It’s that time of the year when Oregon football recruiting picks up some steam right before the regular season.
The dog days of summer are quiet for most college football teams, but not the Ducks right now as they’ve been red-hot on the recruiting trail over the past week, jumping all the way up to No. 8 in the recruiting rankings ahead of some big names.
Mario Cristobal took advantage of the end of the dead period at the beginning of June and landed some top targets, beating out teams like Notre Dame, Texas, Texas A&M, and LSU.
All things are moving in the right direction with the 2022 recruiting class, and for that, it seems like an appropriate time to kick off a weekly recruiting recap series.
Let’s recap what happened in the week of June 28 through July 4.
Oregon football recruiting recap (June 28-July 4)
- Everyone talks about July 1 really getting things going for Oregon recruiting, but really four-star linebacker TJ Dudley did that on June 28. He chose the Ducks over programs like Texas, Alabama, and Auburn, becoming the Ducks’ highest-ranked commitment (at the time). He’s the No. 199 overall prospect in the nation.
- Michael Wooten committed to Oregon on July 1 after trending toward the Ducks for days. The three-star California-based offensive tackle stands 6-foot-6 and 290 pounds and is ranked No. 116 at his position in the 2022 class.
- Not long after Wooten committed to the Ducks, borderline four-star offensive tackle Cameron Williams from Texas also chose Oregon. It’s clear Cristobal is trying to bulk up that offensive line and he became the highest-ranked offensive tackle in Oregon’s class — for about three days — as the No. 440 recruit in the nation.
- To close out a busy July 1, four-star receiver Nicholas Anderson also committed to Oregon. He looked like a Notre Dame lean and was a bit of a surprise get for the Ducks. He’s ranked the No. 215 overall recruit in the class and 31st receiver. Not too shabby for a program that started its 2022 class off slowly.
- After picking up three July 1 commitments, Oregon jumped all the way to No. 9 in the composite recruiting rankings from No. 20.
- Kelvin Banks, the No. 15 recruit in the country, revealed he would be announcing his college decision on July 4 and the fireworks in Eugene were massive. He became the highest-ranked Oregon offensive tackle commit ever. Oregon has now landed a five-star offensive lineman in two straight recruiting classes. That line is looking elite.
- Despite all the luck the Ducks were experiencing to start the month and the fact that he canceled his final visit to Alabama after visiting Oregon, 2021’s No. 1 recruit JT Tuimoloau chose Ohio State on July 4. It was yet another massive recruiting win for the Buckeyes and the Ducks will see him this season.
- The week concluded with four-star cornerback Jahlil Florence naming a top three of Michigan, Washington, and Oregon. The nation’s No. 32 cornerback is high school teammates in San Diego with another top Oregon target in Jalil Tucker, a four-star athlete who looks to be a Duck lean. Oregon could get more good news here.
That’s all for last week’s big recruiting news and one thing is for sure: Oregon is trending up.