National Signing Day is just under four months away (February 4th, 2015 to be exact) and the Oregon Ducks are already off to a hot start recruiting-wise. 247Sports currently ranks Oregon's 2015 recruiting class as third best in the Pac-12, and 19th best nationally.
With Marcus Mariota, Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Byron Marshall (most likely) and others set to leave, there are certainly some major holes to fill. The class is shaping up nicely as it is, and with still time remaining to snag some more recruits, it can only get better.
Without further ado, let's get onto the class.
Top Commits So Far:
Taj Griffin: The number one word used to describe Georgia runningback is simple; explosive. His top end speed is ridiculous as it is, and he's not losing much of it when making cuts. Oregon has a history of explosive runningbacks (De'Anthony Thomas, LaMichael James, the list goes on) and Griffin fits in almost too perfectly. He's almost EXACTLY Thomas' size (5'10', 175 lbs.) and could play a similar role as DAT did.
His torn-ACL back in August shouldn't keep Griffin sidelined by the time he get's to Eugene in 2015. Assuming he makes a full recovery *knocks on wood repeatedly until hand falls off* he could develop into one of the best players to come out of this class, and play a huge role even as a freshman.
For a quick look into the all purpose back's skills, check out his highlight tape.
Travis Waller: Replacing Marcus Mariota is no easy task. Actually, its an incredibly difficult task. Servite High School dual threat quarterback Travis Waller has a pretty good chance to come in and compete for a starting job. With the recent success of freshman quarterbacks (Johnny Manziel, Jameis Winston) it's even harder to dispute the amount of intrigue surround Waller coming to Oregon.
At 6'3". Waller has the height to play the quarterback position in the NCAA. The one downside s that he's only 190 lbs. For a comparison, Mariota is an inch taller, but with over 20 extra pounds (212 lbs. to be exact). Packing on a few more pounds wouldn't hurt Waller in the long run, especially when he's getting hit when he runs out of the pocket.
For a quick look into the dual-threat quarterback's skills, check out his highlight tape.
Alex Ofodile: Devon Allen looks pretty good as the team's number one receiver as it is right now, but adding another pass-catcher to Oregon's arsenal never hurts. Alex Ofodile, son of former NFL tight end OJ Ofodile, is a 6'3" wide receiver recruit who's already committed to Oregon. His solid hands and height make him a solid red zone threat, and the type of guy who you can get the ball to and move the chains.
He's not exactly a speed demon or a deep threat by any means, but he's a solid possession receiver who could be a valuable target to whoever the next Oregon quarterback may be.
Malik Lovette: Four star all purpose back with the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. Good speed with the ability to make defenders miss.
Zach Okun: Massive four-star guard prospect out of California. Quick for his size with decent lateral speed. Impressive power as well.
Shane Lemieux: At 6'6", Lemieux is even bigger than Okun at the offensive tackle position. The three-star guard fielded offers from Arizona State and Boise State before committing to Oregon.
P.J. Locke: A three-star safety out of Texas, P.J. Locke could factor into the Ducks defensive backfield early on with players like Ifo Ekpre-Olomo leaving after this season.
Jacob Breeland: With a 6'5", 205 lb. frame, Breeland is not lacking the size to play tight end. With deceptive downfield speed, he could develop into a valuable offensive threat.
Calvin Throckmorton: With another 6'5" offensive tackle, Oregon clearly had protecting the quarterback in mind when the recruiting process started.
Jake Hanson: You guessed it, another 6'5" offensive tackle. The three-star Hanson has been labeled as strong and athletic, something than any coach would want in a tackle.
Jihree Stewart: At 6'0", Stewart brings some added height which gives him a leg up over most college corners. The three-star was offered by Wisconsin, Duke, Arizona State, and others.
Dylan Kane: A 6'2" hard-hitting safety out of Hawaii, Kane could potentially be moved over to corner eventual;y based on his size.
Gus Cumberlander: A massive defensive end out of Georgia, the three-star recruit is Oregon's first on the defensive line, and it could signal that they are out of the race for top recruit Josh Sweat.
Brady Aiello: I'm beginning to sense a pattern here with getting larger than life offensive lineman, as the Ducks nabbed 6'6" Aiello out of California.