Oregon Football

Monday Rundown: Williams the Next Quack?

June 29, 2020

Mario Cristobal and his staff resume duties this week. After a couple of VERY WELL DESERVED weeks off, the staff will reconvene on Monday to go over recruiting, football and get right back into work. 

Oregon is getting to the point of being pretty full as a recruiting class. In fact, if our tally is accurate, the Ducks might already be 1 over without some attrition taking place later this year. Which can include players leaving early (Penei Sewell for example) or other forms of attrition.

So if that’s the case it means every spot moving forward for Oregon has an extreme value on it. And that will be the transition we all have to grasp is fewer names, but higher stakes. 

With that in mind here are a couple of updates from the past week you might have missed.

Keanu Williams is set for July 11

That’s the clear headliner of this article. One of the Ducks’ top defensive line targets has set a date he will be making his commitment. He has not set a time yet. His list of finalists include: Oregon, Stanford, USC and UCLA.

The 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions agree with ScoopDuck the Ducks are the team to beat. At 6-foot-5, 290-pounds, Williams has the frame to project very nicely into a athletic defensive tackle or end in the Pac-12. He’s easily one of the top defensive linemen in the Western footprint. 

Ferguson is a Duck, What Next?

Oregon landed its second tight end commitment of the 2021 class with four-star Terrance Ferguson making the call on Thursday. The Ducks now have one of the top tight end tandems in the 2021 recruiting class which fills a big need. 

That leaves the question that is Brock Bowers. Can Oregon land a third tight end in this class? Do they want to?

You really don’t ever want to be in a spot where you might be turning away a big-time talent like Bowers but that just might be where Oregon’s at. And ‘turn away’ isn’t necessarily the right term. That would mean he’s begging to commit and Oregon is saying no thanks. But at this point I’m not sure how much more they can push for his commitment. There just isn’t room and furthermore you also don’t want to risk losing Matavao and/or Ferguson in the process. 

This becomes the big picture type of decisions Mario Cristobal has to make. And to date his track record has been pretty solid so in Mario we trust. But on that note I don’t expect Oregon to remain in the Bowers’ sweepstakes.

Ducks Offer 8th Grade QB

Well he’s about to be a freshman in high school at North Salem. But Oregon verbally offered TC Manumaleuna this past week. Which wouldn’t normally make headlines however the Ducks sending out an early in-state offer really speaks volumes to his potential. 

Not to mention Oregon did relatively well with the last in-state quarterback. (Justin Herbert)

There’s not really anything to track here other than noting the offer. I would expect Manumaleuna to go through the process for at least a couple of years but also it will be interesting to track his growth and see where his national profile lands entering his junior year. 

Elite 11 Finals Begins Today

Oregon quarterbak commit Ty Thompson is set to compete with the field in Nashville. This year the event is closed to the public and will only allow credentialed media. 

According to the E11 website, there will be a workout period later today at 4:00 (CST) running until approximately 6:30. I would expect to see some news trickle out shortly after. Oregon fans are anxious to see how Thompson fares against a talented group of signal callers. 

There are two workouts scheduled for Tuesday evening starting at 6:00 (CST) and a final period on Wednesday at 9:00 AM.





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