Oregon has been quiet in the transfer portal this offseason even after losing a handful of depth pieces. The Ducks may be down a small chunk of players who didn’t see the field much, including some recent retirements, but they could always make up for that in the portal.
A year ago, Mario Cristobal and the Ducks picked up portal commitments from Devon Williams (USC), Anthony Brown (Boston College) and Jordan Happle (Boise State). The year before, Oregon landed Juwan Johnson from Penn State.
It’s safe to say Cristobal has had luck in the portal over the years and if the Ducks are going to compete for another Pac-12 title and potential playoff berth in 2021, that must continue.
Here’s who the Ducks should target in the transfer portal
Oregon is down a couple of defensive tackles in Austin Faoliu and Jordan Scott but there are some big names in the portal who could help make up for those losses.
Matthew Pola-Mao from Kansas State is one of them.
The Chandler, Ariz., native broke out of Pac-12 country and committed to Kansas State in the 2019 class before redshirting and then deciding to transfer out this offseason. He never recorded any stats for the Wildcats, but he has a strong 6-2, 295-pound frame that makes him incredibly difficult to block. He would have plenty of eligibility left and he’d immediately add depth.
Pola-Mao’s name may sound familiar as well because he was recruited by Mario Cristobal and the Ducks a couple of years ago before choosing Kansas State.
This is a realistic addition which would help fill a position of need.