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Torres' Take: Recapping Oregon Football Recruiting & Basketball

October 21, 2020

Welcome to another edition of Torres’ Take. 

Fall camp is in full swing here in Eugene, with the season opener against Stanford a little over two weeks away. I previewed both the Cardinal’s offense and defense (free reads) to get you primed for the season. 

We had a lot of pro Ducks in action Sunday, and Mario Cristobal added to an already LOADED 2021 recruiting class Tuesday afternoon. It’s a golden age for Oregon recruiting in multiple sports, and I feel so blessed to have a front row seat for it. 

Also, a reminder to subscribe to our YouTube channel, where you can see me talk to some of Oregon’s top recruits and commits. I just spoke with Jabril McNeil yesterady and I’m hoping to have that video up soon and you won’t want to miss out!

Let’s get into it.  

Pro Ducks in Action 

DeForest Buckner (No. 99, Indianapolis Colts): 5 total tackles, 4 solo, 1 sack, 2 tackles for loss, 4 QB hits in the Colts’ 31-27 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. 

Arik Armstead (No. 91, San Francisco 49ers): 2 total tackles, 1 solo, 1 pass defended in the 49ers’ 24-16 win over the Los Angeles Rams. 

Dion Jordan (No. 96, San Francisco 49ers): 2 total tackles, 2 solo, 1 QB hit in the 49ers’ 24-16 win over the Los Angeles Rams. 

Troy Hill (No. 22, Los Angeles Rams): 6 total tackles, 4 solo, 1 pass defended in the Rams’ 24-16 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. 

Terrance Mitchell (No. 39, Cleveland Browns): 6 total tackles, 4 solo, 1 pass defended in the Browns’ 38-7 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. 

Royce Freeman (No. 28, Denver Broncos): 8 carries, 26 rushing yards, 1 reception, 4 receiving yards in the Broncos’ 18-12 win over the New England Patriots. 

Justin Herbert (No. 10, Los Angeles Chargers): Herbie did not play as the Chargers had a bye. 

Ugo Amadi (No. 28, Seattle Seahawks): Did not play as the Seahawks had a bye. 

Takeaways from Oregon scrimmage No. 1 

In Saturday’s presser, Cristobal said the scrimmage revealed a lot of what you would expect. 

Several players were cited for their outstanding play, among them Jamal Hill, CJ Verdell, Travis Dye, Trey Benson, Kayvon Thibodeaux and Jordon Scott. He also highlighted the linebackers, noting their speed and strong communication.  

The offensive line has been a major talking point, as Cristobal and coach Alex Mirabal are scheming to replace the entire starting group from 2019’s Pac-12 champions. Drawing specific praise were Steven Jones, TJ Bass, Malaesala Aumavae-Laulu, Alex Forsyth and George Moore, with Bass even being compared to the recently departed Shane Lemieux. 

Cristobal, who has a lot of young talent to choose from, said the position group is starting to gel. 

The team scrimmaged in Autzen, and Cristobal noted the importance of practicing in a quiet and empty stadium. The team has yet to receive any guidance from the conference on the possible use of artificial noise. 

Despite an unprecedented off-season that severed the coaches from almost all physical contact with players, Cristobal says he is confident in the team’s progress. He added that he didn’t see much of a difference between this season and last season at this point.  

Quarterback Tyler Shough took reps with the ones as expected and Anthony Brown took reps with the twos. The defense “won” the scrimmage, but the offense “is coming along,” Cristobal said. 

Dont’e Thornton 

The biggest recruiting headline of the week came when the Ducks added the 4-star wideout from Baltimore (Md.). Thornton has been linked to the Ducks ever since the 2019 Saturday Night Live camp. 

Thornton came away impressed with that visit, so much so that he decommitted from Penn State. It appears that he never looked back, as Oregon led from then. 

Thornton had released a list of his top schools. They included Oregon, Arizona State, Florida State, Notre Dame, USC and Virginia.  

The nation’s No. 6 wide receiver made his announcement official Tuesday after the cancellation of the Adidas All-American Bowl. The prep all-star event had been scheduled for January, when Thornton had planned to announce.  

Thornton’s commitment didn’t boost the Ducks’ class rank, as Alabama and Ohio State maintain a firm grip on the top two spots. It did however further solidify Oregon at the top of the Pac-12 recruiting rankings, adding distance between the defending conference champions (285.10 points) and USC (266.40).  

Thornton’s commitment brings the class size to 23, likely leaving only one more spot -- MAYBE two. All eyes are now on 2021’s No. 2 overall prospect, 5-star defensive end J.T. Tuimoloau. Most prognosticators feel the Seattle prep will pick Ohio State, albeit with relatively low confidence. 

With Oregon’s talent harvest almost completed, expect 2022 recruits to receive heavy attention in the near future.  

Keanu Koht 

A current LSU commit, Koht’s name recently popped back up on Oregon's radar. 

The 4-star (0.9093 on the 247Sports Composite) defensive end is still being pursued by a number of high-profile programs, including Alabama, Florida, Mississippi State, Tennessee and Texas. He told our Jonathan Charles that he’s wanted to be a Tiger “for the longest time,” but COVID restrictions and distance have made some trips, especially to Oregon, difficult.  

Keanu Williams 

Our Kirby Hammer recently caught up with the 4-star Oregon defensive end commit. He pledged in July and in the time since has become much closer with the Oregon staff and commits. 

Williams said his recruitment is completely shut down, telling Hammer, “I’m 100% locked in.” Williams is one of five players to commit to Oregon out of California, a state that has become instrumental in the Ducks’ return to the top of the Pac-12. 

Williams plans to visit Eugene just before he enrolls in January, to get accustomed to the area.  

Andre Dollar 

One of just two commitments in Oregon’s 2022 class, the nation’s No. 12 tight end said his recruitment is shut down. Fortunately for Dollar, he was able to squeeze in a visit to Eugene prior to the pandemic restrictions.  

Nebraska was the No. 2 school in his recruitment, but Dollar told our Jonathan Charles that Mario Cristobal “gave me all the answers I was looking for.” Dollar doesn’t plan on taking any visits outside of Oregon.  

Recent Oregon basketball offers 

I haven’t seen many offers being sent out by the Oregon football staff in the past week, but Dana Altman has been active.  


Ramel Lloyd Jr., point guard 

6-7, 190 pounds 

Rancho Christian High in Temecula (Calif.) 

Rating/ranking: 4-star (0.9674 on the Composite), No. 59 nationally, No. 15 small forward, No. 7 prospect in California 

Offers of note: Arizona, Baylor, Georgetown, Kansas, USC (23 total) 

Crystal ball leader: Arkansas holds the lone pick 

Twitter: @ramellloyd22

Shaedon Sharpe, small forward 

6-4, 175 pounds 

Dream City Christian High in Glendale (Ariz.) 

Rating/ranking: 4-star (0.9372 on the Composite), No. 124 nationally, No. 31 small forward, No. 3 prospect in Arizona 

Offers of note: Alabama, Creighton, Xavier (4 total) 

Twitter: @ShadedonSharpe


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