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Torres Take: Oregon Football Weekly Recruiting Recap

November 13, 2019

I bet we all missed watching the Ducks in action this past week. I know I did. However, it probably doesn’t hurt to have a second bye week when you’re trying to win a conference championship and stay healthy enough to maybe make it into the College Football Playoff.

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We have tons of recruiting updates for ya, so sit back and get caught up on all the latest.

Trey Benson

I checked in with the Oregon running back commit after some rumblings about him visiting Mississippi State. I can assure you: All is well with Oregon's lone 2020 pledge at the position.

The 3-star said he still hears from schools such as Louisville, LSU and Mississippi State. But since he verballed, he said he doesn’t respond much.

Benson added that while he will probably attend some Bulldog games, it really doesn’t mean anything; he’s just bored. Oregon running back coach Jim Mastro was in Greenville last week to check in on his prize commit, and things remain familial.

When a member of the coaching staff isn’t in Mississippi to see him in person, they are contacting Benson DAILY. Benson said he’s hearing from the entire staff, but highlighted his conversations with Mastro, Mario Cristobal and Andy Avalos.

We’ve seen a variety of running backs come through Eugene in this decade, from the speedy De’Anthony Thomas to the powerful Royce Freeman. Benson believes he’s a combination of those types.

At a shade over 6 feet and 207 pounds, Benson’s 4.4 speed is a blend of size and speed we haven’t seen in a while at Oregon. Benson said he’s hoping to add another 5 to 10 pounds by the time he arrives in Eugene, which he told me won’t be until June.

Benson said he’ll be at Autzen at least one more time this season: on November 30, when the Ducks host the Beavers for the Civil War. He will likely be a December signee. 

Dwight McGlothern

The Ducks have the majority of their 2020 class in hand, but some needs remain unfilled.

Aside from defensive line and maybe one more receiver, the staff wants to add one more defensive back, preferably a corner. And

McGlothern is very high on the board.

McGlothern has included the Ducks in his top five schools, joining Arkansas, Georgia, LSU and Texas. His main recruiter has been Donte Williams, who sees moving him all around the field, locking up the opponent’s best player.

The No. 51 recruit in Texas likes Oregon because Pac-12 teams throw a lot and he feels like the program fits him well. The play of Oregon’s defense has caught his attention, as have the coaching staff and fan base.

In particular, he likes the “Shout” tradition at every game.

On the visit front, he’s taken an official to Arkansas and is trying to plan one to LSU before his high school season ends. He tripped to Eugene this past spring and loved it.

Looking at the crystal ball predictions for the 4-star (0.8932 per the 247Sports Composite), Texas A&M and Arkansas are tied for the lead.

Julius Coates

The Ducks offered the Eastern Mississippi Community College defensive lineman just last week, and it certainly caught his attention.

The 3-star (0.8156 per 247Sports) is committed to Colorado, but he will be in Eugene on an official visit for the Ducks' game against Arizona. Coates is set to enroll early after graduating in December, so the Ducks only have so much time to get this one wrapped up.

The 6-6, 270-pound strong-side DE is really interested in Oregon, but he’ll have to jump on board soon if he wants to secure a spot. The Illinois native is long and athletic, and he has some experience against strong competition at EMCC.

Korey Foreman

The Ducks made the top 10 schools for the 5-star 2021 defensive lineman from Centennial High School in Corona (Calf.).

Can you say elite? Foreman is rated 0.9997 per the 247Sports Composite -- the top player in the entire country for his class.

The Ducks have made great inroads of late into Southern California, and the 6-4, 245-pound Foreman could be the next Kayvon Thibodeaux. Foreman was seen rocking Oregon gear in a recent interview -- which probably doesn’t mean a whole lot, but it certainly doesn’t hurt.

There’s a long way to go here, but it looks like the Ducks have positioned themselves well. They are battling some big names; other schools in his top 10 are Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, Vanderbilt, USC and Washington.

USC leads with all three predictions on the 247 crystal ball.

Kenean Caldwell

Another defensive line target, Caldwell's interest in the Ducks looks like it could materialize into a visit.

While he’s committed to Kansas, Caldwell is taking full advantage of his five allotted official visits with plans to see Kansas, Oregon and TCU. He’s also considering visits to Louisiana Tech and Southern Mississippi, but I’d guess those would be on his own dime (unofficial).

We’ll see how much he really likes Oregon after his visit or if he remains solid in his pledge to Les Miles and the Jayhawks. 

DJ Rogers

With the impending departures of seniors. Ryan Bay and Jacob Breeland, and with Cam McCormick battling yet another leg injury, the staff is looking at bringing in another 2020 tight end. Las Vegas 5-star Darnell Washington seems to have developed some interest in the Ducks recently, but Rogers has been an Oregon fan for a while.

The Snohomish (Wash.) prep still has all of his official visits to take, and he has all but one figured out. He’s headed to Cal, Arizona State (when the Ducks come to Tempe), Oregon and LSU. He’s also considering visits to Georgia, West Virginia and Washington State.

Rogers said he likes how coach Bobby Williams has developed his tight ends. And he said breakout star Jacob Breeland’s injury-shortened season caught his attention.

Rogers won’t enroll early, but he hasn’t ruled out the possibility of signing early.

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