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Oregon football; Defensive Back University?

Oregon football; Defensive Back University?

Oregon football, also known as; Nike University, Running Back University and Defensive Back University?

The Ducks’ highest-rated recruiting class in program history received another major addition; the highest-rated defensive back commitment in program history, Chris Steele.

Steele, the nation’s No. 3 cornerback and No. 19 overall prospect in the class of 2019, transferred from Florida after spring football.

According to the Gainesville Sun, in late January, Steele asked the Florida coaching staff for new roommate assignment, away from quarterback Jalon Jones, expressing concerns about Jones' behavior. In April, Jones was accused of sexual battery by two Florida students. The Florida Staff declined to act and postponed his request until summer and Steele decided to enter the transfer portal.

The 6-foot, 175-pound athlete, out of St. John Bosco High School (Bellflower, California) returned to the west coast via Oregon.

"Coach Donte. Our relationship is known." Steele told 247sports of Oregon coach Donte Williams. "Me and that dude, he’s like a big brother to me. The opportunity to play for somebody who is going to care about me off the field but at the same time is going to develop me better than other people, it’s a win-win situation." 

Had Steele signed with Oregon before National Signing Day, the Ducks’ 2019 class would have been ranked at No. 5 overall, their first top five finish ever. Oregon finished No. 7 without the signing of Steele. 

A few notes on what adding another five-star piece means…

Can Steele play next season?

Steele enrolled at Florida, so it's unclear if he will be eligible for the 2019 season, but he can apply for a waiver to play immediately.

Oregon’s 2019 secondary is locked and loaded with talent.

Juniors Thomas Graham Jr. and Deommodore Lenoir have depth and talent behind them. If Steele is granted a waiver to play immediately, Oregon will have two star freshmen cornerbacks in Steele and Mykael Wright, plus redshirt freshman safety Steve Stephens. The pair of safeties, Nick Pickett and Jevon Holland, will also return. 

Lenoir often tweets "TMC," which stands for "The Marathon Continues." It's a reference to the sixth official mixtape by American rapper Nipsey Hussle, but it means something more to the Ducks secondary. "This journey has only begun to become the best secondary," said Lenoir. "It's a marathon not a race. We will prove a lot this year."

The #CaliFlock is real.

The Ducks scored three of the top six ranked players in the state of California in the 2019 class. All three are defensive players; including Steele (No. 5), Wright (No. 4) and Kayvon Thibodeaux (No. 1). A total of seven of California’s top 21 2019 prospects are at Oregon.

The veterans are hyped.

When Steele transferred from Florida, a few Gator wide receivers tweeted pictures of themselves making catches over Steele. When Steele joined the Ducks, he was met with a different feeling on Twitter from Oregon football.

The ripple effect.

Now the defensive backs are rolling in. Four-star safety Jared Greenfield (class of 2020) has included Oregon in his final five. The coveted 6-foot, 180-pound defensive back out of Narbonne High School (Harbor City, California), is expected to having Oregon as his heavy favorite.

Nation's top quarterback prospect picks Clemson over Oregon

Nation's top quarterback prospect picks Clemson over Oregon

The nation's top quarterback prospect has made his decision. Five-star DJ Uiagalelei committed to the Clemson Tigers, which was widely expected.

Oregon and Clemson were in a recruiting battle for the 6-foot-4, 240-pound St. John Bosco (California) athlete who is praised for his out-of-this-world arm strength.

Uiagalelei visited Oregon several times, including a recent trip for the spring game where he met former Oregon quarterbacks Marcus Mariota and Jeremiah Masoli, who are two of his favorite college football players.

At Clemson, Uiagalelei will be behind quarterback Trevor Lawrence for probably one season while he is groomed to take over the defending national champions upon Lawrence’s likely declaration for the 2020 NFL Draft. 

With seven commitments, the Ducks are still piecing their 2020 recruiting class, which includes five four-star prospects. The 2020 class currently ranks first in the Pac-12 Conference and 14th nationally on 247Sports.  Oregon coach Mario Cristobal looks to build on his 2019 class that ranked first in the Pac-12 conference, seventh nationally and featured 5-star prospect Kayvon Thibodeaux and 11 4-star athletes.

Oregon will continue to look for a quarterback in the 2020 class to compete against Tyler Shough and Cale Millen for the starting role when Justin Herbert takes his talents to the NFL.

[Official] Oregon basketball whiffs on Cassius Stanley; Where the Ducks stand

[Official] Oregon basketball whiffs on Cassius Stanley; Where the Ducks stand

Oregon basketball is still piecing its 2019 recruiting class together.

The Ducks whiffed on Cassius Stanley, who committed to Duke. The No. 29 player in the country is ranked No. 3 among combo guards, according to 247 Sports. Oregon was heavily pursuing Stanley, who originally narrowed his top three schools to UO, Kansas and UCLA, ahead of his visit to Duke last weekend, when he added the Blue Devils to the finalist list. 

During his announcement, Stanley praised Oregon as an “up and coming program” with “elite coaches” before selecting Duke.

A commitment from Stanley and consensus five-star combo guard Cole Anthony, would have likely launched Oregon back into the discussion for a top-10 class nationally.

Anthony is expected to make his college decision tomorrow. He’s narrowed the choices to North Carolina, Oregon, Georgetown and Notre Dame.

Oregon defensive lineman and the nation’s top football 2019 recruit, Kayvon Thibodeaux made his feelings known on Twitter.

Currently, Oregon’s 2019 class is ranked 12th nationally and third in the Pac-12 Conference after landing a big verbal commitment from transfer guard on Saturday.

After visiting Eugene for the Oregon spring football game, Duquesne sophomore guard Eric Williams, Jr. announced on Twitter that he committed to the Ducks will enroll at Oregon for next basketball season.

6-foot-6 Williams, who averaged 14 points and 7.6 rebounds per game this season, will sit out the 2019-20 basketball season and then be a redshirt junior for the 2020-21 season.

The Ducks have also landed commitments from junior college national player of the year candidate Chris Duarte and consensus four-star big man Isaac Johnson, who is expected to take a two-year LDS mission and won't be back in Eugene until 2021. Rounding out Oregon's 2019 class is two 6-foot-8, four-star prospects CJ Walker and Chandler Lawson. 

Meet the Ducks' latest basketball recruiter: Oregon WR Mycah Pittman

Meet the Ducks' latest basketball recruiter: Oregon WR Mycah Pittman

Oregon men's basketball is trying to land one of the nation's top high school athletes, four-star shooting guard Cassius Stanley.

Coach Dana Altman should thank Oregon freshman wide receiver Mycah Pittman, who is already fighing for a starting spot, for doing a little recruiting on Stanley's Instagram. Pittman wrote a simple "Sco (Ducks)" comment. 

Kansas, Oregon, and UCLA were originally Stanley’s top three schools. Ahead of his visit to Duke last weekend, he added the Blue Devils to the finalist list. 

The 6-foot-5, 180-pound guard out of Sierra Canyon High School (Los Angeles, California) will commit today at 12:30 p.m.. 247 Sports ranks Stanley as the No. 29 player in the country, No. 3 among combo guards and No. 3 in California. 

Nation's No. 3 linebacker commit edges Cristobal closer to best ever Oregon football recruiting class

Nation's No. 3 linebacker commit edges Cristobal closer to best ever Oregon football recruiting class

Can you believe college football early signing period is less than a week away? Recruits can ink their National Letters of Intent from Dec. 20-22 and officially join their programs of choice or wait until the traditional signing day on Feb. 7.

Undoubtedly, there will be some surprises between now and February 7. However as it stands, the Ducks 2019 recruiting class is No. 7 in the nation and tops the Pac-12 Conference. Today, Oregon added the highest-ranked linebacker in program history and the nation's No. 3 inside linebacker, Mase Funa.

“Obviously we are on the road right now, recruiting, going 100 miles per hour,” coach Mario Cristobal said in a press conference last week over the phone.

Cristobal came to Oregon in 2016 with a reputation as one of the top recruiters in the country. While at Alabama, he was instrumental in helping the Crimson Tide haul in top prospects year after year. This success earned him National Recruiter of the Year in 2015 from 247 Sports.

Fast forward to 2018, Cristobal is Oregon’s head coach and the Ducks are having one of their best recruiting classes in school history. Oregon has never finished with a class ranked in the top 10 of the 247Sports team rankings.

The #M19ghtOregon class received a nice boost with the addition of its 19th commit in Funa. The inside linebacker is the 13th highest commit in UO history. Funa shut his recruitment down and committed to Oregon after an official visit to USC.

Who is next?

Five-star defensive end prospect Kayvon Thibodeaux is on commitment watch. According to 247Sports, Thibodeaux is rated as the No. 2 prospect in the 2019 class and would be the highest ranked commitment in program history. 

He has narrowed his decision to four schools; Alabama, Florida, Florida State and Oregon. The Thousand Oaks, Calif., native will make his announcement at his commitment party on December 15th.

Here are the major recruiting moves that Oregon made at the beginning of this month.

Will Oregon finish with a top 10 recruiting class? Stay tuned!

The Past 48 hours: Major moves in Oregon football recruiting

The Past 48 hours: Major moves in Oregon football recruiting

In the last two days, there has been major moves made in Oregon football recruiting that impacts next season and beyond. Does the good outweigh the bad? I don’t think so, but you decide.

GOOD: Two future offensive weapons demonstrate devotion and enthusiasm.

2019 four-star wide receiver plans to enroll early and get to work: Mycah Pittman, four-star recruit by 247 sports, plans on enrolling early at Oregon and going through football spring drills with hopes to compete as soon as possible at the college level.

The 5-foot-11, 195-pound receiver chose Oregon in July over offers from Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Texas, Texas A&M, USC and Washington.

2021 prospect, nation’s No. 2 running back, re-commits to Oregon: After decomitting in September, Seven McGee, has decided to commit again to the Ducks.

https://twitter.com/McgeeSeven/status/1067298553444356097

The 5-foot-9, 175-pound athlete is rated by 247Sports as the No. 2 running back and No. 51 overall prospect in the 2021 class. He has been recruited to Oregon as a running back but has desires to also play in the slot.

 

BAD: Two four-star defensive athletes decommit from Oregon in two days.

2019 four-star defensive back Jeremiah Criddell decommits from Oregon: The Mater Dei High School defensive back announced he was opening up his recruiting process on Twitter on Wednesday. The 6-foot, 188-pound prospect was the highest-rated safety to commit to Oregon in program history, ranked by ESPN as nation's No. 4 athlete.

2019 four-star linebacker Jared Casey decommits from Oregon: The 6-foot-2, 225-pound outside linebacker is from Louisville, Kentucky. According to Rivals, Casey decommited from Oregon after an in-home visit with Kentucky Wildcats coaches.

What this means: Oregon’s 2019 recruiting class currently has 20 commits and dropped three spots to No. 7 in the 247Sports Composite rankings.

The Ducks have three 2019 defensive back commits; three-star safety Lanett Trikweze Bridges, four-star cornerback Elijah Blades and four-star cornerback Mykael Wright.

At linebacker, Oregon has two 2019 commits; Under Armour All-American Ge'Mon Eaford and four-star Mase Funa, the highest-rated linebacker commit in UO history.

Will Oregon finish with a top 10 recruiting class? Stay tuned, as college football's early signing period is three weeks away! Recruits can finalize national letters of intent from Dec. 19-21 or wait until the traditional signing day on Feb. 6.