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Torres' Take

June 11, 2019
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Faaope Laloulu

Oregon got things rolling this weekend in its 2020 offensive line class with this commitment. At 6-7 and 390, Laloulu certainly fits the mold we’ve seen Cristobal seek, although he’ll need to drop some pounds before making an impact at Oregon.

Laloulu's commitment was big for a couple of reasons. It comes at a position of need, with a majority of the starting offensive line set to graduate and/or head to the NFL next season. After only signing two offensive linemen in 2019, the Ducks will likely take upwards of four or five this cycle.

Also significant is that this commitment could help the Ducks get back into Hawaii. While Hawaii has traditionally been a strong pipeline for Oregon, the Ducks haven't signed a recruit from the Aloha State since Isaac Slade-Matautia.

Hopefully, this re-establishes a connection that had faded in the post-Mariota era.

Jared Greenfield

Another big commitment for the Ducks this week,Greenfield also comes at a position of need – especially given the possibility of juniors Deommodore Lenoir and Thomas Graham testing the NFL waters after the 2019 season.

With Greenfield’s pledge, the Ducks now have four defensive backs committed, with the staff probably willing to take more following the Chris Steele debacle. I had the chance to speak with Jared after his commitment and asked him why Oregon is having so much success when it comes to recruiting Southern California.

Greenfield told me that USC and UCLA are prioritizing out-of-state recruits and then circling back to players in the area. He also added that they have a lot of coaches with NFL experience, but they aren’t necessarily the strongest recruiters.

Greenfield's commitment is huge as well because it strengthens the CaliFlock movement that we saw form the base of the record-setting 2019 class. Greenfield goes to Narbonne High, which is loaded with talent.

One teammate to keep an eye on in Harbor City is WR Josh Jackson, who committed to the Trojans over Oregon but is likely to take other visits. I’d expect him to be hearing from Greenfield about what’s building in Eugene.

Slew of visitors this week

The Ducks will host four official visitors this week: athlete Dillon Johnson and RB Trey Benson from Mississippi, and OL Marcus Harper from Illinois.

I don’t think there’s much buzz between the Ducks and Johnson, because there’s a little uncertainty about what position he’d play in Eugene. The real juice in that group lies with Benson and Harper.

Benson recently released his top 7 schools, and to no one’s surprise the Ducks made the list. He has been considered a Duck lean for a while – even though he hadn’t visited yet and has Ole Miss and Mississippi State recruiting him hard.

Benson’s been promoting Oregon a lot on Twitter, and the Ducks are gaining some steam for him on the 247Sports Crystal Ball.

Harper has been looking forward to this trip for a while, and the Ducks feel like they’re in a good spot with him. He decommitted from Illinois at the end of April and has been showing a lot of interest in Purdue ever since.

Later in the week, fresh off visiting Seattle, DE Jake Shipley comes to town for his official visit. He had great things to say about his first time in Eugene and the Ducks seem really interested in him.

Shipley's top 5 is composed of five Pac-12 teams. Oregon certainly would prefer to land him than to wind up competing against him.

Mase Funa's LDS Mission

In a topic that has received a lot of buzz lately, Funa announced he will decide what he wants to do regarding his mission after he plays his freshman season -- that is, IF he plays. Oregon returns a lot of defensive talent this year, and Funa comes in a little heavier than the staff probably would like.

Question is: If he redshirts, how early does the staff make that decision, and will that make him lean towards taking the mission? Note as well that Aaron Feld has crafted some gems in the weight room, while Funa comes to Oregon as the highest rated linebacker commit in program history – and has a chip on his shoulder.

Funa will definitely be a player to watch as the rest of the 2019 class arrives in Eugene later this month.

Roman Wilson

The 4-star Hawaii wide receiver made an unofficial visit to Eugene last weekend. It was big for Oregon to get him on campus for a few reasons.

The Ducks are working their way back into the state of Hawaii, and Wilson attends St. Louis High -- Marcus Mariota's old school. Whenever there's a big talent at that school, you have to take advantage of it and at least start some dialogue.

Wilson is also incredibly fast. He ran a 4.3 40-yard dash at The Opening in Oakland and maxed out at a 39-inch vertical jump.

Oregon is always searching for speedsters who can make plays in space, and Wilson could certainly fit the bill. Best of all: He said he plans on coming back to check out the school some more.

Myles Murao's list

Murao listed the Ducks in his top 7 along with Washington, UCLA, Georgia and Texas A&M. He’s been largely viewed as a USC lean, as if he’s basically theirs to lose at this point.

Murao goes to Mater Dei, where Oregon has built a great connection, so it’s not completely over and done with. I personally think he should be viewed as a priority by this staff because he has offers from pretty much every program in the country.

Getting Murao on campus will be huge in the recruitment of one of the top prospects in Jhop’s Ultimate 25.

 
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