rushed for a Silsbee HS record 396 yards in a game last season … SuperGold MVP – regional honor … as a junior at Beaumont (Texas) Ozen High School, Tyler rushed for 1,809 yards with 24 touchdowns on 204 carries … also plays basketball and track and field … Christine Michael of the Green Bay Packers is his cousin … contemplating majoring in business … member of the National Honor Society and multiple Silsbee HS Honor Roll member … involved in community service … Tyler on his commitment, courtesy of Scout -- "The coaches passed the first test and I like they are very up front. I know I can trust them, so I was just waiting to make it to Corvallis and when I made it, it felt like I was in my hometown. I enjoyed being with the other players already there. I see the brotherhood and how close they are and they welcomed me with open arms. I'm ready to get back to Corvallis and win the Pac-12 Championship. The players, coaches and I are all on the same page and ready to turn things around at Oregon State and build the canvas for the recruits that come after me and the ones after them."

  

Charles “Moku” Watson, S, 6-2, 180, Wahiawa, Hawai’i (Leilehua HS) -- @MokuSeul

Played in the inaugural Polynesian Bowl where he announced his commitment to Oregon State … highly recruited by Power 5 programs … rated the No. 13 safety in the West … No. 3 rated overall prospect in the state of Hawai’i per 247Sports … also played wide receiver at Leilehua HS and early in his career was a quarterback … helped Leilehua to the semifinals of the state playoffs last season … First Team All-State as a utility defensive player and Second Team as a junior and sophomore … two-year team captain … Watson on his skillset, courtesy of Hawai’i Prep World – “I’ll bring some edge to the defense. They’re (OSU) looking for some guys on the safety and corner spots. I think I bring a lot of versatility to the defense” … Watson on his decision to attend OSU – “It was a really hard decision. It took me until today to figure out where I wanted to go.  I just woke up this morning and that’s what my heart chose” … Watson on Corvallis/OSU program – “It’s beautiful. When I took my visit, it reminded me of Wahiawa. A lot of trees, real cool temperature. They have great coaches, great facilities. It’s always been my dream to play for a Pac-12 school” … Leilehua head coach Nolan Tokudo on Charles -- "Charles is a blessing to have in your program, he will make everyone around him play better and he will have fun working hard! Charles is a fabulous athlete.” 

Brock Wellsfry, OG, 6-6, 285, Pasco, Wash. (Hanford HS) -- @BWellsfry

Highly recruited lineman … rated No. 9 at his position in the West and No. 36 in the country by Scout … also was a defensive lineman … selected to play for the USA Under-18 Team … Seattle Times First Team All-State and the Times’ Jayda Evans wrote – “Oregon State commit is just as imposing offensively as he is defensively with his size and quick feet” … USA Today Washington Second Team … all-conference on both sides of the ball … also has played hockey that Wellsfry correlates to helping him have good footwork … track and field athlete and is among Washington’s best in the shot put, discus and javelin … played first base for an American Legion team … contemplating majoring in business … Wellsfry on his style of play prior to last season that he credits to his hockey background, per Scout – “It was great for my feet and also giving me that aggressive nature and that's something I take with me into every game I play. I can move well for a guy my size and I feel like my pass protection is probably my best asset. I've been working a lot on getting stronger and getting out on the field with my trainer, and working on my footwork and conditioning” … Brock on his decision to attend OSU – “I love the community, campus and coaches. I’m excited to help take the program to the next level.”

Aidan Willard, QB, 6-2, 185, Napa, Calif. (Justin-Siena HS) -- @waterboywill

Numerous offers coming out of high school … No. 16 rated prospect in the Bay Area by the San Francisco Chronicle heading into his senior year … No. 12 rated prospect by NorCalPreps … rated among the top pro style passers in the country … honorable mention all-conference as a senior … All-CIF nominee following last season … Napa Valley Newcomer of the Year as a sophomore after leading Justin-Siena to the section title … threw for over 2,800 yards during his varsity career even though he played just four games his senior season due to injury … 29 career passing touchdowns … also rushed for over 1,800 yards during his career and added 17 scores on the ground … also plays basketball and is a sprinter on the track and field team at Justin-Siena … Aidan on his decision to attend Oregon State, courtesy of OregonLive -- "It's been a dream of mine to play at Oregon State for as long as I can remember. Both of my parents went there and I couldn't pass up the great opportunity. It's a great school and I'm excited about the coaching staff and young, talented roster" … Justin-Siena head coach Brandon LaRocco on Willard – “Aidan is a truly gifted dual-threat quarterback, a great combination of size, speed and strength. He possesses excellent arm strength and has an outstanding ability to move in the pocket, escape the rush, and extend the play.  He is a competitor in every sense of the word.  You can really see it in the way that he plays the game.  One of the things that stood out to me this year is the growth he made as the leader of our team. He set the tone every day in practice by pushing himself and his teammates, he really embraced this role.  We are so proud of the growth Aidan has made during his four years with us and are looking forward to watching his continued growth at Oregon State.”

 

Today in college FB: THE DAY the seeds of entitlement are planted

Today in college FB: THE DAY the seeds of entitlement are planted

I'm going to go undercover the rest of today. You know by now that this is National Signing Day, the day when high school kids from all over the country announce their preference of where they will spend the next four years of college majoring in football.

Or, in my opinion, the very day -- THE DAY -- when the first seeds of entitlement are planted in the hearts and minds of young football players. This is when it all starts, when players carry on with all sorts of attention-getting devices to make their declaration of college seem important. Or just to turn it into a big show with themselves in the starring role. The spotlight shines bright before they even get their high school diploma.

Already today, I've seen this display of tastelessness by a kid in Texas, teasing two other colleges before revealing his ultimate choice. And then there was this declaration from outer space from a kid in Tennessee who is headed for Maryland. My twitter account is full of all those "#blessed" tweets and video of kids sitting behind the desk with an array of baseball caps in front of them. They look at them all, maybe reach for them all, before finally putting one on their head to indicate their choice of college.

As alumni, fans, coaches and family applaud the decision. Several players have already committed, of course, prior to signing day. They do so wherever they can get the most attention: at all-star games, special events or even -- for the very best of them -- live on ESPN.

Alums can't wait to hear about their school's signees -- it's become a yearly project to sit down and project these kids into a uniform or a starting lineup. It reminds me of little kids sitting on the floor playing with action figures. The experts, of course, rank the recruiting classes and deliver the good or bad news about how well or poorly your school did in recruiting.

And then, fortunately, it goes away for awhile. Reality sets in. Some of these kids will never see the field. Others will never see a classroom -- although that doesn't necessarily mean they won't see the field, depending on which college signs them. Yes, I'm pretty cynical about college football. Especially big-time, power-five college football.

I have seen those seeds of entitlement grow into out-of-control behavior and Egos Gone Wild. I think if these kids are talented enough, there will be plenty of attention headed their way after they've actually accomplished something. And until then, I'll just turn the music up a little louder today and forget the sports talk shows and "NSD" tweets.

Alexa, play me some "Foo Fighters."