Oregon Football Recruiting

Three Thoughts

June 14, 2019


Yes that’s right, you heard the phrase here first. We warned you months ago Jim Mastro, who had never recruited Mississippi before, was setting up shop. That has so far led to the commitment of running back Trey Benson, who committed Friday afternoon following an official visit.

It’s not all champagne and rainbows--on Friday Roger Rosengarten committed to Washington over Oregon in a legitimate head-to-head battle.

I’ve got three thoughts on some of these current events and more.

Benson is a DUDE

I know we’ve had an eval and for months, I’ve pounded the table telling our readers Oregon loves Trey Benson. The recruiting staff and coaches evaluted over 77 running backs nationally and kept coming back to Trey Benson as the guy they truly coveted.

In fact, Oregon wasn’t even certain they needed to sign a back in this class. The stable is loaded and young, and with numbers tight, they were willing to pass on signing a back. However they also were willing to sign a running back if it’s someone they felt could make an impact.

Trey Benson can and will make an impact at Oregon. Just watching his film and film of him at the Opening, it’s hard to believe this is a young man that’s 6-foot-1, 209-pounds and still growing. He’s just a different breed of running back this conference hasn’t seen in a while. In years past we’ve seen Alabama, Georgia and others win with elite game-changing backs. Trey Benson is next.

I don’t often try to hype up a recruit, but as a three-star (per the 247Sports Composite) this kid is severely underrated. I don’t dare want to compare him with the greatness that is Adrian Peterson, but he does exhibit some pretty comparable qualities as a high school back.

This is a difference maker in the Pac-12 for Oregon. Get on the Benson bus folks. The Ducks are bringing a loaded machine gun to a knife fight. 

Mississippi Mastro is ELITE

We don’t often talk about Jim Mastro when mentioning the strengths of Oregon recruiting. And I don’t understand why not.

Last year he was the key to landing Sean Dollars and Jayvaun Wilson, a difficult feat considering the running back group was already pretty strong. Now he’s added the weapon that is Trey Benson.

But Mastro is also a guy who helps a tremendous amount in Northern California and in other areas. In fact he’s been front and center in the recruitments of Dillon Johnson and Montra Edwards, also from Mississippi. 

I know many fans were concerned early on with the possibility of Oregon missing on Trey Benson and not getting a viable back if they did. Many felt Oregon should have purused others harder along the way. But Mastro knew who he wanted and didn’t miss his mark. 

Mississippi Mastro just might be Mario Cristobal’s ‘secret weapon’ in recruiting.

Rosengarten to UW & OL Recruiting

Roger Rosengarten surprised very few ScoopDuck readers of his commitment to UW Friday afternoon. This isn’t sour grapes, or “we didn’t want him anyways.” Straight up, UW beat out Oregon head-to-head for this four-star offensive lineman. I don’t anticipate we’ll see this happen very often but they did here.

But it’s not the end of anything, it’s not the start of a trend. Oregon is going to be just fine at offensive line. The Ducks already have Faaope Laloulu and are looking great for a number of others like Marcus Harper, who just left from his official visit.

Rosengarten is a good player, not to slight him one bit, but not a make-or-break type of prospect. Oregon is already stocked deep with young offensive linemen, and is going to keep building that depth for years to come under Mario Cristobal and Alex Mirabal.

The Ducks have been on the winning end of head-to-head battles with UW for the past year, and I don’t expect this trend to end anytime soon. 

Just relax and let this process play out like it did with Trey Benson.

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