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Recruiting Comparison: Oregon vs. Oregon State

November 25, 2020

The Ducks and the Beavers may be bitter rivals on the field, but there isn’t much direct competition between them on the recruiting trail. Oregon has routinely recruited at a much higher level than Oregon State; most of Jonathan Smith’s classes are composed of 3-star talent, while the Ducks are drawing mostly 4- and 5-stars.  

However, the Beavers have become a dangerous opponent in recent years, due in large part to the big names they have plucked from the transfer portal. In fact, that’s the strongest link between the two programs, as several current Beavs were in line at one point to join the Ducks.  

Oregon 2018 class: Ranked No. 13 nationally, No. 2 in the Pac-12 (behind USC); average commit rating 0.8918; top commit 4-star OT Penei Sewell; enrolled 24. 

Oregon State 2018 class: Ranked No. 69 nationally, No. 12 in the Pac-12; average commit rating 0.8313; top commit 3-star RB Jermar Jefferson; enrolled 24. 

Tight end Isaiah Smalls was one of the better tight ends on the West Coast. Rated a 3-star (0.8527 on the 247Sports Composite), Smalls held 14 offers from such schools as California, Oregon and Purdue.  

The Ducks were the first Power 5 school to take a chance on Smalls. Given Oregon’s history of landing talented high school players from Southern California, the Ducks seemingly were in strong contention. 

Prior to his senior season, Smalls trimmed his list to seven. And shortly thereafter, he committed to Jonathan Smith and the Beavers.   

Teagan Quitoriano also was linked to the Ducks. A product of Sprague High in Salem, the Composite rated him a 3-star (0.8546). 

Quitoriano he didn’t have the extensive offer sheet we’ve grown accustomed to with Oregon recruits. But at one point, the Ducks were one of his three offers, along with Oregon State and Nevada. 

247Sports listed Quitoriano as an athlete at 6-7 and 250 pounds, likely due to his knack for basketball. He received a crystal ball prediction to Oregon before he would ultimately call Corvallis his next home. 

Quitoriano said he grew up a Beaver fan, so maybe it was just a matter of time before he became one.  

Oregon 2019 class: Ranked No. 7 nationally, No. 1 in the Pac-12; average commit rating 0.9060; top commit 5-star DE Kayvon Thibodeaux; enrolled 26. 

Oregon State 2019 class: Ranked No. 52 nationally, No. 10 in the Pac-12; average commit rating 0.8455; top commit 3-star ILB Omar Speights; enrolled 20. 

The Beavs’ 2019 class is far from impressive. The class ranked in the 50s nationally and lagged far behind most of the conference. 

The real storyline with this class was the massive influx of talent from other Division 1 programs, particularly Nebraska. Three of the four players they landed from Lincoln were rated higher than the program’s top high school recruit -- Speights. 

Wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey should be a familiar name for Duck fans. Fans flooded his social media telling him he should go to Oregon and become the next Black Mamba, as his electric playing style drew many comparisons to former Duck De’Anthony Thomas. 

Lindsey earned all-American status during his days at Las Vegas’ Bishop Gorman High, and the 5-9 speedster was a highlight waiting to happen. Yet his recruitment was a sporadic one. 

At one point, he committed to Ohio State alongside current Florida wideout Trevon Grimes. Then he backed off that commitment in favor of playing for Scott Frost at Nebraska.  

For whatever reason, things didn’t work out in Lincoln, so Lindsey became the headliner of the Beavers’ 2019 class that was stocked with elite transfers. 

Another 4-star of note is linebacker Avery Roberts. Roberts saw immediate playing time in Corvallis and has served as one of the building blocks in Smith’s improving defense. 

As a recruit, Roberts' offer sheet matched Lindsey’s. He boasted 29, including Miami, Oregon, Penn State and Stanford.  

Another notable transfer is 4-star linebacker Addison Gumbs, who ended up at Oregon State after playing under Lincoln Riley for one season at Oklahoma. Gumbs was a U.S. Army prep all-American, drawing 27 total offers -- including Oregon.  

Oregon 2020 class: Ranked No. 11 nationally, No. 1 in the Pac-12; average commit rating 0.9019; top commit: 5-star LB Justin Flowe (reportedly out for season); enrolled 21. 

Oregon State 2020 class: Ranked No. 54 nationally, No. 9 in the Pac-12; average commit rating 0.8495; top commit 3-star athlete Isaiah Newell; enrolled 20. 

Newell made the Ducks’ big board at running back. The Bay Area native came to Eugene for the 2019 spring game and told me he’d “never fallen in love so fast.” 

I’m sure Newell wanted to go to Oregon, but Jim Mastro identified Trey Benson as his guy, and in the end that was that. Newell drew interest from other Pac-12 programs; even the Trojans of USC came calling. He totaled 16 offers from as far afield as Kansas State.  

Newell is a bruising back who is likely next in line behind Jefferson.  

Oregon wasn’t actively recruiting many other players in this Beavers class, either as JUCO transfers or preps. Where things get interesting – do you detect a pattern here? -- is in the transfer market.  

Wide receiver Tre’Shaun Harrison was at one point committed to Oregon and Willie Taggart. His pledge lasted only six months, and as early signing day approached he reopened his recruitment.  



Harrison soon received an offer from Florida State, following Taggart to his “dream job” in Tallahassee. Harrison was a phenomenal prospect out of the Seattle area, and he could develop into a steady contributor down the road. 

Wide receiver Trey Lowe, brother of former Duck Keanon Lowe, transferred in after originally committing to Washington. The former U.S. Army prep all-American was heavily recruited by Oregon; in fact, the Ducks were one of only four schools in the picture.  

Lowe and Harrison won’t be suiting up for the Beavs when they face the Ducks on Friday. But Nick Dashel of the Oregonian has reported that per NCAA transfer rules, they will be eligible for the final two games of the season.

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