This week was another one full of offers from the Oregon staff. No recruit has committed, but committing doesn't start to trend until we hit summer. Oregon has been very active amongst the recruiting trail. They have handed out 21 offers in the past 2 weeks alone, that is absolutely incredible. Oregon is usually a school who does a thorough check before handing out an offer, so this year they have been working extremely hard. Although this week wasn't as busy, the talent Oregon offered makes this recruiting cycle an intriguing one.
This Weeks Oregon Offers
Deommodore Lenoir: The week started off on March 1st for the Oregon targets. The first offer of the day was a 4-star cornerback. Lenoir is from Los Angeles, CA where he attends Bishop Mora Salesian High School. Lenoir is the 8th ranked recruit at his position and the 9th best recruit in California. Lenoir would be huge if Oregon can swipe him right under UCLA's and USC's noses. The top teams who are vying for Lenoir, other than Oregon, are Washington, UCLA, Michigan, Nebraska, and Texas A&M.
TraJon Cotton: The same day Lenoir announced his offer, Trajon Cotton announced his as well. Cotton is another defensive back, who is being recruited as a safety. He is also from California where he plays football for Inderkum High School in Sacramento. Cotton is a top 50 safety and also a top 75 recruit in California. When Cotton was offered he told me, "That offer made my day, my week, pretty much my month! I love Oregon." Secondary coach, John Neal has been busy on the recruiting trail and Cotton was offered by him over the phone. Oregon is also "...pretty high up" on his list, but so are UCLA and Cal. Cotton expects to visit Oregon later in the Spring and he has no timetable for when he is going to announce his commitment.
Jay Tufele: The third recruit of the day went to the state of Utah. Jay Tufele was on the receiving end of this offer and this is the second offer that went from Eugene to Utah (the other being to commit Langi Tuifua). Tufele is a defensive tackle from Bingham High School and is the number one recruit in the state. He is a very highly ranked 4-star recruit, just two points off of being a 5-star. According to sources, Tufele has a great relationship with the aforementioned Tuifua. This is something to watch for, maybe Tuifua can sway Tufele into Oregon's favor. Tufele has 18 offers, but the schools who are the contenders are: BYU, Michigan, UCLA, USC, and Oregon.
Tre Brown: We move onto March 2nd, where Oregon offers another outstanding defensive back. Tre Brown is a 4-star Oklahoma product who plays football and runs track for Union High School. He actually just recorded his first 100m time of his junior track season, it was 10.67. Oregon is familiar with taking on elite football and track talent, i.e. Devon Allen. When talking with 247's Duck Territory Brown said what the Oregon offer meant to him,"It's a dream come true...I've been waiting for this offer since the fifth grade." That is always good to hear. Other schools who have offered Brown are: Oklahoma, Ole Miss, and Oklahoma State.
Jaylon Redd: The second offer of the day was to another 4-star cornerback. Jaylon Redd reigns from California, where he is enrolled at Rancho Cucamonga High School. Redd is a top 25 recruit in his position and also in his state. He is a shorter corner, listed at 5'9", but his speed and his ability to fluidly turn his hips makes the shorter size not too big of a factor. Teams that are interested and have offered Redd are: Michigan, Oklahoma, and Arizona.
Darnay Holmes: The last offer of the day went to an elite...yep you guessed it, cornerback. Holmes is a 5-star recruit from Calabasas, CA and goes to Calabasas High School. He is a highly sought after corner especially since the need for three good corners is on the rise. Holmes is the top ranked corner, the second ranked recruit in California, and the seventh rated recruit in the nation. He was recently a participant in The Open Los Angeles where he scored an invite to The Opening Finals. The 247 crystal ball projects Holmes to be at Stanford for the 2017-2018 campaign, but there is a lot of time to sway his mind.
Alex Forsyth: The last offer of the week goes to West Linn High School (OR) offensive tackle Alex Forsyth. West Linn may sound familiar because another Oregon target, 4-star CB Elijah Molden, attends the school. Forsyth is not currently ranked by any of the big recruiting websites, but as of today he has eight offers. In an interview with Scout Recruiting, Forsyth stated Oregon is one of his top schools and he grew up rooting for the Ducks. The other schools Forsyth has offers from are: Washington State, Oregon State, Hawaii, Colorado State, Nevada, San Diego State, and Wyoming.
Last week there was a trend of offering wide receivers, but this week it was all about the defensive backs. Oregon struggled mightily last year in the secondary and had to bring Charles Nelson on to minimize the passing attack. It looks like newly hired Brady Hoke has put an emphasis on the secondary in his first full recruiting season. Oregon has offered a lot of great talent who seem interested in the Ducks as well. IT will be interesting how the recruiting class shakes up. If you missed last weeks recruiting review click here.