Recruiting is a funny business.
Many prospects prefer to keep things close to the vest and aren’t comfortable with the media circus that their play draws. Others welcome the limelight and use their high-profile statuses to build their brands and tour schools across the country.
Trinity Christian, Tex. cornerback Dwight McGlothern definitely falls into the latter category.
Most recruits are beginning to narrow their search at this point. But McGlothern appears to be widening his, traveling from coast to coast to explore what nearly every blue-blood program has to offer.
The Ducks could be the beneficiaries of McGlothern’s expansiveness. They recently hosted the Texas product, despite not being considered serious contenders by some. The visit may have even turned Oregon into the frontrunner. But with a prospect who seems content on taking his time to smell the roses, it’s hard to tell whether his interest will last.
McGlothern Is the Prototype Modern-Day Cornerback
The game of football is constantly evolving. With offenses now placing an emphasis on size and length at receiver, defenses have countered by prioritizing tall, rangy cornerbacks as cornerstones of their secondaries.
LSU’s Greedy Williams and Clemson’s Trayvon Mullen are a couple of examples of long boundary defenders who made life miserable for any receiver that was unfortunate enough to cross their paths. McGlothern is built in the same mold.
The 6’1.5, 180-lb. corner has the length that defensive coordinators crave, and athleticism to match. He’s the eighth-best cornerback in the country according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.
Oregon routinely got beaten in jump-ball situations last season against teams like Stanford, and desperately needs height on the perimeter. That’s why McGlothern is so highly coveted by the Ducks — and nearly every other team in the country, for that matter.
And though McGlothern is known for talking a big game, he has been working hard to back it up. A member of the 7v7 team “Fast Houston,” he is using the offseason to work on his craft and challenge himself.
In an interview with SBNation, McGlothern gave the following explanation for his decision to participate in the Adidas Tournament:
“It’s competition. I want to compete and get better … I really haven’t had much competition all season.”
McGlothern is the total package, a player who is driven to improve himself and who has the confidence to hold his own.
Oregon Is His “Dream School”
It’s pretty amazing that the Ducks’ success at the start of the decade is still being felt years later. Many recruits from across the country consider an offer from Oregon a dream come true.
That seems to be the case for McGlothern, who called Oregon his “dream school,” and told 247Sports that he has been a fan of the Ducks since “the third or second grade.”
It’s no surprise, then, that his visit to Oregon was a huge success. McGlothern raved about the school in an interview with ScoopDuck:
“I loved everything about the visit. It was a big-time visit. From the facilities to the staff, everyone was there all day showing us love … Oregon was one of my dream schools growing up, and it’s even better in person. It’s crazy how cool it is.”
While McGlothern praised the facilities and technology, as is customary when prospects visit Phil Knight’s alma mater, he also described his chemistry with Coach Mario Cristobal in an interview with 247Sports:
“Coach Cristobal said he needs me, and needs us (Xavier Alford and Josh Eaton, two of McGlothern’s Fast Houston teammates, also visited), in the secondary to help out. We can really change it and be the face of the Ducks’ 2020 class. He told us what they have and what they’re trying to build. I feel like we connected with him.”
It has long been the case that getting top prospects to Eugene is a gamechanger. The Ducks’ state-of-the-art facilities and family environment can’t truly be understood until recruits set foot on campus.
McGlothern’s visit may have been enough to give the Ducks a legitimate shot to get a commitment from him. He has said that distance is not something that will play a big role in his decision, as evidenced by his interest in schools all over the country. That’s a good thing, because plenty of schools much closer to McGlothern than Oregon are also fighting for his services.
The fact that he has a history of watching and admiring the Ducks is a notch in their favor. But they have some tough competition to beat out if they hope to land the elite prospect in the end.
The Ducks Made Progress but Have a Long Way to Go
McGlothern has offers from, and is interested in, a variety of premier programs such as Georgia, Texas A&M, Alabama, LSU, Texas, USC and Ohio State.
And though he praised Oregon, he hasn’t been shy about his admiration of other programs either. In an interview with 247Sports, he said that his visit to Texas was “one of the best visits I’ve had this offseason.”
In his interview with SBNation, he named Georgia as a school that he will likely have in his list of finalists, and he also described his significant interest in other programs like Ohio State and LSU.
Heck, Nick Saban even made a personal visit to McGlothern back in January.
The point is, while the Ducks have a fighting chance, and will likely earn another visit from McGlothern, this is still a 10-team tug of war. Since McGlothern seems to be in no hurry to make a decision, this battle may well come down to the wire.
But it’s encouraging that they were able to make such an impression on him during his visit, and put themselves right in the middle of the fight. That’s more than could be said just a few weeks ago. If they can impress him enough the second time around, they might win out in the end.
And if this battle continues on into the regular season, beating Auburn on national TV to start the year wouldn’t hurt the Ducks’ chances either.
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Bob Rodes, the FishDuck.com Volunteer editor for this article, is an IT analyst, software developer and amateur classical pianist in Manchester, Tennessee.
Joshua is an adopted Duck fanatic, originally hailing from southwestern Pennsylvania. His love for the University of Oregon began as a young child when he became mesmerized by the flashy uniforms and explosive offenses of the Chip Kelly era, and now, he follows the team religiously. His fondest memory of the team is seeing De’Anthony Thomas race past Wisconsin defenders back in the 2012 Rose Bowl. A true football enthusiast, Joshua loves studying the intricacies of the game, and he aspires to become a professional sports journalist. Joshua now resides in Morgantown, West Virginia where he works in customer service. When he’s not watching Oregon replays, Joshua loves reading, writing, and spending time with his family. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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