3 freshmen who need to be elite for Oregon Ducks football in 2024

Oct 13, 2023; peoria, AZ, USA; Salpointe Catholic defensive end and Oregon Duck commit Elijah Rushing (9).
Oct 13, 2023; peoria, AZ, USA; Salpointe Catholic defensive end and Oregon Duck commit Elijah Rushing (9). / Diannie Chavez / USA TODAY NETWORK
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Dan Lanning has recruited the greatest freshman class in Oregon football history. With elite talent at nearly every position, the Ducks’ roster is about to be filled to the brim with five-star and four-star athletes.

According to 247Sports, Oregon has the third-highest grade in the 2024 class rankings with an astonishing 293.22 points, behind only Georgia and Alabama.

As Lanning and the Ducks head to their new home in the Big Ten, Oregon has lofty expectations looming overhead.

The team has incredible depth across the board but a few positions could benefit from freshmen stepping up to the plate and carrying some weight for the Ducks.

So, with the No. 3 incoming class in the nation preparing to take the field in green and yellow, which three Ducklings have a chance to, and should, be dominant in their first year of college football?

Safety. 4-star. player. . Aaron Flowers. Aaron Flowers. S. . Aaron Flowers. 515

Aaron Flowers is bringing the Friday Night Lights energy to Saturdays in Autzen Stadium.

The four-star player out of Texas is the No. 7 safety and No. 102 athlete in the 2024 class, bringing incredible speed and length to the Oregon secondary.

At 6-foot-0 and 202 pounds, Flowers is relatively large for the safety position, something the Ducks lacked over the past few seasons.

Flowers is known for his innate awareness on the field and his highly competitive nature in game-time situations.

In high school, Flowers lined up at both the safety and cornerback positions, showering his versatility on the field. 

His long frame helps to minimize catch windows and frequently leads to frustrated receivers on the opponents’ lineup.

Flowers is primed and prepped to be a starter for the Oregon Ducks, even as a freshman, and will most likely have a great career at both the collegiate and professional levels.