There are a number of top targets on the board for Dan Lanning and Oregon football but who are the top priorities with signing day approaching?
Is there a harder working coach in the country right now than Dan Lanning? During the final month of his tenure as Georgia’s defensive coordinator, he was still staying busy, hiring an entire Oregon football coaching staff and trying to put a recruiting big board together.
This was all while he prepared for Michigan in the Orange Bowl and Alabama in the national title game. And his defense had the perfect game plan, holding the two teams to 29 points combined.
Now, he’s focusing on scheduling some visits with top 2022 targets as he finalizes his first recruiting class (sort of) with the Ducks. He has plenty of openings left, but there are a few targets who stand out as priorities with signing day approaching.
Let’s take a look at three recruits who should be Lanning’s top priorities before 2022 National Signing Day.
One of the perks of hiring Dan Lanning as the next head coach is him bringing with him some already-established recruiting relationships. One of the big names making the trip to Eugene this weekend to kick off the end of the dead period before signing day is four-star Georgia running back commit Jordan James and this was made possible by Lanning’s familiarity with him.
James has been committed to Georgia since March and Lanning and the Bulldogs have been recruiting him for years, so this familiarity could draw him to Oregon.
What makes this visit even more interesting is the fact that James didn’t sign with Georgia in the early period and it could be due to him wanting to follow Lanning to Oregon. This is all speculation, but things are looking good for Oregon here if it’s getting a visit from a committed Georgia player after the top assistant left for the head coaching job there.
James is the No. 16 running back in the class and 188th overall prospect, according to the composite. He would have an opportunity to play early on with Travis Dye and Trey Benson transferring out.