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Torres' Take: Latest in Oregon Football Recruiting

March 31, 2020
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Welcome back to the 40th edition of Torres’ Take. I wanted to mark this milestone by thanking everyone who has continued to support my writing, especially during this dry spell with sports. 

There hasn’t been a lot of recruiting news as of late, but Oregon is in a great spot with a lot of prospects, so let’s take a look at the latest developments on the trail.  

Bram Walden 

The talented 4-star Arizona offensive lineman announced his top 12 schools Monday afternoon. Oregon was on that list along with Arizona State, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, Stanford, Texas, Texas A&M, USC, Utah and Washington. 

The Ducks hold the lone 247Sports Crystal Ball prediction for Walden, coming from Blair Angulo. Walden recently committed to play in the 2021 All-American Bowl. 

The nation’s No. 14 tackle for 2021 on the 247Sports Composite, Walden is a top 100 prospect who rates out at 0.9623.  

Tye Edwards 

The Ducks started recruiting this JUCO running back last season, but he didn’t join the flock. Now at Georgia Military College, Edwards’ interest in the Ducks hasn’t wavered. 

At 6-2 and 225 pounds, Edwards would be a great addition to an Oregon team that has relied mostly on smaller backs in the past few seasons, including C.J. Verdell and Travis Dye. What Edwards likes about Oregon is the staff’s loyalty, as coaches told him they would continue to recruit him should he elect to go to junior college. 

The Ducks are the main team Edwards is hearing from at the moment, and he had a visit set up in the spring – since canceled. Once recruiting resumes, it looks like his main priority is going to be getting back out to Eugene. 

Edwards hopes to make a decision before the fall, but the virus could shake up his visit schedule a bit, so we’ll have to see.  

Ceyair Wright 

The Ducks are in hot pursuit of this 2021 4-star cornerback (rated 0.9637 on the 247Sports Composite). 

The recipient of over 30 offers, Wright told our Jonathan Charles that he had a busy spring planned with visits to Oregon, ASU, Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor and FSU -- all put on hold for now. New cornerbacks coach Rod Chance wasted no time building a relationship with Wright, and Wright likes the dedication he has to his craft. 

Wright hasn’t seen any one school emerge, as all are recruiting him at an even clip. The 6-1, 180-pounder is hoping to find a school that will develop him as a player and as an individual.  

Xamarion Gordon 

Another defensive back the Ducks are evaluating is Gordon, a 2021 4-star safety (rated 0.8909 on the 247Sports Composite). 

Gordon had plans to visit Oregon, Cal and Oklahoma, but those are now on hold. On the recruiting trail, he’s been hearing from Notre Dame, Oregon and USC the most. 

Gordon doesn’t have a commitment timeline in place, so we’ll have to keep an eye on where he visits once recruiting resumes. 

MJ Morris 

The Ducks snagged their 2021 quarterback in Ty Thompson and are moving on to evaluating prep sophomores. Morris, from Carrollton (Ga.), plans to visit Oregon, Stanford, Michigan, Penn State and Florida State. 

Morris’ cousin, Collin Duncan, played under Oregon OC Joe Moorhead last year and spoke highly of him. Morris has also heard great things about coach Mario Cristobal from former Duck Dallas Warmack. 

Oregon and Florida State have started to stand out for Morris, but it’s very early in the process. The schools that have recruited him the most so far are Florida State, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and Penn State. 

The 6-1, 175-pound prospect, who is the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in his class, will have the opportunity to go just about anywhere. Still, the Ducks look to be in a good position here.  

Recent Oregon Offers 

2021 

Robert Simmons, 3-star cornerback (0.8427, 247Sports Composite), 5-9, 160 pounds  

Sandalwood High, Jacksonville (Fla.) 

No. 75 CB, No. 130 player in Florida 

Offers of note: Colorado, Duke, Tennessee 

Jabril McNeil, 3-star outside backer (0.8516, Composite), 6-4, 225 pounds 

Sanderson High, Raleigh (N.C.)  

No. 49 OLB, No. 37 player in North Carolina 

Offers of note: Arkansas, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee 

247 Sports Crystal Ball leader: NC State, 100% 

2023 

Francis Mauigoa, offensive tackle, 6-7, 285 pounds 

Aquinas High, San Bernardino (Calif.) 

Offers of note: Michigan, Mississippi State, Oregon, USC, Utah 

 

 
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