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Torres Take: Latest in Oregon Football Recruiting

June 5, 2020
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Welcome to another edition of Torres’ Take. 

We’ve seen a TON of action on the recruiting trail in the past week. The Ducks added a trio of commitments and are SURGING for a lot of elite prospects. 

Some are saying Oregon could be in the position to land its best class ever. That might shock you given the classes the Ducks have landed in the past two years, but I’m here to help make sense of just how that might be possible. 

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Brandon Buckner 

The Ducks made headlines this week with a trio of commitments, and Buckner was the first to make the call. 

The 3-star (0.8547 on the 247Sports Composite) will play boundary outside linebacker for Oregon and rush off the edge. Buckner was one of the top defenders in Arizona last season and came close to breaking state’s the single-season sack record with more than 20. 

Buckner uses his hands well and plays with solid pad level. I spoke with him to get the scoop on why the Ducks were the call. He becomes the fourth player in the state of Arizona to commit to Oregon for 2021, joining Jonah Miller, Ty Thompson and Bram Walden.  

 

Jadarrius Perkins 

The week’s second commit came in the form of this 6-2, 185-pound JUCO cornerback from Mississippi. Perkins committed to Oregon over Auburn, Maryland, Texas A&M and others. 

The as-yet-unrated defensive back committed less than a month after receiving his Oregon offer, and I’m pretty sure he hasn’t visited. Since his commitment, Alabama, Florida and Arizona have joined the battle, so the Ducks will need to work to hold on to him. 

Perkins is a longer DB at 6-2, but he has great speed (per his Twitter profile: a 4.2 40-yard dash). He’s one of the first defensive backs reeled in by new assistant Rod Chance.  

 

Darren Barkins 

The third commit is this 6-foot, 170-pound cornerback. Barkins picked Oregon over a heady group that included Oklahoma, Louisville, Washington and Utah. 

Barkins attends Mater Dei Catholic High in Chula Vista (Calif.), the same school that produced CJ Verdell. He’s got great speed, excels at tracking the ball and is a solid, reliable tackler. 

Barkins is a player on the rise, although he remains a 3-star (0.8577 per the Composite). He has length and is technically strong. 

A solid pickup for the Ducks who could see a bump in the rankings.  

 

Xavier Worthy 

The 4-star (0.9192) wide receiver from Central East High in Fresno (Calif.) this week dropped his top 6 schools: Oregon, Georgia, Auburn, Alabama, LSU and Michigan. The Ducks, the only West Coast team to make the cut, have been surging for him on the 247Sports Crystal Ball; Oregon holds all three predictions. 

Worthy will announce June 27. I think he’ll be a Duck when it’s all said and done. 

 

Name, image and likeness   

Football Recruit came out with a graph (below) that showed the Instagram followers for some of Oregon’s top players and signees. It illustrated which players may be in the best position to profit off their name, image and likeness once those rules are sorted out. 

The rule change will have both positive and negative impacts on college football, but I think Oregon is in a great position to benefit. The Ducks are clearly a national brand, and most recruits’ eyes light up when they see the O and get offered.  

 

Kingsley Suamataia 

Not a huge update, but as I’m sure you all have seen the 4-star (a 0.9718 rating on the Composite) offensive lineman training and working out with Penei Sewell while Sewell was isolated at home in Utah. Just wanted to keep banging the drum that Oregon leads here. 

Suamataia holds 33 offers. The Ducks have 100% of the 10 predictions on the 247Sports Crystal Ball.  

Jaylin Davies 

Despite not being listed in his initial top 7, the Ducks recently made the final 4 for the 4-star (Composite-rated at 0.9397) corner from Mater Dei in Santa Ana (Calif). 

In one of my recent roundups, I mentioned that it looked like it was going to be an even battle Arizona State and Ohio State. Well, things change. 

Today, the Ducks hold 92.9% of the Crystal Ball picks, with the lowest confidence coming in at 7 out of 10. He will be committing June 19. 

The Ducks are in a GREAT position here. They might even be the team to beat. 

 

Recent Oregon offers 

2022 

Danny McGuire, 3-star offensive tackle 

6-5, 280 pounds 

Marist High in Chicago (Ill.) 

Rating/ranking: 0.8700 per 247Sports; No. 34 OT, No. 5 prospect in Illinois 

Offers of note: Arizona State, Michigan State, Tennessee (9 total) 

 

Ka’Marrii Landers, 3-star offensive tackle  

6-5, 295 pounds 

Fordson High in Dearborn (Mich.)  

Rating/ranking: 0.8500 per 247Sports; No. 14 OT, No. 18 prospect in Michigan 

Offers of note: Cincinnati, Kentucky, Michigan State (6 total) 

 

Janiran Bonner, 4-star wide receiver 

6-1, 193 pounds 

Cedar Grove High in Ellenwood (Ga.) 

Rating/ranking: 0.9000 per 247Sports; No. 33 WR, No. 16 prospect in Georgia 

Offers of note: Florida State, Georgia, Oklahoma (19 total) 

 

Aamil Wagner, 3-star offensive tackle 

6-6, 240 pounds 

Wayne High in Dayton (Ohio) 

Rating/ranking: No. 36 OT, No. 10 prospect in Ohio 

Offers of note: Kentucky, Nebraska, Pittsburgh (7 total offers) 

 

Raleigh Collins III, cornerback 

6-3, 185 pounds 

Neumann Goretti High in Philadelphia (Pa.) 

Rating/ranking: N/A 

Offers: Oregon and Penn State 

 

Kevin Thomas, wide receiver 

6-3, 187 pounds 

The Haverford School in Haverford (Pa.) 

Rating/ranking: N/A 

Offers of note: Michigan State, Nebraska, West Virginia (5 total) 

 

Elijah Pritchett, offensive tackle 

6-6, 260 pounds  

Carver High in Columbus (Ga.) 

Rating/ranking: N/A 

Offers: Tennessee, South Carolina, Mississippi State 

 

Brad Harris, offensive guard 

6-4, 275 pounds 

St. Joseph’s High in Philadelphia (Pa.) 

Rating/ranking: 0.8600 per 247Sports; No. 8 OG, No. 10 player in Pennsylvania 

Offers of note: Arizona State, Michigan State, West Virginia: (6 total) 

 

Jalon Walker, 4-star outside linebacker  

6-1, 210 pounds 

Salisbury High in North Carolina 

Rating/ranking: No. 15 OLB, No. 7 prospect in North Carolina 

Offers of note: Arizona State, Clemson, Ohio State (18 total) 

 

Zac Swanson, 4-star defensive end 

6-4, 240 pounds 

Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix (Ariz.) 

Rating/ranking: No. 18 WDE, No. 3 prospect in Arizona 

Offers of note: Auburn, California, Florida State (7 total) 

 

2023 

Derrick LeBlanc, defensive end 

6-5, 247 pounds 

Osceola High in Kissimmee (Fla.) 

Rating/ranking: N/A 

Offers of note: Alabama, Georgia, Miami, USC (27 total) 

 

Michael Daughtery, athlete  

6-0, 175 pounds 

Grayson High in Loganville (Ga.) 

Rating/ranking: N/A 

Offers of note: LSU, Florida, USC (19 total) 

Distinction: UnderArmour All-American 

 

 
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