Time to get this started. I debated if i was going to do this again this year because of the bickering in the last thread over the last month which made it a lot less fun, but i'm going to go for it. To begin with, let me just say that following recruiting is all about optimism and hope for the future. I realize that i'm going to come at things with a green and yellow view point, most of you will come with a purple view point, some with a scarlett and red viewpoint, etc, etc, but it would be awesome if we can keep this a positive thread. It would be awesome if we can celebrate our own commits, discuss each others commits and schools without going down the, "Washington Sucks" "No, Oregon sucks!" route. As usual I follow mostly Oregon and Washington recruiting the most, and i'll probably pay more attention to UCLA this year because of Chip Kelly, but it would be awesome and appreciated if fans of other schools would contribute here as well.
Oregon's class this year should end up somewhere between 20-25 kids. They only have 10 graduating seniors but they're nowhere near the 85 total scholarships limit so they will push some available scholarships forward to the next class. With that, plus some natural attrition i'd bet it will be about 25. Right now the Ducks have 1 guy commited towards the 2019 class:
Marques Caldwell, cornerback from Alvin Texas. He's only a mid 3 star, but he was one of the very first DB offers that Oregon made for this class, so the coaches must really like him. That said, the cornerback coach who he commited to is now at Ole Miss so it wouldnt be a total shock if he decommited, although so far he's saying all the right things. Highlights:
Not sure about UW's class size. Can someone help me out there? Seems like Petersen usually keeps it somewhere between 18-22. They have 3 guys commited already:
Dylan Morris, 4 star QB from Graham, Washington. He's pretty darn good. I actually think he would be a 5 star if he was 6'3" instead of 6'1". As is he's the 87th ranked player in the class. Petersen is one of the best in the business at keeping his commits, but i'm sure a lot of coaches will be in his ear about the depth chart in front of him at UW.
Cameron Davis 3 star running back from Upland, California. To be honest, i dont know anything about him.
Nathaniel Kaleipo 3 star o'linemen from Rainier Beach in Seattle. 6'6", 300 lbs. He's Danny Shelton's nephew. I know for 100% fact that he was about to commit to Oregon a few months ago (I know the guy who created his "i'm commiting to Oregon" edit), but UW offered him the day before he was set to commit and then he was commited to UW a week later.
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So those are the commited, now here are the prospects in Oregon and Washington. Not a ton of talent in the NW this year, as of right now I think there are 4 Washington kids, and 2 Oregon kids worthy of offers from the Washingtons, Oregons and USC"s of the world. Then there are some others that could move up there with good senior seasons.
First the Oregon kids:
Michael Johnson 4 star QB from Sheldon High school in Eugene. He's the son of the Ducks wide receivers coach. He's in the Khalil Tate mold. Elite runner, good enough passer, but passing is not his strength. He's the #2 duel threat QB in the class. Oregon is considered the leader but he's got offers from all of the big boys in college football, so it wont be an easy recruitment. Fun highlight tape to watch:
Patrick Herbert 4 star TE also from Sheldon High School. He's Justin's younger brother. From what i've heard its a 3 team race between Oregon, Washington and Cal. I've heard him mention in interviews that he really likes Oregon's new staff, he also really likes Washington, and his family has a life long relationship with Justin Wilcox which will keep Cal in it. To be honest, I think he'd be a really good 2nd tight end in a class, i'm not sure I would want him as the top dog.
The Washington kid:
Dylan Morris I already talked about him above. He's the #3 pro style qb in the country.
Darien Chase 4 star athlete from Union high school in Vancouver. Could play WR or DB. When Taggart was here this was a guy who was going to be a Duck. He visited Eugene 3 or 4 times this season. I havnt heard his name mentioned since Taggart left. UW has not offered yet as far as i can tell.
Justus Legg 4 star WDE from Auburn, Washington. This is a guy that the Duck coaches really like. He's visited Eugene a few times including this past weekend on an unofficial visit. UW has not offered him either.
Nathaniel Kalepo Already talked about him above as well.