If there’s one program that’s quickly rising in the eyes of top defensive back recruits, it would have to be Oregon football.
The Ducks just had four defensive backs selected in the 2021 NFL Draft and they have one of the best secondaries in the country heading into the 2021 season. Guys like Mykael Wright, DJ James, Verone McKinley, Jamal Hill, and Dontae Manning are turning heads and could very well make up the most talented secondary in the Pac-12.
That’s why top recruits such as Daylen Everette from IMG Academy are seriously considering the Ducks when making a college decision.
Just last week, the five-star cornerback from one of the top high school programs in the country listed Oregon in his top five.
North Carolina, Clemson, Georgia, and Florida State also made the cut with the five-star from IMG Academy who is originally from Virginia.
But what are Oregon’s realistic chances here?
Oregon football’s realistic chances with Everette
It’s tough to say what Oregon’s chances are here because 247Sports doesn’t even have a single crystal ball for him yet. But even if they did, I wouldn’t think that Oregon would have one.
Everette is an East Coast prospect who probably knows more about Clemson, North Carolina, and Florida State more than anyone else on his list but Oregon must have caught his eye for a reason. If he’s not dead-set on staying close to home, he could very well end up in Oregon but it might depend on early departures after the 2021 season such as Wright or another corner.
The five-star cornerback might not have the easiest path to a starting job at Oregon with all the young talent at the position, but as we’ve seen over the past few years, Mario Cristobal knows how to get defensive backs to the NFL and that won’t change any time soon.
If I had to rank Everette’s finalists in terms of most likely to least likely, I would say Oregon is behind Clemson and North Carolina and on a similar level to Georgia and Florida State.
Once Oregon gets a visit, that could change. I give Oregon a 10-15 percent chance right now.