Entering the weekend, the Oregon Ducks football program sat perilously close to going over the NCAA limit of 85 scholarships for next season.But after securing three more verbal commitments in the past 48 hours — center Logan Sagapolu, cornerback D.J. James and safety Jamal Hill — it’s clear something has to give.As with seemingly all things in the college football universe, there’s (complicated) wiggle room, but Mario Cristobal and his coaching staff are going to have to use all of the tools at their disposal to make it work. Their situation is similar to many college football coaching staffs around the country this time of year.Technically, Oregon currently sits at 89 projected scholarship athletes for next season, but there’s significant flexibility in that number.Quarterback Braxton Burmeister has submitted his name to the transfer portal, tight end Ryan Bay is possibly on a one-year scholarship (status: unknown) and Sagapolu, the recent offensive line … [Read more...] about Analysis: With Oregon Ducks over the football scholarship limit, expect movement
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This isn't your dad's Oregon Ducks football program. Since the promotion of Mario Cristobal to head coach, Oregon has clearly made an effort to get bigger and stronger up front, particularly along the offensive and defensive lines. Recruits like 345-pound defensive tackle Jordon Scott and 349-pound U.S. Army All-American offensive tackle Penei Sewell may never be the norm in Eugene, but the coaching staff is working to make them a more consistent presence on the roster. On Tuesday, the Ducks took another step forward in that effort, as 247Sports four-star defensive tackle Siaki Ika announced his visit to Eugene: The 6-foot-3, 361-pound interior lineman, out of East High School (Salt Lake City, Utah), is rated by 247Sports as the nation's No. 11 defensive tackle and the No. 5 defensive tackle by Rivals. Ika holds offers from Alabama, BYU, LSU, Michigan State, Mississippi, Nebraska, Tennessee, UCLA, USC, Washington, Wisconsin and others. And for good reason. As a … [Read more...] about Siaki Ika, 361-pound 4-star DT, visiting Oregon Ducks
Few high schools in the country have as much talent on the roster as Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California. Even with the reclassification of J.T. Daniels, the nation's No. 1 quarterback in 2019, into the class of 2018 (USC Trojans), the program has several potential all-American candidates set to compete this fall. Hoping to seize an opportunity by developing a pipeline to one of the nation's elite prep programs, the Oregon Ducks football coaching staff has gone all-in with its recruiting effort to the national power program. And, so far, it's paying off. Oregon has secured commitments from four-star defensive tackle Keyon Ware-Hudson and four-star linebacker Mase Funa, but is also awaiting the college announcements of Sean Dollars, the nation's No. 1 all-purpose back, and Jeremiah Criddell, the nation's No. 6 cornerback. But they'll have to wait another week. After initially setting up a Sunday evening commitment ceremony, Dollars and Criddell announced … [Read more...] about Sean Dollars, Jeremiah Criddell, key Oregon Ducks targets, move back commitment date
The Oregon Ducks football program is poised for a bounce-back season this fall, but still has a few areas of need. Arguably the biggest area of concern is the wide receiver position, where Oregon has few proven options outside of junior Dillon Mitchell, who had 517 yards and four touchdowns. Hoping to add depth to the roster, Oregon hosted Wake Forest graduate transfer Tabari Hines over the weekend. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound pass-catcher, who collected 683 yards and seven touchdowns last season, is considering Oregon, Texas and USC, but the Ducks coaching staff left a strong impression. "They are just what you see on the internet - ultimate players' coaches, and setting their guys up for success on and off the field," Hines said. The recruiting pitch extends beyond the coaching staff, however. Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert is an NFL prospect at quarterback, but has limited proven options on the depth chart. Playing time is up for grabs, and Hines' resume indicates he could work … [Read more...] about Tabari Hines, Wake Forest graduate transfer WR, impressed during Oregon Ducks visit
EUGENE -- When the 2017 Oregon Ducks football season ended, sophomore receiver Johnny Johnson felt like he needed to make a change. He knew the following spring was a can't-miss opportunity for a young receiver. Charles Nelson, the stalwart of Oregon's 2017 receiving corp, would be gone to graduation and somebody needed to step up and catch the balls thrown by the talented Justin Herbert. So Johnson went to work, like many of Oregon's younger receivers who view the 2018 season as a giant opportunity. He showed up this spring down 16 pounds and with a mane of bright green hair that took four hours for his girlfriend to dye. Walking around the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex, it's impossible to miss the 6-foot receiver. And with plenty of reps up for grabs this spring, Johnson, like the rest of Oregon's receivers, is hoping to use this spring as a launch pad for a can't-miss fall. "I think it's a great time for me to show my talent and I'm going to take advantage of … [Read more...] about The Oregon Ducks have Justin Herbert. Now who wants to catch his passes?