Dan Lanning and the Oregon Ducks at the center of On3’s Elite Series

Dan Lanning's recruiting prowess continues to shine brightly as On3 hosts some of the top high school athletes in the nation and Oregon is at the center of it.
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This week, On3 hosted a recruiting summit for top athletes in the high school class of 2025, called the Elite Series.

In an effort to bring even more attention to high school athletics and football recruiting in the country, some of the top players from the around the United States flocked to the invitation-only event to learn more about brand awareness and how to navigate the world of NIL.

As players “walked the blue carpet,” they brought along a handful of hats to highlight which schools were at the top of their lists for potential landing spots.

Predominantly featured in many of the athletes’ hands was none other than the Oregon ‘O’.

While some of the top recruits had committed to Dan Lanning and the Ducks prior to the summit, such as four-star quarterback Akili Smith Jr., many had yet to make their final decision.

Amongst the highly-rated athletes still considering Oregon for their future home were five-star safety Jonah Williams, five-star wideout Dakorien Moore, and more.

Five-star athlete Michael Terry III had Oregon amongst his final four schools, alongside Nebraska, Texas, and Texas A&M. Terry is being recruited as a wide receiver, running back, and defensive back.

“A lot of people don’t really talk about Oregon like that, but they’re up there,” five-star cornerback DJ Pickett told On3’s Steve Wiltfong.

With such a dominant presence at the invite-only event for top recruits in the country, Oregon and head coach Lanning are continuing to bolster their stock as a national powerhouse.

Lanning’s 2024 recruiting class has been rated as highly as No. 2 in the nation and continuously finds itself with a top-three ranking.

Coupled with Oregon’s elite group from the 2024 transfer portal, the Ducks seem to be in good hands for many years to come.

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