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Torres' Take: Recapping Oregon Football Recruiting

May 21, 2020
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Welcome back to another edition of Torres’ Take. 

It’s been a big week, with Oregon landing yet another prep standout and gaining steam for a handful of other top prospects. The Ducks also were incredibly active with new offers, which are listed below. 

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Jonah Miller 

Oregon made headlines this week with the addition of another lengthy offensive lineman. The 6-8, 285-pound 4-star (0.9046 on the 247Sports Composite) committed to the Ducks over Pac- 12 North rival Washington, as well as Texas, Penn State and others. 

OL gurus Mario Cristobal and Alex Mirabal continue building the strongest offensive line class on the West Coast. With the commitment of the nation’s No. 25 offensive tackle, the Ducks now hold commitments from three of the top five players in the state of Arizona (Bram Walden is No. 1 and Ty Thompson No. 2). 

Miller’s commitment might put a bit of pressure on blue-star OLs Kingsley Suamataia and Bryce Foster to lock in their spots, as Jhop has mentioned. The Ducks are certainly the team to beat for Suamataia; his pledge could be a matter of when, not if. 

From the looks of it, the dominos are starting to fall for 2021. 

Jaylin Davies 

The 4-star (Composite-rated at 0.9397) Mater Dei cornerback announced his top four schools last week: Oregon, Ohio State, Arizona State and USC. I spoke with him about the Ducks back in September. 

The Ducks could face an uphill battle for the nation’s No. 10 cornerback. The 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions are split down the middle between Arizona State and Ohio State. 

For what it’s worth, the Ducks weren’t included in Davies’ original top 7 in late March, so they already have made up considerable ground. To my knowledge, Davies has not set a commitment date. 

Remember: Oregon has an incredibly strong presence in Southern California, particularly with Mater Dei prospects.  

Keanu Williams  

Oregon lists only two defensive commits at the moment: linebackers Keith Brown and Terrell Tilmon. But the Ducks find themselves squarely in the mix for Williams with a trio of Pac 12 schools. 

Stanford, UCLA and USC are all heavily recruiting the 4-star (0.8958) defensive tackle from Clovis High in the Fresno area. He’s planning visits when campuses reopen and will be taking a trip to each of his top schools. 

Stanford was his last trip prior to the shutdown, and that’s one the reason I believe the Cardinal are the team to beat at the moment. Also, he’s very pro-Stanford on Twitter. 

The Ducks are still squarely in the mix here. Williams tells me he hears from the staff on a daily basis.  

Moliki Matavao 

Another HUGE prospect on the Ducks’ 2021 wish list is this 4-star (0.9348 on the Composite) tight end, who is a just week away from his May 27 commitment date. The Ducks have been putting in a lot of work here, checking in daily with Nevada’s top player. 

The nation’s fourth-ranked tight end is working from a top 6 of Oregon, UCLA, Washington, Penn State, Georgia and Tennessee. The Ducks were the last school Matavao visited prior to campuses closing, and I get the sense it left a lasting impression. 

The Liberty High star lauded Joe Moorhead’s use of his tight ends and Bobby Williams’ pedigree of putting tight ends in the NFL. I’d be thoroughly surprised if the Ducks aren’t the choice here. 

You can watch my Zoom interview with Matavao here. The Ducks hold 4 of the 5 predictions on the 247Sports Crystal Ball, with the other going to Penn State. 

Keith Brown 

I spoke with the 2021 Oregon linebacker commit on Zoom to see what he’s up to and to assess his relationship with the Ducks’ coaching staff. The Lebanon standout is very strong in his commitment; he’s excited to represent his state, and he’s working his tail off as a peer recruiter. 

We also talked about how he helped brand the 2021 class with the hashtag #TakeFlight21. You can watch that interview here. 

Jackson Light 

Another one of the first 2021s to pick the Ducks, Jackson is a totally down-to-earth guy with great character. He recently got bumped up to 4-star status (0.8952 on the 247Sports Composite). 

With Jake Hanson now in the NFL, the Ducks are exploring their options at center. Light will be joined in the fall by 2019 commit Logan Sagapolu, whose LDS mission was cut short by the pandemic. 

I spoke with Light about some new dishes he’s cooking up in the kitchen during quarantine and what it was like getting recruited to Oregon. You can catch that interview here. 

New Oregon Offers 

2021 

Jordan Moko, JUCO offensive tackle 

6-5, 320 pounds 

Snow College in Ephraim (Utah) 

Rating/ranking: N/A 

Offers of note: Kansas State, TCU, Utah 

Amir “Chop” McGruder, wide receiver 

6-2, 200 pounds 

Palo Verde High in Las Vegas (Nevada) 

Rating/ranking: N/A 

Offers of note: Southeastern, UNLV (preferred walk-on) 

Brashard Smith, 3-star wide receiver/all-purpose back 

5-8.5, 190 pounds 

Miami Palmetto High (Florida) 

Rating: 0.8892 Composite, No. 2 APB, No. 51 prospect in Florida 

Offers of note: Alabama, Florida, Miami, Michigan 

Distinction: UnderArmour All-American 

2022 

Santana Hopper, defensive tackle 

6-3, 280 pounds 

Shelby High (N.C.) 

Rating/ranking: N/A  

Offers of note: Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Tennessee 

Andre Green Jr., wide receiver 

6-3, 180 pounds 

St. Christopher’s School in Richmond (Va.) 

Rating/ranking: N/A 

Offers of note: Arizona State, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, Penn State 

Jaydn Marshall, 3-star wide receiver 

6-0, 185 pounds 

St. Mary’s High in Stockton (Calif.) 

Rating/ranking: 0.8500 Composite, No. 68 WR, No. 56 prospect in California 

Offers of note: California, Nebraska, USC 

Other sports: track (hurdles, sprints)  

Randy Masters, 4-star wide receiver 

6-0, 165 pounds 

Shadow Creek High in Pearland (Texas) 

Rating/ranking: 0.9000 per 247 Sports Composite, No. 22 WR, No. 24 prospect in Texas 

Offers of note: LSU, Tennessee, Florida, Ole Miss 

Ephesians Prysock, 4-star safety 

6-3, 170 pounds 

Bishop Alemany High in Mission Hills (Calif.) 

Rating/ranking: 0.9000 per 247 Sports Composite, No. 13 S, No. 17 prospect in California 

Offers of note: Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, USC, LSU, Florida 

Ernest Cooper IV, 4-star defensive end 

6-4, 215 pounds 

Martin High in Arlington (Texas) 

Rating/ranking: 0.93000 per the Composite, No. 6 WDE, No. 10 prospect in Texas 

Offers of note: Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State, Oklahoma 

Malick Sylla, 4-star defensive end 

6-5, 225 pounds 

Katy High (Texas) 

Rating/ranking: 0.9300 per 247 Sports Composite, No. 5 WDE, No. 9 prospect in Texas 

Offers of note: Alabama, LSU, Penn State, Tennessee 

Distinction: UnderArmour All-American 

Jaden Mickey, 4-star cornerback 

5-11, 165 pounds 

Corona Centennial High (Calif.) 

Rating/ranking: 0.9000 per 247Sports, No. 24 CB, No. 18 prospect in California 

Offers of note: Arizona State, Georgia, Michigan State, USC 

Uluakinofo Taliauli, offensive guard 

6-3, 260 pounds 

Saint Francis High in Mountain View (Calif.) 

Rating/ranking: 0.8400 on 247Sports 

The Ducks are his first offer 

http://www.hudl.com/v/2CPKFP  

2023 

Tyriq Blanding, defensive end/defensive tackle 

6-3, 255 pounds 

Christ the King High in Queens (N.Y.) 

Rating/ranking: N/A 

Offers of note: Michigan, Miami, West Virginia 

 

Siale Esera, outside linebacker 

6-3, 240 pounds 

Timpview High in Provo (Utah) 

Rating/ranking: N/A 

Offers of note: BYU, Michigan, Nebraska, USC 

 

 
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