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Torres' Take: Recapping Oregon Football Recruiting

May 27, 2020
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Welcome back to Torres’ Take. 

We didn’t see any commitments in the last week (although we might see one as this gets posted), but it was still a big week packed with recruiting news. Several top Oregon prospects dropped their lists of top schools, and I was able to catch up with one of them on Zoom. 

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Moliki Matavao 

Without a doubt, THE big name all Oregon fans have their eyes on is this 4-star (0.9347 on the 247Sports Composite) tight end from Henderson (Nev.). And by the time you read this, he may have committed. 

Matavao is the top prospect in his state, and he can do it all at a position of need. He is working from a top six of Oregon, Washington, UCLA, Tennessee, Georgia and Penn State. 

All the signs point to Oregon as I write this (May 27), just hours from his commitment. The Ducks lead the 247Sports crystal ball with 100% of the picks. 

You can watch my Zoom interview with him here 

Terrance Ferguson 

Another of Oregon’s top targets at tight end recently released his top 5 schools: Oregon, Auburn, Wisconsin, USC and Tennessee. I spoke with him about what stands out about each school and a possible commitment timeline. 

If everything works out with Matavao, he could be the second tight end to join the 2021 class. You can watch that interview here.  

Troy Franklin 

Oregon finds itself in the thick of it for the top wide receiver out west. 

Franklin, a 4-star (0.9830 on the Composite) from East Palo Alto who attends Menlo Atherton High, recently narrowed his schools to four: Oregon, Alabama, Arizona State and Washington. 

I’m a little surprised to see no California schools listed, especially with USC seemingly getting its act together on the recruiting trail. I spoke with Franklin when he dropped his top 6 back in April. At the time, Oregon didn’t have a wide receiver coach in place, and he said that wasn’t a big deal for him. 

In the meantime, the Ducks brought in Bryan McClendon. QB11 thinks he will be the best recruiter the program has had at that position in quite some time -- perhaps ever. 

The Ducks lead the 247Sports crystal ball with 90% of the picks, with the other 10% going to Washington.  

Brandon Buckner 

The Ducks have been surging in recent days for the 3-star (Composite-rated at 0.8477) linebacker from Chandler (Ariz.). Oregon has received five crystal ball nods in the past week for Buckner. 

The last I spoke with him, it sounded like the Oregon staff had cooled a bit on Buckner. I’m trying to get hold of him and provide an update very soon. 

Buckner, listed on 247 at 6-1 and 234 pounds, is the No. 10 player in Arizona. His commitment would give Oregon four players in that state’s top 10.  

Dont’e Thornton  

This is a name with which Duck recruiting followers are very familiar. He visited Oregon and then backed off his commitment to Penn State some time ago, and the Ducks have appeared to be the team to beat ever since. 

Thornton recently dropped his top 6 schools: Arizona State, Oregon, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame and USC. The Ducks are leading his 247Sports crystal ball at 61.1%, with the remainder going to Penn State. 

The top player in Maryland and the nation’s No. 47 prospect has set a commitment date for January 9. However, as is common with recruiting, that could change. 

Ty Thompson 

The Ducks’ 2021 quarterback commit pulled the trigger in mid-March. He told me he plans on graduating and enrolling early. 

Now, the 4-star is working on building the rest of the 2021 class. I caught up with him to detail his recruitment and talk about what led to his commitment. 

You can watch the full interview for free here. 

Recent Oregon Offers 

 

2021 

Raider Damuni, 3-star athlete 

6-2, 190 pounds 

Timpview High in Provo (Utah) 

Rating/ranking: 0.8573 on the Composite, No. 56 athlete, No. 5 prospect in Utah 

Offers of note: BYU, Utah, Nebraska, Wisconsin 

Other sports: basketball 

2022 

Tanner Bailey, quarterback 

6-1, 195 pounds 

Gordo High in Alabama 

Rating/ranking: N/A 

Offers of note: Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Miami 

Other sports: baseball 

Donovan Green, four star tight end 

6-4, 212 pounds 

Dickinson High in Texas 

Rating/ranking: 0.9200 per 247Sports, No. 1 tight end in the country, No. 19 prospect in Texas 

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

Micah Riley, 3-star tight end 

6-5, 210 pounds 

Bellevue West High in Nebraska 

Rating/ranking: 0.8600 per 247 Sports, No. 21 tight end, No. 3 prospect in Nebraska 

Offers of note: Iowa State, Michigan, Penn State 

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Jaylen Thompson, 3-star running back 

5-9, 180 pounds 

St. Bernard High in Playa Del Rey (Calif.) 

Rating/ranking: 0.8700 per 247Sports, No. 37 running back, No. 38 prospect in California 

Offers of note: Arizona State, Colorado, Penn State 

Kelvin Banks, 4-star offensive tackle 

6-4, 285 pounds 

Summer Creek High in Humble (Texas) 

Committed to Oklahoma State 

Rating/ranking: 0.9200 per 247 Sports, No. 13 tackle, No. 21 prospect in Texas 

2023 

Mac Markway, tight end 

6-4, 250 pounds 

DeSmet High in St. Louis (Mo.) 

Rating/ranking: N/A 

Offers of note: Alabama, Iowa, Miami, Texas A&M, West Virginia 

Kadyn Proctor, offensive tackle 

6-7, 270 pounds 

Southeast Polk High in Des Moines (Iowa) 

Rating/ranking: N/A 

Offers of note: Michigan, Kansas State, Nebraska 

 

 
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