Torres' Take

June 4, 2019
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Welcome to Torres’ Takes, a feature I hope to get going with some regularity on ScoopDuck.

By no means is it the caliber of intel of The Juice. But with this piece, I more or less hope to sum up the past week in Oregon football recruiting, what we’ve seen on the site, and offer some of my thoughts on relevant Oregon recruiting topics.

Without further ado, here goes nothing.

Traeshon Holden visited Oregon for the Spring Game, and the ensuing dialogue has been very strong ever since; Holden said he speaks with Oregon representatives almost every day. Saying he’d be at Oregon if he wasn't committed to Alabama seems pretty significant.

I wouldn’t say a flip is likely anytime soon, but the Ducks are at worst his No. 2 school. The staff will have to continue to recruit him and hope to get him out to visit again in the summer, as he mentioned in my recent update.

Seeing that the Ducks picked up an elite quarterback (4-star Jay Butterfield) for this 2020 class not too long ago, I wouldn’t be shocked to see some skill position players begin to hop on board. Could Holden be one of them?

We’ll have to monitor his recruitment, because he’s certainly looking like a possibility.

Offensive tackle Roger Rosengarten was back in Eugene this weekend, and he had nothing but positive things to say about the trip.

The Colorado 4-star's parents were with him, and they loved it as well. He got to go on the field at Autzen with the staff, and we know that special treatment has worked with other recruits.

Oregon offered before Washington and has been recruiting him a bit longer. We’ve already seen Mario Cristobal be extremely successful with offensive line recruits, and I certainly wouldn't be surprised to see Rosengarten pick the Ducks in the end.

The upcoming visit to Washington might just be a formality. He didn’t tip his hand in any one direction, but my conversation with him only made me more confident in the Ducks being his top choice.

I spoke with Jaden Navarrette this past weekend, fresh off his visit to Eugene. He brought a ton of family with him, like eight people, almost his whole extended family. They all loved it, even his grandma, who usually takes a pretty dispassionate look at schools.

Navarrette even said, “She couldn’t find any cons.”

I know this guy flipped from LSU after just two weeks, but you have to keep in mind that the change of heart came after he visited Oregon. Since then, the 4-star linebacker has been just about as pro-Oregon as possible on Twitter, and hasn’t taken other visits that I’m aware of. On top of all of that, he mentioned shutting his recruitment down for good and making Oregon his only official visit whenever that time comes.

I think this guy could develop into a key recruiter for the Ducks, as we saw with Mase Funa with the 2019 class. He’s also from Los Angeles, which will only aid the Ducks in raiding the Southern California area for some of the top talent in the state.

Navarrette is definitely OKG for the Ducks and Duck fans.

Trey Benson is the top running back on the Ducks' board, and the Mississippi 3-star has been trying to set up a trip to see the Ducks for quite some time. It looks like he’s about to do that, and bonus: He’s scheduled to come to Eugene with teammate Dillon Johnson.

The two have talked about playing in college together, and that could happen with Johnson being listed as an athlete and Benson being a running back. This weekend sees Benson in Louisville to check out the Cardinals.

Benson's twitter has been very pro-Oregon ever since his initial offer. Mississippi State leads the way for his Crystal Ball predictions with 4 out of 6, but Oregon received the two other picks – and they also happen to be the most recent.

With Benson coming to campus soon, it seems like RB coach Jim Mastro could get his wish.

Seven McGee recently moved back to upstate New York after some time in Southern California. One of the prized targets in Oregon’s 2021 class, the shifty running back has decided to transfer back to East High School in Rochester (N.Y.). He transferred to Narbonne High School in Los Angeles this past year but decided he wanted to go back to play in front of his mom, per East co-head coach Steve Flagler.

The rising junior topped 1,000 all-purpose yards last season and earned MVP honors of the Rochester City Athletic Conference. He first committed to Oregon when he was a freshman, backed off his commitment, then reaffirmed his sophomore year.

Things have been pretty quiet with McGee on the recruiting trail lately, but he will be someone the Ducks definitely need to keep working on throughout the process. He has established some good friendships with California players, and that will likely help the Ducks add to the Cali Flock.

Oregon pledge Avantae Williams surprised everyone last week by releasing a list of top-7 schools, a tweet that has since then been deleted. He also tweeted out a picture of his Oregon commitment edit and said he was “still committed” -- complete with a thumbs-up emoji.

The 4-star safety has been committed since late December, but he’s taken visits to some of the schools in his native state of Florida. He visited Eugene for the Spring Game, and if the Ducks can get him back out on campus over the summer that likely would be significant.

On the topic of transfers: how about Bru McCoy?

I personally don’t think McCoy should be granted immediate eligibility given that he already transferred once this off-season (from USC to Texas). However, as for how it affects the Pac-12, I think this might be one of the few bright spots in USC’s off-season.

Being granted eligibility at Texas was a miracle in itself considering his only “hardship” was his offensive coordinator leaving for a bigger job. As we’ve seen during this free agency frenzy, coaches can leave whenever they want, yet players aren’t granted eligibility when they face

legitimate hardship. Take the the case of Illinois’ Luke Ford, who transferred from Georgia to be closer to his ailing grandfather.

While I don’t know whether McCoy will be granted immediate eligibility, I know he would be a very welcome addition to a Trojan squad that has been hurting as of late.

 
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