Finishing the 2021 Class
That’s the focus right now. There’s going to be a lot of questions answered in the next two weeks. How many Oregon will sign and what spots remain. And the key here is, I’m going to wager spots will remain.
Right now Oregon only has 22 verbal commits. They can sign 25. Which of course means they’ll have three spots left. The following names are the most realistic to sign with the Ducks as part of the 2021 recruiting class (Not just in the early period).
Korey Foreman, JT Tuimoloau, Ceyair Wright, Byron Caldwell, Jordan Moko.
Right now it appears every one of them will not be signing in December.
Foreman, Tuimoloau, Wright and Caldwell all seem to be targeting the February signing day, which honestly is a good thing for Oregon. Moko, and to this point, JaDarrius Perkins are both JUCO’s and the signing period for them lasts until mid-January. So they don’t need to sign on Dec. 16 like prep recruits.
As for Perkins since we’re here, yes there is some concern and chatter regarding FSU. They have been in his ear for months and honestly, might have as much, if not more need for experienced corners next season. Oregon hasn’t given up and it’s not a guarantee he’s gone. It’s simply something to keep an eye on. Few would be surprised if he opted to stay a lot closer to Mississippi given what this year has put us all through. As I am able to gather more intel on Perkins, I will keep you informed.
Speaking of FSU, yes Jaiden Woodbey hit the transfer portal this week. A move that was pretty well expected since the Spring. On the FSU boards there is chatter of his regression this season. Perhaps that’s the case, perhaps him not wanting to be there is a big part of it. Oregon is in communication here as is Washington and USC. Although safety is a position the Ducks would hit the transfer portal for, this one will be a matter of timing and research.
If Woodbey decides to make an immediate decision, let’s say in December, I don’t think he’ll be a Duck. Oregon probably won’t use a spot on him until after the early signing period. Keep in mind you already have two transfers in Siake Ika and Samari Toure the Ducks have contacted. And neither has made a decision yet.
Right now of the three transfers Oregon is looking into, I’d say Ika is the only ‘surefire’ take at the moment. Now that will be further cleared up as we get through the early signing period and figure out what will happen with Perkins as well.
As for other commits to be ‘concerned’ with, let me say this. Right now there seems to be no imminent decommitments incoming. But it’s a wild year and I’m just putting this on your radar for the moment.
Jaylin Davies is telling the staff all of the right things. He’s been great even after the decommitment from Kyron Ware-Hudson. But the two were very tight and Ware-Hudson was a big part of his reason to commit as well. Again, nothing imminent, but it would be foolish to at least not be a bit concerned. I was told to watch out for USC and ASU here.
Although there’s not a ton of chatter, Terrell Tilmon has been a bit on the quiet side lately. Both on social media and a bit through communication. But to back that up, that’s kind of just who he is. I don’t think there is any immediate concerns here but again, put it on your radar I suppose.
Lastly might be Jabril McNeill. Although he seems pretty locked in as well. But one starts to wonder if the distance becomes a deal in the twilight of his signing period. We’ve seen this happen before so I’m probably just being a tad bit paranoid. But again, let’s just keep an eye out for chatter.
However the good news is this, that’s really about it. All of the stars of this class, Ty Thompson, Troy Franklin, Thornton, Walden, the tight ends, Kingsley, etc, etc, all seem to be very strong. So as I type this the staff feels really good about holding onto the big pieces of this class and moving forward with any open spots.
With regards to open spot, that’s why Dec. 16 now becomes the focal point. Who signs, who doesn’t and how do the Ducks need to move forward following those numbers? It would appear most of the transfers will make decisions after that as will the JUCO’s and remaining top preps. I know many of you want the ‘who will Oregon sign’ prediction, but quite frankly, I think even Mario Cristobal would have a tough time offering that.
The good news, again, is most of the names I have listed, are good football players. It’s not like Oregon will fill out with a bunch of ‘fallbacks’ in late December, January and Febrauary. We’re talking about bone-a-fide dudes across the board.
But I can tell you there is a strong push to hold some spots for the transfer portal early next year and this Spring. Meaning if Oregon doesn’t fill all 25 spots by February, there will be zero panic. Expect the portal to be active this year and Oregon will have its pick of the litter for the most part.
Just be patient.
Ceyair Wright Visit
So this visit was stealth. Really stealth. I’m told not even everyone on staff knew about it. And the feeling for Oregon is they felt their best chance at turning Wright, who most viewed favors USC, was to lay in the weeds and try to make a late strike. And that’s what they did here.
Was it enough? Really, really tough to say. I would say overall, the general feeling is this one is going to be a very tough pull from USC. Nobody is waving the white flag, it’s certainly a lot closer this week than it was. But still, it’s going to be tough.
Now keep in mind, the staff wasn’t able to meet with him in person or show him around first hand. So even though this was a visit, it wasn’t like a normal Oregon visit.
A Realistic Finish?
I mean this is purely a wild guess at this point how things play out. But here’s a scenario I could see take place.
Oregon loses a commitment between now and Dec. 16. Don’t ask me who, I’m just playing the odds. So there’s 21 signed on Dec. 16.
Oregon moves forward and takes Jordan Moko in the mid-December to mid-January time. That makes 22.
Oregon lands Siake Ika sometime in January. (Who BTW has shown ZERO signs of being in a hurry.) Ika would be 23.
Oregon takes a commitment from Byron Caldwell in early February. Commitment number 24. (Seven McGee will play the slot.)
Ducks hold that last spot for the portal.
Again, just a wild guess but that’s my best prediction of how this all unfolds in the next 4-6 weeks.
Lastly, Team News
As most of you know team news has been kept under wraps this season. It’s a different year. And if I go digging too far into this news here I get in trouble.
I was told it was a great week of practice. Sure we’ve heard that before, but there was definitely a flicker of light that flipped this week. The staff really used that loss to challenge this young team to up the ante. They seemed to respond but I will evaluate how much of this was coach speak on Saturday.
Of course there was an emphasis on tackling which hopefully helps this week.
Speaking of this week, road games, despite there being no fan presence, have been unkind to Oregon. The Ducks struggled to get going early at Washington State and lost in Corvallis. So there’s a lot of emphasis on trying to get this group ready for Berkeley, which has always been a tough place for Oregon to play.
It will be interesting to see how the Ducks come out in this one.
I did make an inquiry on the team’s health and was told ‘we’re looking pretty good.’ I’d love to offer more detail but I can not.
I can offer you this however, you won’t see Justin Flowe back out there any time soon.
Happy Friday all. Go Ducks.