Oregon football is officially on commit watch for the first time since the dead period was lifted at the beginning of June as four-star 2022 linebacker TJ Dudley is announcing his decision on Monday morning at around 10:15 a.m. PT.
The Ducks have received three crystal balls for the talented Alabama prospect over the past few days and this comes after he took official visits to Oregon, UCF, and Texas.
Dudley is fresh off his official visit to Texas but the experts don’t believe the Longhorns did enough to win the recruitment as Mario Cristobal set the bar incredibly high on his first trip to Eugene on June 4. If the experts are correct, Dudley will become Oregon’s 10th commitment in the 2022 class and the highest-ranked pledge yet.
In fact, he’s ranked the No. 199 prospect in the class and he’s the 23rd-best linebacker. He holds some big-time offers from the likes of Texas, Clemson, Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Penn State, Tennessee, and Auburn, among about two dozen others.
Oregon holds 100 percent of the crystal balls and with a decision looming on Monday, Cristobal and the staff have to feel good about being the presumed “lock” here even with Alabama, Clemson, and Texas in the mix.
Oregon football continuing the elite linebacker trend
In case you haven’t heard, Oregon has some big-time linebackers on its roster heading into the 2021 season. Justin Flowe and Noah Sewell are possible All-American candidates and guys like Adrian Jackson and Mase Funa could push for All-Pac-12 consideration.
Oh, and Keith Brown was one of the best linebackers in the 2021 class and he’ll be a freshman for the Ducks this season after enrolling early.
What better way to keep that trend moving in the right direction than by landing a top-200 linebacker in the 2022 class to act as the first domino to fall this summer. This could lead to a plethora of other commitments for the Ducks.
Fear not, Oregon fans, Cristobal and Co. will be picking the pace after a slow start to the 2022 class.