16 of the 17 HARD COMMITS have signed LOIs with Oregon. Still waiting on transfer linebacker Paris Bostick (3-Star/Tampa, FL).
See official list here.
Oregon has five early-enrollees and 17 confirmed hard commitments as of 5 PM PST this past Tuesday night. While there could be some fireworks early this morning, expect Oregon’s recruiting class to stay completely intact with the ever-increasing chance to expand once the day is .under way
We’ll touch on the importance of all-purpose back Kirk Merritt’s (4-Star/Destrehan, LA) pledge to become a Duck in a moment. Out west, there’s no bigger topic this morning than that of top tier linebacker John Houston’s (5-Star/Gardena, CA/Rivals100) destination. Thought to be a USC-lean for the duration of the recruiting cycle, Houston’s mind may have been slowly been shifting to the north.
While the issue of staying close to home could very well play a factor, the allure of being able to at the very least contribute — if not start — is a very real possibility for Houston. This one goes down to the last bit of ink drying on the fax machine at The Mo. Oregon might pull its biggest coup since the swiping of then five-star athlete De’Anthony Thomas, stay tuned!
Back to Merritt. Carefully plucked from LSU’s back yard, Merritt is the type of prep who warrants playing time somewhere if not anywhere. While every skill position on offense is loaded with talent, Oregon might have its first true TAZR since the aforementioned Thomas. Merritt’s open field running ability coupled with a strong affinity to play through contact makes him something of a rarity in the Oregon offense, as the “Lightning & Thunder” model blurs together in the 5’11, 206 lber’s game.
To view Merritt’s commitment announcement, please click here.
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Mark Flores, a Salem, OR resident, is a Firefighter/Paramedic and an avid Oregon Ducks fan. Prior to the fire service, Flores, a graduate of nearby Corban University, spent over seven years in professional journalism including a stint at the Statesman Journal in Salem and held the position of Sports Editor for the Hilltop News (Corban). A career transition however never dampened his love of writing and FishDuck is now his source to share his love of Mighty Oregon. Flores brings detailed knowledge of Oregon recruiting to the FishDuck team and welcomes your feedback.
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