With Oregon's class of 2012 pretty much accounted for, it's time to look ahead to 2013. Rumors, offers, commits and de-commits will be in flux over the next year, but this is a very early look at a few prospects that are high on Oregon's list. As a reminder, DO NOT contact recruits through social media such as twitter or facebook if you fit the definition of a booster. This includes 2012 recruits who have already signed their LOIs.
Thomas Tyner: 247sports and Rivals both put out their top 100 prospects lists this week. The most notable name on these lists is Thomas Tyner, the running back sensation from
Beaverton Aloha who has committed to play for the Ducks. Rated by both publications as a top 10 overall player and number 1 rated running back in the country, Tyner is one of the most talented players to ever come out of the state of Oregon. At 6-0 and 200 lbs, Tyner runs a 4.38 40 (you read that right), giving him an incredible blend of size and speed. Tyner will be a Senior at Aloha high school this year. If you are interested, ESPN did a series of stories on Tyner last year.
Eddie Vanderdoes is a Defensive Lineman from Placer, California. At 6-4 285 lbs he has great size. He is ranked as the 21st and 40th overall player by Rivals and 247sports respectively. Vanderdoes is one of the elite defensive lineman in the country this year. He can play tackle or end, and has already expressed interest in Oregon and in playing with his friend, Arik Armstead. Of course, Vanderdoes will have a lot of other suitors all over the country. Vanderdoes has Cal, Oregon, UCLA, USC, and Washington in his very early top 5.
Michael Hutchings is one of the best linebackers in the country and plays for De La Salle High School in Concord, California. He is ranked as the 17th and 42nd overall player by Rivals and 247 sports respectively. At 6-2, 210 lbs Hutchings will need to add some weight, but he has the frame to do it. And he already possesses great aggressiveness and athleticism as a tackler. Hutchings will also be one of the most sought after recruits in the country. Oregon has had good ties to De La Salle in recent years, though Tosh Lupoi and Washington are sure to be all over him as Tosh is a De La Salle grad too.
This is of course a very brief look at players who have interest in Oregon. There are at least 18 other recruits on the Rivals 100 who have the Ducks on their shortlist. Stay tuned for more updates and leave your comments below!
Edit: In case you missed it over the weekend, here's our recap of Oregon's recruiting haul for 2012.