Dan Lanning just locked up his first recruiting class as Oregon football coach. What grade does the new coach’s first class get?
Dan Lanning’s first recruiting class as Oregon football’s coach is officially in the books and if you’re a fan of the program, you have to be pleasantly surprised with how it finished.
The Ducks’ class was in shambles after Mario Cristobal bolted for Miami with a handful of players decommitting, but Lanning worked his magic to make sure Oregon finished in the top 25.
Signing day was a success for the Ducks as well as they landed Dave Iuli and Jordan James and signed recent commit Jahlil Florence. The class finishes 15 strong and there’s still a chance it could add another elite prospect.
Oregon’s 2022 class finishes the cycle ranked No. 25 in the country as it rose about 40 spots in the past few weeks. It could still improve if it can land Josh Conerly next month.
What grade does Oregon football’s 2022 class get?
I’m very pleased with what Lanning was able to do with the Ducks’ 2022 class, especially after Cristobal left it in shambles. I didn’t think there was any way the Ducks were going to finish in the top 25, but he was able to work his magic.
I’ll go by position group and grade the Ducks’ class and give it an overall grade.
Running back: A
Receiver/tight end: C-
Offensive line: B+
Defensive line: C+
Defensive back: A
Losing Tanner Bailey obviously left the Ducks without a quarterback in the 2022 class. This makes the Ducks incomplete at the position.
Jordan James instantly makes the running back position an A and the defensive backs are loaded with the likes of Jahlul Florence, Jalil Tucker, and Trejon Williams. The offensive line (thanks to Dave Iuli) and linebacker position groups are also worthy of higher grades while the receivers and defensive line could afford improvement.
Overall, this class gets an A- because Lanning had to put in serious work to get it from No. 63 in the nation a few weeks ago to No. 25 on signing day.
Heck of a finish for Lanning.