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Torres' Take: Latest Oregon Recruiting News

March 16, 2020

Welcome back to the Take. Sorry I had to miss last week, but I’m glad to be back to the writing grind! 

I know a lot of people have their minds on COVID-19, but let’s take this as an opportunity to distract ourselves from the pandemic with some news about the Ducks and how this staff is building a juggernaut on the field and on the recruiting trail.  

Ty Thompson 

It’s simply the biggest story on the recruiting trail this week: The Ducks now have their signal caller in the 2021 class. 

The 4-star (rated 0.9385 per 247Sports Composite) from Mesquite High in Gilbert (Ariz.) chose the Ducks over California, LSU and Miami, among others. What is really significant is how early Oregon locked up the nation’s No. 8 pro-style quarterback; now, other offensive recruits know with whom they will be playing. 

Thompson has great mobility in and out of the pocket and a cannon of an arm, which is complemented by his great touch on deep balls. Just from watching a minute of his highlights, this kid LOVES to chuck it downfield. 

Thompson has a bit of a unique delivery, but he is pretty accurate. I think he will serve as an astounding addition for 2021: Thompson threw for 4,000 yards and 45 touchdowns as a junior. The commitment of a fifth 4-star prospect – and a top 150 recruit -- vaults the Ducks’ 2021 class into top 10 territory (ninth), and further cements them as top dogs in Pac-12 recruiting. 

The commits average a rating of 0.9309, trailing only Clemson, Ohio State and Texas by that measure.  

Victory Vaka 

The Ducks made the top 5 for the 4-star (0.9233 on the Composite) defensive tackle from Westlake Village (Calif.). They find themselves in the company of Florida, Florida State, Michigan and Texas A&M. 

The Ducks will get an official visit from Vaka, although travel restrictions have cast doubt on the exact date. He could be the next great addition to the Oregon defensive line. 

Stephen Ortiz Jr.  

Ortiz is one of Oregon's top targets at defensive back. He was in Eugene recently for Junior Day with his 7-on-7 team, FSP. 

Ortiz was joined by two FSP teammates: WR Troy Franklin and Oregon LB commit Keith Brown. Ortiz says Brown is in both of their ears about coming to Oregon. Franklin, a top receiving talent, has consistently placed Oregon in his top group. 

Ortiz was accompanied by his father, and they both came away praising the coaches, the facilities and the uniforms. The 4-star (Composite-rated at 0.9036) cornerback from Arizona said he “loves it all” when it comes to Oregon, and it looks very much like the Ducks further entrenched themselves in his top schools. 

A more complete update is in the works. 

Jayden Wayne 

The 2023 athlete made a trip to Oregon recently and was impressed by what he saw, citing his conversations with the coaching staff and their “honest and straightforward” recruiting approach as a major plus. So far, Wayne’s main recruiters at Oregon have been Mario Cristobal and Joe Salave’a. 

At 6-5 and 225 pounds, the Tacoma native can play multiple positions. Some schools that he would like to visit include Tennessee, Florida, Notre Dame and Virginia Tech. 

JD Coffey 

Another big name at Junior Day was this 4-star (0.9273 on the Composite) safety from Kennedale (Texas). 

Coffey said he had “a great time,” speaking mainly with DB coaches Keith Heyward and Rod Chance. He told our Jonathan Charles that he could see himself playing for either at the next level. 

Coffey is hoping to make his college decision prior to the start of his senior year. The nation’s No. 7 safety for 2021 has no shortage of options, including Florida, LSU, Michigan and Penn State. 

Texas leads his 247Sports Crystal Ball with 100 percent of the predictions.  

Earnest Greene 

Moving to the 2022 class, Greene clearly is a top choice at offensive line. The 6-4, 301-pound tackle rates as a 4-star (0.9000 on the Composite). 

Greene plays his high school ball at Southern California powerhouse St. John Bosco. The nation’s No. 4 offensive tackle -- and a top 10 talent out of California -- also holds offers from Arizona State, Florida State, Oklahoma and USC. 

Greene said Oklahoma, USC, Oregon and LSU are recruiting him the hardest. 

Moliki Matavao  

Tight end is a major position of need in 2021, and Matavao is a top target for the Ducks. 

Ranked by the Composite as the No. 4 player at his position in the country, Matavao was recently on campus in Eugene. He got to observe practice and said he was blown away by the intensity and order of the team. 

Matavao has been recruited by new Oregon OC Joe Moorhead since his days at Penn State, so the Ducks aren’t starting from scratch here. Matavao likes how Moorhead utilized his tight ends in the past, and he is encouraged by what that could mean for him at Oregon. 

Matavao has more than 30 offers, and has Washington leads in the 247Sports Crystal Ball. He likely will make his decision from among his top 10 schools: Georgia, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Ohio State, Oregon, Penn State, Tennessee, UCLA and Washington. 

Matavao told our Jonathan Charles that Penn State, Georgia, UCLA and now Oregon will likely get official visits.  

Wide receiver coaching search  

The Ducks are in the market for another offensive assistant with Jovon Bouknight off to Kentucky. 

Under Coach Bo, fans saw improvement from the Oregon receivers in terms of production, but it's possible he might have fallen a bit short on the recruiting trail. The Ducks only signed one wide receiver, speedy Kris Hutson, and watched lanky 4-star Johnny Wilson flip to ASU late in the game. 

Jhop released a hot board that includes such names as former Oregon wide receiver Samie Parker and Hawaii’s Brennan Marion. The spread of COVID-19 probably will delay this hire, but at least we have somewhat of an idea of what direction the Ducks are headed.  

Recent Offers 

2021: Diego Pounds, 6-6, 298 pounds, 3-star (0.8416 by the 247Sports Composite) 

Millbrook High, Raleigh (N.C.) 

No. 84 OT, No. 47 player in North Carolina 

Offers of note: Arizona State, Louisville, Tennessee

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