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Torres' Take

October 23, 2019
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With Oregon's huge win over the Huskies, the Ducks took complete control of the Pac-12 North. They can consolidate that position on Saturday night against an always dangerous WSU squad.

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Also, some high profile recruits are planning visits to Eugene. Let’s get to it.

Emeka Egbuka

Oregon is still in pursuit of the nation's top 2021 athlete.

Egbuka holds an offer from just about every major powerhouse, including Clemson, LSU, Oregon, Ohio State and Stanford. And as the No. 9 overall recruit on the 247Sports Composite, the 5-star (0.9943) probably can take his pick.

While ranked as an athlete, Egbuka has raised a lot of eyebrows through his play at wide receiver. At 6-1 and 190 pounds, he has the tools to be a very successful pass catcher or defensive back at the next level.

Egbuka doesn’t have any visits set up at the moment, but did release his top 10 schools just last week: Alabama, Clemson, LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Stanford, USC and Washington. He told our Jonathan Charles that Clemson, LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Stanford and Washington are keeping the most consistent contact with him.

Egbuka hopes to get up to Eugene to visit Oregon soon. Meanwhile, the Steilacoom (Wash.) star is hoping to help his team finish strong after starting just 3-2.

Steven Ortiz Jr.

Oregon's 2021 class has three commitments, and the Ducks would love to add this elite Arizona product.

Ortiz is ranked a 4-star (0.9215 per the 247Sports Composite) cornerback who plays for Desert Eagle High School in Goodyear (Ariz.). At 5-10 and 170, he has the frame to add some more weight under Aaron Feld’s strength and conditioning program.

Ortiz most recently visited Rutgers and Penn State. In Pennsylvania, he witnessed the Nittany Lions take down the Michigan Wolverines after “College GameDay” in front of a crazed white-out crowd in Happy Valley.

As for where Oregon stands, Ortiz has very high interest in the Ducks, and he cited his relationship with Donté Williams and the rest of the coaching staff as the biggest draw. He was present for the Spring Game, but now he wants to experience the game day atmosphere at Autzen.

As Mario Cristobal looks to further build upon his relationship with Ortiz, I’m sure they’ll mention the recent success they’ve had with such Arizona players as Tyler Shough, Haki Woods Jr. and Johnny Johnson III.

Washington Game

You aren’t dreaming. Just three years after getting demolished by the Huskies in Eugene to the tune of 70-21, things are getting back to normal for Oregon.

The Ducks’ massive statement win, 35-31, in Seattle marks the beginning of a new win streak in the storied rivalry.

What’s more, it could have been the signature win of Justin Herbert’s career. He may not have had the most eye-popping numbers – 24 for 38 passing for 280 yards and 4 touchdowns. But he didn’t turn the ball over, and he proved himself as a leader, engineering a comeback from down two touchdowns in a hostile road environment.

LT Penei Sewell played ANOTHER insane game, bulldozing Huskies left and right and opening running lanes for Cyrus Habibi-Likio. CHL played a great game, as Marcus Arroyo wisely chose to continue feeding the hot hand on Oregon's rushing committee.

The Ducks will look to carry that momentum back to Eugene as they face a Washington State team paced by Anthony Gordon, who leads the nation in passing yards per game by a whopping 75 yards. I’ll have more on that game in our ScoopDuck predictions later this week.

Injuries

Well for starters, Troy Dye played a majority of this game with a broken thumb; that is absolutely incredible and shows you how heavily invested he is in moving the program forward. Also, Dye threw the downward W on national TV after winning – and I think that is just absolutely savage.

Cornerback Deommodore Lenoir exited after colliding with Nick Pickett on a tackle, but Cristobal said it’s likely he’ll play against WSU. Running back CJ Verdell might have a slight soft tissue strain, but Cristobal looked confident he would return as well.

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