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Oregon Ducks land commitment from three-star DE Brandon Buckner

Oregon Ducks land commitment from three-star DE Brandon Buckner

Well, that didn't take long.

Just two days after landing a verbal committment from the nation's fourth-ranked tight end Moliki Matavao, the Ducks have secured another commitment for the 2021 recruiting class.

[RELATED]: Oregon Ducks land 2021 four-star, nation's No. 4 TE Moliki Matavao

Three-star strongside defensive end or outside linebacker Brandon Buckner, the son of former NFL defensive tackle Brentson Buckner,  has committed to the University of Oregon, as announced via his Twitter.

"First off, I would like to thank god for the position I am in today," said Buckner in his commitment video. "My whole life I've been waiting for this moment. Ever since I was a kid, the game of football has always been a passion of mine. Growing up watching my Dad play I always knew this was meant for me. To all my friends and family in Charlotte, thank you for believing in me. To my teammates, coaches and teachers at Chandler, thank you for pushing me to be a better leader on and off the field. To my Mom, Grandpa, and sisses, thank you for developing me into the young man that I am today. 

My Dad's a legend and I'm starting my own legacy at THE University of Oregon. Sco Ducks. 

Buckner's father, Brentson, was an All-ACC defensive tackle his senior season at Clemson in 1993. He then would be selected 50th overall in the 1994 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers to begin an eleven-year professional career. He now serves as the defensive line coach for the Arizona Cardinals. 

As a junior, Buckner recorded 14.5 sacks despite missing the first four games of the season. Additionally, he recorded 25 tackles-for-loss and had 50 total tackles which made him 6A All-Region First Team selection and a Max Preps All-Arizona First Team Selection.

While not having a Clemson offer, the 6'1", 234-pound defensive end had offers from Arizona State, Arizona, Colorado, Fresno State, Oregon State, Iowa State and more. 

247Sports grades Buckner as a three-star recruit and the eleventh best player in Arizona and the tenth best by composite ranking. This marks yet another Arizona prospect that has chosen the Ducks during the 2021 recruiting cycle, following the footsteps of four-star OT Bram Walden (best player in Arizona), four-star QB Ty Thompson (2nd-best player in Arizona), and four-star OT Jonah Miller (5th-best player in Arizona). 

The Ducks continue to recruit at a high level, backing up Cristobal's claims that the 2021 class could the best one in program history.

You can watch Buckner's hudl highlights here.

Be sure to check out the latest Talkin’ Ducks Podcast with host Jordan Kent and special guest Oregon Strength & Conditioning Coach Aaron Feld.

Oregon Ducks lose out on 4-star CB Denzel Burke who commits to Ohio State

Oregon Ducks lose out on 4-star CB Denzel Burke who commits to Ohio State

A blue chip Oregon target has decided to attend college elsewhere.

2021 four-star defensive back Denzel Burke announced his commitment to Ohio State University Sunday afternoon via his Twitter. 

On May 12, Burke had announced that Oregon was among his top-five teams along with the Buckeyes, USC, Colorado, and Washington.

Via the 247Sports Composite rankings, Burke was the 183rd overall prospect in the country, seventh-best athlete, and fourth-best overall player in Arizona. Oregon has secured three of the five best players in Arizona this recruiting cycle by getting verbal commitments from OL Jonah Miller, QB Ty Thompson, and OT Bram Walden. 

[RELATED]: Oregon Ducks land 2021 four-star OL Jonah Miller

If the 6'0", 189 pound cornerback wasn't going to choose the Ducks the Buckeyes was the next best bet for Oregon as he will not be in the Pac-12 conference. They may match up on the field next season in Colombus, however, when the Ducks travel to play Ohio State on September 11, 2021. 

Additionally, verbal commitments are nonbinding so if Oregon can pull off the upset against Ohio State this season in Autzen Stadium then maybe Burke could reconsider, if that game happens.

[RELATED]: Could the Oregon vs. Ohio State series flip locations?

Be sure to check out the latest Talkin’ Ducks Podcast with host Jordan Kent and special guest Oregon Strength & Conditioning Coach Aaron Feld.

Overview of the 2020 Beavers Recruiting Class: Defense

Overview of the 2020 Beavers Recruiting Class: Defense

This is the second article in a three article series breaking down the current Oregon State Beavers 2020 recruiting class.

[PART ONE:] Overview of the Beavers 2020 recruiting class: Offense.

Now let’s go over the defensive commits:

Alex Lemon, DE, 3 Star

Lemon is a 247Sports composite three-star strong-side defensive end out of San Diego Mesa College that measures at 6-foot-4, 275 pounds. His other offers included Florida, Arizona State, LSU, Nebraska, Oregon and Oklahoma. As a JUCO transfer, he’ll look to make an immediate impact. In six games played this season, he has 11 tackles and one sack. 

John Miller, ILB, 3 Star

An in-state 247Sports composite three-star inside linebacker out of Tualatin, OR. He’s the reigning co-defensive player of the year in the Three Rivers League, and a favorite to win the 6A Defensive Player of the Year this season. Oregon State the first to offer the 6-foot-1, 215 pound linebacker and he committed quickly so the Beavers are his only offer. 

Junior Walling, ILB, 3 Star

Another in-state 247Sports three-star composite inside linebacker out of Keizer, OR. The 6-foot-1, 231 pound recruit had offers from Air Force, Army, and Utah among other teams. 

Tavis Shippen, DE, 3 Star

Shippen is a 247Sports composite three-star strong-side defensive end out of Mt. San Jacinto College. The 6-foot-5, 275 pound JUCO transfer held offers from Arizona State, Oregon, Utah and UCLA. Through 10 games, he has recorded 62 tackles and 4.5 sacks.

Shane Kady, DE, 3 Star

Kady is a 247Sports three-star composite weakside defensive end out of Mililani, HI. The 6-foot-3, 210 pound defensive end held offers from Fresno State, Arizona, BYU, Hawai’i, among others. He originally committed to Illinois out of high school before going to junior college. 

Ron Hardge III, CB, 3 Star

Another JUCO transfer, Hardge III comes out of City College of San Francisco. The 6-foot-1, 175 pound cornerback held Oregon State as his lone offer. 

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Overview of the Beavers 2020 recruiting class: Offense

Overview of the Beavers 2020 recruiting class: Offense

Oregon State enters their second bye of the season which not only gives the program a week to rest and prepare for Arizona, but it gives the coaching staff free time to recruit the next class of Beavers. 

Bye weeks are essential to recruiting because they permit coaches to go on visits while they do not need to worry about a game that weekend. However, much of the 2020 recruiting class has been filled already.

Let’s introduce you to all of them. This will be the first article in a series that will span articles going over each offensive commit, defensive commit and targets still being recruited. 

Now, let’s look at the offensive players already committed.

Isaiah Newell, RB, 3 Star

A 247Sports composite three-star running back out of Walnut Creek, CA. He held offers from 16 schools including Arizona, Arizona State and Colorado. At 6-foot-2, 225 pounds he rushed for 2,166 yards and 32 touchdowns as a junior last season. He also played out of the slot and due to the high talent level in the Beavers backfield should get playing time there in Corvallis. 

Zeriah Beason, WR, 3 Star

A former Rivals four-star, now three-star, wide receiver out of Duncanville High School (Dallas, TX). He held offers from 23 schools such as Florida, LSU, Michigan State, Arizona State, Baylor and Oklahoma State. At 6 foot, 180 pounds he lines up on the outside and is given plenty of bubble screens called for him. He’s able has good field vision to get yards after the catch.

Ben Gulbranson, PRO QB, 3 Star

247 Sports rates the 6-foot 3, 210-pound quarterback as the 33rd best pro style quarterback in the country for the 2020 recruiting class, good for a three-star rating.  He held offers from California, Arizona State, Kansas State and San Jose State. His tape shows off good accuracy and an ability to deliver balls in the right spot despite imminent pressure. 

Cooper Darling, OG, 3 Star

A 247Sports composite three-star out of Gilbert, Arizona rates as the 86th best guard in the country. At 6-foot-4, 290-pounds he has a frame to play at the Pac-12 level. His only other Power 5 offer was Arizona State. 

Silas Bolden, ATH, 3 Star

The younger brother of former Beavers receiver, Victor Bolden Jr, has a grade of three stars from 247Sports. He’s 5-foot-10, 175 pounds and held offers from Hawai’i, Idaho, Sacramento State and San Jose State. Like his older brother, he excels in the return game. In high school, he appears to operate on the outside as a wide receiver. 

Trevor Pope, ATH, 3 Star

A 247Sports composite three-star out of Tracy, CA. He held offers from Oregon State, Fordham, New Mexico and San Jose State. The 6-foot-1, 165-pound athlete played wide receiver in high school stretching the defense and getting yards after the catch on drag routes.

Samuel Peacock, OT, 3 Star

A 247Sports composite three-star out of Gig Harbor, WA. He also held offers from Georgetown, Idaho, Portland State, among others. At 6-foot-6, 265-pounds he will need to put on some weight to compete in the trenches on the Pac-12 level. 

Tommy Spencer, TE, 3 Star

A 247Sports composite three-star out of Roseville, CA and the 95th ranked tight end. He also held offers from Fresno State and San Diego State. At 6-foot-5, 248-pounds he showed proficiency at run-blocking tight end and hopes to catch passes as well in college. His college tape shows off good run blocking and route running.

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.

https://twitter.com/mase_funa47/status/1073267101169635329

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.