Take a look at your calendar for just a moment. August will soon fade into September, the heat of the summer will turn to a cool autumn. Everyone's going back to school (unless you're in the work force, in which case, you'll continue to work). Now all of that's nice and all, but let's focus on what's really important...
FOOTBALL IS BACK.
Well, almost. The Oregon Ducks are just under four days away from hosting Eastern Washington in the first game of the season. Want more good news? The Ducks are just a few months away from returning to the hardwood. All is right in the world. But it's time to take a quick look at what makes each of these sports work: recruiting.
Troy Warner de-commits from Oregon:
We'll start off with the bad news. Just weeks after four-star wide receiver Theo Howard announced his de-commitment from Oregon, four-star defensive back Troy Warner has announced the same.
Warner (San Marcos, CA) committed to Oregon on April 3 of this year, just two days after an official visit. On August 24, it was announced that he would no longer be joining the Ducks. Warner is listed as the 22nd best defensive back in the class of 2016 (per 247Sports) and the No. 35 player in the state of California. He is now being pursude by the likes of BYU, USC, Notre Dame, and Arizona.
While losing a recruit isn't the end of the world, having two back out in the span of just a few weeks is never a good sign. Fear not, however, as the Ducks' 2016 class is still 12 men deep, and ranked 26th in the nation (per 247Sports).
Ducks land four-star point guard Payton Pritchard
Now it's time for the good news! The Oregon basketball program received a boost this past week, as Oregon native Payton Pritchard announced he would be taking his talents to Eugene.
Pritchard (6-0, 188) is the No. 48 player nation-wide in the class of 2016, the No. 8 point guard, and the top in-state player. He had received interest from Oklahoma, Arizona State, Kansas and Michigan State as well.
Pritchard joins four-star small forward Keith Smith as the second commit for the Ducks' class of 2016. After recording the No. 22 class in the nation for 2015 (three four-star recruits and one five-star) it would appear that Oregon has become a sexy attraction for some of the nations best young talent. This of course bodes well for the Ducks, who can't seem to get past Wisconsin in the tournament.
After losing out on Jamaal Murray to those pesky Wildcats, it's good to see the Ducks rebound with a bang.
Here's a little sample of what Pritchard brings to the table.
Dillon Mitchell impressing early on
Cons: The Ducks lost their top wide receiver recruit, Theo Howard.
Pros: Their next best wide-receiver commit, Dillon Mitchell, may just be all they need.
It's still early in the high school football season, but 2016 four-star Dillion MItchell (White Station, TN) has been showing off his moves.
The No. 49 wide receiver recruit committed to Oregon way back on November 4 of last year, and he's helped fortify a good looking 2016 class. At just 6-0, 191 pounds, Mitchell won't be overpowering anybody with his size, but it's clear he's got skills to make defenders miss.
Here's just a sample of what he's been doing early on:
Let's just hope he sticks around, because he could be a valuable weapon once he makes his way to Autzen.