Going down Oregon football’s numerical roster, there are a few names that stand out as players who have flown under the radar but who could finally break out in 2021.
Isaah Crocker is one of those names.
The former four-star receiver from the 2018 class has played in just one game in three years and everyone has seemed to forget about him, especially due to the wealth of talent at the position. It’s tough to find snaps at a receiver position with Jaylon Redd, Devon Williams, Johnny Johnson III, Mycah Pittman, Josh Delgado, Kris Hutson, Troy Franklin, and Dont’e Thornton all present.
To put it bluntly, Oregon is stacked at wide receiver.
But after a huge spring, Mario Cristobal said that there’s a lot to look forward to when it comes to Crocker. He was one of the players he singled out in spring practice.
That’s a good sign for all you Crocker believers — they have dwindled over the past year.
The 6-1, 175-pounder was ranked the No. 179 overall recruit in the 2018 class and was one of Oregon’s prized commits. It’s a shock that he hasn’t had a major impact yet.
My money is on that changing this season.
What Oregon football’s receiver two-deep could look like
With plenty of talent at receiver for the 2021 season, I can see the usual suspects like Williams, Johnson III, Redd, and Pittman rotating as starters, but I would not be shocked to see Crocker crack that two-deep by the time the year starts.
My favorites to start right now are Johnson III, Delgado/Redd, and Pittman. Williams will be up there are one of the top receivers but Crocker could ease his way into the two-deep behind Pittman.
It’s going to be tough to keep him off the field, but he’ll need a strong fall camp, especially with Franklin and Thornton rising in the ranks.
Crocker will surprise some people in 2021 because, well, he has essentially been forgotten and Cristobal has high hopes for him. We saw a glimpse of that this spring.