Ty Thompson

Oregon four-star QB commit Ty Thompson wants the nation's best offense

Oregon four-star QB commit Ty Thompson wants the nation's best offense

The recruiting game has been changing.

No longer do only coaching staffs recruit prospects to their schools, but nowadays fellow recruits do as well, including Oregon four-star quarterback commit Ty Thompson

The 6'4", 200-pound prospect committed to Oregon back in March just one month after getting an offer from the University following the hire of new offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead. 

Now, Thompson has been rising up recruiting rankings to No. 80 overall via composite ranking to be one of the premier offensive recruits in the country. He also accepted an invite to the finals of the Elite 11 competition and spoke with 247Sports Blair Angulo about receiving the invitation, which gives him more pedigree with other prospects. 

“Being selected to the Elite 11 Finals has given me some confidence talking to other recruits and telling them we’re about to have the best offense in the nation,” Thompson told 247Sports. “They can really see it and understand that we’ve got a really good offensive class going and a top quarterback. It’s a big deal in recruiting for me to go in there and do well at the Elite 11."

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Who is he recruiting in particular? Bue-chip wide receiver prospects Xavier Worthy, the nation's No. 11 by 247Sports wide receiver who has been compared to to DeSean Jackson, and Dont'e Thornton, the nation's No. 6 wide receiver by composite ranking. 

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“Right now, the guys I’m recruiting the hardest are Xavier Worthy and Dont’e Thornton. They are both very good players."

Worthy was widely expected to choose Oregon on June 27th but pushed his commitment back six days before the scheduled announcement. Meanwhile, Thornton's also considered to be leaning towards Oregon but he won't commit until the Under Armour All-American Game on January 9th, 2021.

Those wideouts aren't the only prospects Thompson's been recruiting, however. He also wants to sure up his offensive line which had already secured commitments from four-stars Jonah Miller, Jackson Light, and Bram Walden.  

"At linemen, we are also going after Kingsley Suamataia and Bryce Foster. These are the guys I’ve been pushing to get into this class.”

The 6'4.5", 315-pound Bryce Foster appears to be leaning towards Oklahoma or Texas A&M, but never say it's over until it's over as the Ducks are inside his top-five, along with the two leading schools, Texas and LSU. 

Meanwhile, the 6'5", 280-pound Suamataia is also the cousin of Oregon five-star 2019 signee Noah Sewell, but the nation's No. 10 offensive tackle and nation's No. 59 overall prospect reaffirmed that he won't choose Oregon just because of Noah. 

“Noah and I are close and I know he will be great anywhere, but (my recruitment) will be about where I can get the best opportunities to grow and be the best me,” Suamataia told The Oregonian ahead of an Oregon visit last year.

Perhaps Thompson can help seal the deal for the Ducks and it wouldn't be the first time he's helped secure a commitment. 

He helped secure a verbal commitment from the nation's No. 11 tight end Terrance Ferguson: "We just got another tight end in Terrance Ferguson and I had been on him," said Thompson.

Ferguson tweeted support of his quarterback Monday evening after Thompson killed it at the first day of the Elite 11 finals.

How well did Thompson do? Good enough for one recruiting analyst to name him the best quarterback after the first of three days of the competition.

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Already, the Ducks have one of the best offensive recruiting classes in the nation with Thompson, five-star wide receiver Troy Franklin, four-star tight ends Ferguson and Maliki Matavao, and four-star receiver Kyron Ware-Hudson.

“I’m super excited,” Thompson said. “We have the best offensive weapons in the nation and we’re just getting started.”

Thompson's not alone with his assessment. 247Sports recruiting expert Steve Wiltfong said following Ferguson's commitment that Oregon's "tracking to arguably be the best offensive haul in the country."

The quarterback prospect from Arizona won't stop until that's a reality. 

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Four-star Oregon commit Ty Thompson ranked No. 1 QB at Elite 11 Camp

Four-star Oregon commit Ty Thompson ranked No. 1 QB at Elite 11 Camp

If there's one thing the Oregon Football staff has an eye for, it's talent.

Oregon has been recruiting at unprecedented levels under head coach Mario Cristobal and while part of that is securing commitments with more blue-chip rated recruits, the staff has also been able to identify talent early before they blow up. 

That's what happened with 2021 four-star quarterback commit Ty Thompson who verbally committed to Oregon back in March. 

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At the time of his commitment, 247Sports rated him as the No. 142 overall player and No. 8 pro-style quarterback in the nation. With the updated recruiting rankings, he has risen to No. 138 overall by 247Sports but is rated as the No. 80 overall player by composite score. 

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Now, he's continuing to impress, most recently at the Elite 11 camp: the nation's premier quarterback competition for college prospects. Getting an invite itself is an accomplishment but after the first day of camp Rivals Recruiting Analyst Woody Wommack ranked Thompson as the best quarterback after the first day of the Elite 11 finals.

Thompson was sharp from start to finish and I didn't see him miss a throw. He also looked good on the hoof and appears to have bulked up a little bit since the last time I saw him back in February. -  Woody Wommack

Additionally, Sports Illustrated ranks him as the second-best performer of the camp, thus far, only behind five-star QB Caleb Williams.

After catching onlookers' attention based on an ideal frame, the Oregon commitment played the part with a big arm all evening long. Second and third level accuracy was sustained as the night wore on. - SI All-American

That wasn't the end of the praise coming from the staff at Sports Illustrated.

Oregon Commit Ty Thompson (Ariz.) was one of the most surprising prospecting in the eyes of the SI All-American team today. He was poised in the pocket, fluid in his release, and delivered the ball efficiently and effectively to all three levels of the field in each setting of the camp. 

Then, Elite 11 head coach and Super Bowl Champion Trent Dilfer had high praise for the Arizona native, per 247Sports.

I thought Ty Thompson was really impressive. Very consistent. Like a kid, no matter what you ask him to do he did it well. What I like about Ty, he has a lot of different throws, I call it a throw catalog. He can throw it hard, soft, throw it early, throw it late, speed it up, he did a lot of really nice things. - Trent Dilfer

The Oregon commit spoke with 247Sports after being named to the finals of the Elite 11 competition, calling it "a dream come true." 

“It was really just excitement and a dream come true to be selected,” Thompson said. “It’s been a goal of mine since I was little when I first picked up a football, so to get to compete at the Elite 11 Finals makes me super proud.

“I felt like I did very well in the Regional and I feel like it gives me a little momentum heading into the Finals, especially with the relationships I’ve been building with the coaches. That gives me a confidence boost, for sure. … Going into something like this and competing against the best quarterbacks in the nation, I really feel like I’m confident. The goal obviously is to come in and win, be the MVP for sure. But, if not, at least be in the top 11. That’s been my goal for this camp.”

Can he win MVP? Maybe. Thompson still has time to make more of an impression as the camp will continue through July 1, which then the top-11 performers of the invitation, and the MVP of the event, will be named. 

UPDATE: The Elite 11 coaching staff has rated him at No. 4 after one day. 

https://twitter.com/Elite11/status/1278100092294135811

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