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Torres' Take: Recapping the Latest in Oregon Football Recruiting

December 25, 2019
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Welcome back to Torres’ Take. It’s been a while since I’ve put one of these together, but things have been crazy with school and finals. 

Oregon recently inked more than 20 players for 2020 and continues to stockpile talent like nobody’s business. I spoke with recruits from elite high school programs and put it together in this feature for ScoopDuck readers! 

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I hope everyone is enjoying their holidays and getting excited to watch the Ducks in the Rose Bowl! Add my name to those hoping for a throwback uniform or another Jordan collaboration. 

All we know right now is that Oregon is going to wear dark, home jerseys because it is the higher-ranked team. 

 

Early National Signing Day 

It was a great day for Oregon, as they received big-time commitments from two prospects who fill holes on the roster. 

Starting the day off with an announcement from 5-star linebacker Justin Flowe was great, but then QB Robby Ashord not only committing but signing was huge. Just thinking about how fast he went from being committed to Ole Miss to signing with Oregon shows you just how well this staff can sell the school. 

It also can’t be forgotten that Ashford is from Alabama, and this staff got him to come all the way across the country to play his college ball. He adds a dual-threat aspect to the position room; it’ll be nice to have him on campus to push Tyler Shough, Cale Millen and Jay Butterfield. 

Losing 4-stars Johnny Wilson to Arizona State and Myles Slusher to Arkansas hurt, but I expect the Ducks to make up for those losses by adding other high-quality players. Don’t Oregon added transfer Devon Williams from USC, and the former 4-star (0.9791 on the 247Sports composite) brings the size Oregon is looking for in a wideout. 

Noah Sewell is also a massive addition for this team, another 5-star linebacker who could augment what is developing into one of the scariest front sevens in the nation. 

The only verbal commits who didn’t sign were tight end Seth Figgins and linebacker Peter Latu. I’m not sure if they will end up as Ducks, but it would be great if this class could add a tight end.  

 

Oregon in Los Angeles 

I couldn’t help but talk about this. USC has completely fallen off the recruiting map, and Oregon is leading the way in reaping the benefits. 

The Trojans hanging onto Clay Helton was primarily to save face; recruits don’t seem all that confident to hop on what could be a sinking ship -- particularly recruits from Los Angeles. Flowe’s commitment solidified the belief that the Ducks can go anywhere they want in the country and recruit whomever they please, regardless of the competition. 

Reggie Bush made a great point during the conference title game when he asked, “What is Oregon selling that USC can’t?” I’m wondering if it’s just the perception of instability that is having such an impact. 

Oregon continues to mine the richest SoCal recruiting grounds, and the L.A. schools are for the most part standing by and watching it happen. The Ducks have established great relationships with both St. John Bosco and Mater Dei, schools that consistently fill their rosters with some of the best talent Southern California has to offer. What’s even better is that on New Year’s Day, recruits and kids in the area will be watching not UCLA, not USC, but Oregon compete in the Granddaddy of Them All. 

Attribute a lot of the Ducks’ success in the area to Donte Williams and Keith Heyward, who both have great ties to the area. It’s about relationships in recruiting, and these two make some of the best connections in the conference.  

 

Kelee Ringo/Darnell Washington 

There’s been a lot of chatter and smoke about these two 5-stars considering Oregon. While the Ducks are very hot right now, it’s not terribly likely the Ducks sign the duo. 

I doubt Ringo would endorse the Ducks by wearing an Oregon shirt on National Signing Day and then come to Eugene. As for Washington, I don’t know why he too would spoil his own commitment by commenting he signed to Oregon on Flowe’s Instagram. 

The chatter for Ringo has been all Georgia as of late, and Washington has been linked recently with Tennessee as well as the Bulldogs. 

Many believe both have signed and are just waiting to announce at their respective all-American games next month. However, missing on Ringo wouldn’t be the end of the world, because the Ducks are in a great spot with another elite cornerback.  

 

Dontae Manning 

As I write this on Christmas Eve, the Ducks are the only school to receive a crystal ball prediction on 247Sports for the former Oklahoma Sooners commit. There are 10 predictions for Oregon and one that is undecided/foggy, all of which came leading up to the early signing day. 

The 4-star (0.9650 per the Composite) would certainly be a great “consolation” prize should Ringo take his talents to Athens. Williams and Heyward are some of the best closers in the business, and it seems like the Ducks could very well get the call when Manning announces his commitment on Jan. 9. 

He will be choosing from finalists Oregon, Arizona State, Georgia, Texas A&M and Oklahoma. I’m going to be logging my pick in favor of the Ducks.          

 

Maximus Gibbs 

The Ducks are looking to shore up depth along an offensive line that will see four starters and a top backup leave after the Rose Bowl. 

Gibbs is a 6-6, 360-pound junior, a 3-star (0.8477 per the Composite) who is playing for the prep national champions: St. John Bosco Braves in Bellflower (Calif.). His recruitment has picked up a lot recently with offers coming in from the likes of USC, Oregon, Michigan and Washington State. 

Early in the process, Gibbs is most intrigued by the atmosphere surrounding the Oregon program, after having met players Sua’ava Poti and Dallas Warmack. Gibbs is focused not only on trying to schedule a trip to Eugene, but also to some other programs that have offered, including Oklahoma, Miami and Colorado. 

Hometown USC has reached out as well. Gibbs said he likes the Trojans because they are close to home, the coaching staff is honest with him, and his grandfather is a diehard fan. 

At the next level, Gibbs looking for a school that has a family vibe and will develop him for the NFL. He’s looking for an honest coach who doesn't play favorites and will help him improve his game. 

During his off-season, Gibbs is going to work on his frame and flexibility, which he hopes to do in part by picking up rugby. He hasn’t yet talked to current teammate and Oregon signee Kris Huston, but Hutson’s father has been in Gibbs’ ear about the Ducks. 

 

Korey Foreman 

The Ducks signed the top player in the state of California in 2020 and are right back at it with this 5-star defensive lineman -- the top player in California and the entire nation. 

The defensive end said he’s hearing from the Oregon coaching staff every day, mainly Mario Cristobal and Tre Watson. Their conversations are mainly about life and building a relationship. 

Foreman has been to Eugene before, where he said he felt the staff already treated him as if he was a committed player. His parents also enjoyed the trips. 

Foreman said the staff switches things up every time and keeps things fresh. He’s hoping to take a trip back to Oregon ahead of his official visits. 

Aside from Oregon, Foreman is looking to visit LSU, Clemson and Georgia. He is looking for a school that will develop him as an athlete on the field, as well as a person prepared for life after football. 

As he enters the off-season the 6-5, 275-pound recruit is looking to improve on his speed. In addition to lining up at defensive line and linebacker for the Centennial Huskies, he would like to play some wide receiver next season. 

 

Cristian Dixon 

Another elite Southern California prospect in 2021 is 6-2, 190-pound 4-star (0.9491 per the Composite) wide receiver from Mater Dei in Santa Ana (Calif.). 

Reflecting on a season that saw Mater Dei lose to St. John Bosco in the state playoffs, Dixon thought he didn’t play to the best of his abilities. He said it took him a while to adjust to the system and get acclimated. 

Dixon has had some big shoes to fill, playing behind current USC wideouts Amon-Ra St. Brown and Bru McCoy. From the Ducks, the wideout had been hearing the most from former Oregon offensive analyst Prentice Gill – before he left to join the staff at Arizona State. While he was talking to Gill they were in the preliminary steps of building a relationship. 

Dixon was in Eugene this spring, and he said he enjoyed the hospitality and family atmosphere. He hasn’t heard from the Ducks much recently, but I could see them reaching out more after the Rose Bowl when they have hired an offensive coordinator. 

Notre Dame currently leads the 247Sports Crystal Ball with two predictions. You can watch his junior season highlights here. 

Dixon is ranked the No. 23 wide receiver in his class and the No. 12 player in California. He has offers from coast to coast, including Miami, Florida State, LSU, and Auburn. 

You can view his recruiting profile here.  A more in depth update will be posted soon. 

 

Jode McDuffie  

The Ducks were the second Pac-12 school to offer the 5-10, 165-pound 3-star (0.8300 per the Composite) wide receiver from St. John Bosco. He’s hearing from the Ducks every couple of weeks. 

McDuffie said he is intrigued by the spread offense the Ducks run and has a lot of friends who go to school at Oregon. He’s been speaking with Cristobal and likes that he is very enthusiastic, kind and genuine. 

I asked McDuffie what kind of coach he would like to see fill the vacant coordinator position. He said he’d like to see one who airs it out and runs formations with five wide receivers. 

Dixon plans to get on campus during his senior season. As for visits he’d like to take, he is hoping for Arizona State, Oregon and Washington. He’s looking for a school that feels like home and is primarily focusing on schools on the West Coast. 

Dixon, who broke his collarbone towards the end of the season, spends a lot of his free time cooking meals. His favorite thing to make is a double bacon cheeseburger. 

You can watch his junior highlights

 
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