There’s been a great development in the recruitment of four-star cornerback Jahlil Florence when it comes to Oregon football.
When Mario Cristobal left for Miami, it really opened the door for a number of Oregon football commits to look for new homes. The coaching change was really a deciding factor for a number of recruits, including one of the crown jewels of the class, Jahlil Florence.
The four-star cornerback from San Diego looked like he was going to be the Ducks’ next lockdown cornerback coming in with the 2022 class, but he decided to decommit with Cristobal’s departure.
It was a bit of a surprise because his teammate and fellow four-star defensive back Jalil Tucker was still committed and ended up signing with the Ducks in the early period.
So that meant that Dan Lanning had some serious work to do before signing day if they wanted the talented cornerback to still be part of the class. Fortunately for Oregon, Florence never ruled Oregon out despite the interest he got from other programs like Miami and USC.
In fact, the Ducks seem like the current favorite to land him ahead of his Jan. 31 decision.
Oregon actually got some good news on Friday as Florence arrived in Eugene for a visit despite saying earlier this month that he wasn’t planning to go through with any of his planned trips and he was shutting his recruitment down before a decision.
Florence has a final two of USC and Oregon and the fact that he didn’t go through with other visits only to see Eugene one final time before a decision on Monday shows that the Ducks are probably the favorite here. He’s meeting with the new coach one more time before making it official.
This was an unexpected trip to Eugene and it shows that Florence is determined to build a relationship with Lanning.
If I were a betting man, I’d say the Ducks land him on signing day.