Oregon Ducks land commitment from 2024 4-star safety Kingston Lopa
The Oregon Ducks have landed another commitment in the 2024 recruitment class. Oregon continues to add to a revamped secondary, which has taken on a new form under Dan Lanning. This time they landed 4-star safety/athlete Kingston Lopa out of Grant Union highschool. Lopa announced his commitment to the Oregon football program on Sunday, after having an official visit on June 16th.
Who is Kingston Lopa?
Lopa is one of the tallest safety prospects we have seen in recent memory, standing at 6’5″ and weighing in at 190 pounds. We previously saw him commit to Arizona University back in January, however, he would de-commit in April and take more visits. Some of the top teams to offer Kingston include LSU, Washington, Oregon State, Auburn, USC, Tennessee, Michigan, and Notre Dame. He was definitely a prospect who was looked at by many teams, however, Oregon as of now was able to pull off a hard-commit.
The reason I say as of now for this is that Lopa will be taking an official visit to Washington on the 23rd of June. While this does not necessarily mean anything, considering Washington had previously made an offer anyways, it is worth noting for future reference.
Last season he would take quite a few reps at wide receiver as well as safety. Overall he accrued 47 receptions for 973 yards and 17 touchdowns, which is pretty exceptional. At safety, he had 29 total tackles, 1 interception, as well as a forced fumble and recovery. He will be utilized as a safety seemingly for the time being, however, he does have the versatility to play other positions, which his athlete tag clearly defines.
Why did Lopa choose Oregon?
Kingston Lopa took up an interview with 247Sports shortly after the commitment. In this interview, he went on to talk about why he chose Oregon, and what stood out to him. Here are some of the pertinent quotes that explain his choice:
“I love the family vibe and how close the guys are with each other and it’s just felt like that since I got there, I know these coaches are here for the players.”
“The coaches played a big role because I had to see who I was going to be with for the next four years, I felt a connection with me and the coaches, coach Tosh especially.”
“It feels so good to be done with this recruiting process, now it’s all focus and work from here. SCOOO!”
It seems that the impact Dan Lanning and his coaching staff are making on recruits is extremely positive. Recruits seem to be buying into the culture being built in Oregon, which has increased their ability to bring in top end recruits. Oregon now ranks 8th on 247Sports 2024 recruitment rankings, with 11 4-star recruits on board.