Mario Cristobal was one of the best recruiters in the nation when he arrived in Eugene. Now, as Head Coach for Oregon Football, he has made quite an imprint with his first ‘official’ Recruiting Class as Head Coach.
Behind the scenes work over the last year, as well as the in-home visits by coaches over the last month put Oregon Football in the Top 5(so far) for the Class of 2019 signing 22 players to National Letters of Intent for the early signing period. The class was led by the number one overall prospect in Kayvon Thibodeaux.
Oregon Football made the decision to make the West Coast their base and picked apart the State of California with the majority of the 22 recruits coming from just down I-5. Oregon also picked up recruits from the State of Florida, along with Tennessee, Texas, and Nevada. Two players, Defensive End Brandon Dorlus, and JUCO Linebacker Dru Mathis visited this past weekend and committed following their visit to Eugene.
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The largest damage for Oregon was done in the backyards of both USC and UCLA. The Ducks picked eleven commitments from California including several Thibodeaux, Linebacker Mase Funa, Wide Receiver Michah Pittman and Running Back Sean Dollars. With the addition of Dollars, the Running Back position has a key player for at least the next three seasons and what could be a Freshman Starter since Royce Freeman to have a big impact.
While many of these players will have impacts on the field, one, in particular, could have a bigger impact. Four Star Tight End Patrick Herbert signed with Oregon and could have some sibling moments with his older brother Justin Herbert. While Oregon still has one game to play this season, it is not known if the older Herbert will remain with the Ducks for his Senior season or make the jump to the National Football League. He is projected as a high first round pick.
This recruiting class when all is said and done could be the most impressive in Oregon Football history and on paper it already is. Cristobal brought with him his integrity and walked into living rooms pitching Oregon Football. He was looking for something specific in each and walked out with a top recruiting class.
Oregon Football will face Michigan State on New Years Eve in the Red Box Bowl.