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Torres' Take: Recapping Latest Oregon Recruiting News

June 9, 2020

Welcome to another edition of Torres’ Take. While it hasn’t been the craziest week on the recruiting trail, Oregon continues to surge for many top targets. 

It's looking as if the month of June could end with a bang. The Ducks already hold 247Sports’ No. 10 recruiting class for 2021 -- and they are in a prime position to climb even further. 

As always, I want to remind readers that ScoopDuck has started a YouTube channel that features one-on-one interviews with top recruits and commits -- for free. You can subscribe here. New content is uploaded to the channel weekly.  

Dont’e Thornton 

One of the top targets on Oregon’s offensive big board, the 4-star Baltimore wide receiver last month trimmed his list to six. Making the cut: Oregon, USC, Arizona State, Florida State, Virginia and Notre Dame. 

I broke down the top schools with him earlier this week. 

The one-time Penn State commit told me that on the Ducks’ staff, he’s closest to coach Mario Cristobal and coach Jonathan Krause. He hears from Oregon every day -- and even plays video games with Krause. 

As for what he likes most about Oregon, Thornton admitted it was his dream school since he was a kid. He also noted that the relationships between coaches and athletes really stick out. 

Oregon’s recruiting approach differs from other schools in that Thornton talks to the head coach the most, whereas at other schools he mainly talks to position coaches. He’s also been able to expand on a pre-existing relationship with new wide receiver coach Bryan McClendon, who recruited him while McClendon was at South Carolina. 

It looks like Thornton is still locked in to committing at the adidas all-American game in early January. In my opinion, the Ducks lead.  

Tye Edwards 

The Ducks have been recruiting the Georgia Military College running back for quite some time. As a prep, he signed with FAU as a member of the class of 2019. 

At 6-3 and 235 pounds, Edwards is a much bigger running back than those currently in the stable. But he tells me, “I can still move.”  

Edwards could be the beefy 2021 complement to quicksilver 4-star Seven McGee. I caught up with him in a Zoom just last week. 

You can watch it for free here.  

Kyron Ware-Hudson 

The wide receiver commit made an appearance at the SoCal Top 100 showcase this past weekend, competing against some of the best talent in the Los Angeles area. 

The 4-star (0.9410 on the 247Sports Composite) more than held his own. In fact, Greg Biggins, 247Sports’ national recruiting analyst, tabbed him the “alpha dog” of the event. Hudson has been committed to Oregon since December of last year, and he hasn’t appeared to waver in the least. Factor in that his brother, Keyon, could be in line for increased playing time this year along the Ducks’ defensive line and things could be pretty solid for the UnderArmour All-American. 

After a recent ratings bump, Ware-Hudson lies just outside of the top 10 players in the state of California at No. 11.  

Ka’Marii Landers 

Oregon offered the 2022 Michigan offensive lineman last week. He told ScoopDuck that Oregon is a dream school that he “fell in love with” when he was young. 

Our Jason Fowler talked to him, and Landers says he plans on making his college decision in March or April of his junior year. His high school coach compliments his versatility along the offensive line, saying he bends well and has a good punch. 

Some of the other offers on his sheet are Kentucky, Michigan State, West Virginia and Cincinnati.  

Jeffrey Bassa 

The Ducks have made it a priority to raid multiple states of their top talent. They have made Utah a particular priority in recent years, snagging Outland Trophy winner Penei Sewell in 2018 and his younger brother Noah in 2020. 

Oregon returned to Utah with 2021 offensive line commit Jackson Light. And they may not be done in the Beehive State if they can land sleeper safety Jeffrey Bassa. 

Bassa is ranked by 247Sports as a 3-star athlete, but as a defensive back his measurables leap out at you: 6-3, 204 pounds, 10.93 in the 100 meters. He’s also a talented kick returner and a solid tackler. 

If Bassa were to come to Oregon, the staff sees him playing a Jevon Holland-type of role at boundary safety or nickel. He said he hears from Oregon every week and is also being recruited by Utah, Louisville, Oklahoma State, Arizona State and Washington State. 

You can read my full interview with him here.  

Khyree Jackson 

The Ducks are dipping back into the JUCO ranks with their pursuit of the East Mississippi College cornerback. At 6-3, he possesses the length that coach Rod Chance likes in his defensive backs – plus he excels in pass coverage. 

Jackson recently trimmed his list to six: Oregon, Alabama, Florida, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Kentucky. There are no 247Sports crystal ball predictions at the moment. 

I’d imagine Oregon has to put some more thought into who it would take at DB after landing two prospects at that position in recent weeks. Jackson currently holds 25 offers.  


Recent Oregon offers 


Demon (DJ) Moore, 3-star offensive guard  

6-4, 295 pounds 

R Nelson Snider High in Fort Wayne (Ind.) 

Ranking/rating: 0.8600 per the Composite, No. 10 OG, No. 6 prospect in Indiana 

Notable offers: Ohio State, Penn State, Texas ATM (9 total) 


Damari Alston, running back 

5-11, 205 pounds 

Woodward Academy in Atlanta (Ga.) 

Note: Current Oregon RB Cross Patton attended Woodward Academy, class of 2019  

Rating/ranking: N/A 

Notable offers: Alabama, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, Wisconsin (30 total) 


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