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Torres' Take: Recapping Latest in Oregon Recruiting

May 12, 2020
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Welcome back to Torres’ Take. 

It’s been quite the past couple of weeks, and I’m finally finished with my undergrad work at Gonzaga. So that means I’m looking forward to my first class in July at Oregon's School of Journalism and Communication. 

Just wanted to take the time to thank everyone for their support and for reading my articles, and to Jhop and my fellow ScoopDuck writers for all their support. I can’t wait to get to Eugene. 

Without further ado, let’s get caught up on all things recruiting. It’s been a fairly busy week on the trail. 

Bram Walden 

The Ducks reeled in their highest-rated commit of 2021 last week with this 6-5, 280-pound prep. Walden is the top prospect in the state of Arizona, which has been teeming with talent as of late. 

The Ducks have a strong pipeline into California, and they do well in Washington and Oregon when the Pacific Northwest turns out FBS-level talent. However, it never hurts to venture into other regions, especially with Arizona State turning things around under Herm Edwards. 

As for Walden, his recruitment ultimately came down to Oregon and USC. The Trojans actually lucked out and booked the last pre-lockdown visit from the 4-star (0.9618 on the 247Sports Composite), but it wasn’t enough. 

In case you had any doubts about this Oregon staff’s recruiting chops, Walden committed to the Ducks without setting foot on campus. As for official visits moving forward, he mentioned only a trip to Eugene. For now, he is 100 percent locked in with Oregon and leaning towards enrolling early. 

Walden is the second offensive lineman on Mario Cristobal’s commit list for 2021, which may dial up the pressure on other elite prospects to make a decision. One such athlete, Utah’s Kingsley Suamataia, has been trending to Oregon for quite some time now.  

Speaking of Suamataia … 

The lineman was seen training in Utah recently with reigning Outland Trophy winner and current Duck Penei Sewell. The Sewell and Suamataia families have a close bond; their sons Kingsley and Noah both played at Orem High. 

The Ducks are surging with the 4-star (0.9669 on the Composite), and they hold all nine of the 247 Crystal Ball predictions. 

Moliki Matavao 

The Ducks are pursuing the top player in the state of Nevada as well: a 6-6, 235-pound tight end from Liberty High in Henderson. Matavao recently placed Oregon in his top schools, alongside Penn State, Georgia, UCLA, Washington and Tennessee. 

Cristobal was able to get Matavao on campus for the school’s Junior Day back in March, and that wound up being his last trip to any school prior to the outbreak. He told me he’s been keeping his eye on what teams have at quarterback, and man do the Ducks have a gem committed in Ty Thomspon. 

Matavao could be another explosive weapon, joining fellow 2021 commits Kyron Ware-Hudson and Seven McGee. His uncle was with him in Eugene; as Jhop mentioned in The Juice, it might just take getting Matavao back on campus with his parents to reel him in. 

Matavao told me that if it takes a while for schools to reopen for visits, it could lead to an earlier commitment -- either May or June. At the moment, Washington holds the only 247Sports Crystal Ball prediction. 

That noted, I’d say Oregon is probably the team to beat for this 4-star (0.9357 on the Composite and the nation’s No. 4 prospect at his position).  

Jonah Miller 

The 4-star (0.9055 on the Composite) offensive lineman released his top schools last week. Oregon found itself in the company of USC, Penn State, Washington, Texas and Arizona State. 

The 6-8, 285-pounder attends Sahuaro High in Tucson, where he is ranked as the No. 25 offensive tackle in the country and the No. 5 player in Arizona. Oregon and USC split the Crystal Ball picks, with Oregon receiving the most recent one from Steve Wiltfong, 247Sports’ highly respected director of football recruiting. 

Remember that Arizona pipeline? It looks like it could come in handy here. Oregon will push to get Miller on campus as soon as possible.  

 

New Offers from the Ducks 

 

2022 

Harold Perkins, outside linebacker 

6-3, 190 pounds 

Ranking/rating: N/A 

Cy Park High in Cypress (Texas) 

Offers of note: Alabama, Baylor, Florida, Oklahoma 

Bear Alexander, 4-star defensive tackle 

6-4, 333 pounds 

Skyline High in Dallas (Texas) 

Rated 0.9000 per the 247Sports Composite 

No. 14 DT, No. 30 player in Texas 

Offers of note: Alabama, Ole Miss, Texas, LSU 

Drew Shelton, offensive tackle 

6-5, 270 pounds 

Downington West High in Downington (Pa.) 

Ranking/rating: N/A 

Offers of note: Penn State, West Virginia, Kansas State 

2023 

Olaus Alinen, offensive tackle  

6-6, 315 pounds 

Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor (Conn.) 

Offers of note: Michigan, Georgia Tech,  

Native of Finland 

Highlights  

Likes to push cars for fun in his free time 

 

 
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