Oregon has been more quiet the past few weeks, after it seemed like they were offering the whole entire 2017 class. As of this weekend, Oregon has offered 86 recruits. As you all know, Oregon started spring practice which might also be the reason for the slowness., but this is the time where a lot of unofficial visits are scheduled and made. While Oregon is preparing for the 2016-2017 campaign, this is what has happened in the Oregon recruiting world.
D.J. Matthews: The Florida State commit is still shopping around for the college that best fits him. Matthews released a list of schools in which he considers his top 8. Oregon was on this list as was Florida State, Virginia Tech, and Miami to name a few. Matthews is a 4-star WR from Trinity Christian Academy (FL) and is a top 10 WR and a top 15 recruit in his state.
Trey Blount: The Pace Academy (GA) product listed his top schools, and Oregon was among them. Along with Oregon, he said Tennessee, Georgia, Auburn, Alabama, Florida, and Notre Dame were the schools who stuck out to him. Blount is a 4-star 6-2 WR and he would be a huge get for Oregon because they would be stealing him right out of the heart of SEC country.
Addison Gumbs: Gumbs was the first recruit to visit this week. During the visit Gumbs talked to Coach Helfrich, Coach Pellum, and Coach Hoke and he got to look at the facilities. He describes them as "amazing" and he also said the campus was "great". Gumbs is a highly touted 4-star DE from Stellar Prep (CA). Other offers for him include, USC, Texas A&M, and Arizona.
Demetrius Douglas: Douglas is a local recruit, Jesuit High School, who also visited Oregon around the same time as Addison Gumbs. Douglas is also a CB, but he doesn't have the same extensive offer list as Gumbs. Douglas has offers from Minnesota, Colorado State, and Oregon State. The 6th ranked recruit in the state seems to be an Oregon lean, but he is not planning on committing any time soon.
Tylan Wallace: Tylan and his brother, Tracin, officially committed to Oklahoma State University. Tylan is a 4-star WR while Tracin is only a 3-star QB-DT. Although only Tylan had an offer from Oregon, it didn't seem like they would be a packaged deal. This commitment took everyone by surprise, but OK State was one of only a few colleges to offer both of the Wallace brothers.
Jonathon MacCollister: The 3-star DE/TE talked to Wesley Sinor of al.com, and told him his top 5 contenders are Oregon, Virginia Tech, Auburn, Tennessee, and UCLA. MacCollister is extremely sought after because of his flexibility and versatility, so he would be a great get for Oregon.
Tyjon Lindsey: The 5-star Centennial WR has an enormous amount of offers from traditional powerhouse football teams. But as we all know, he can only pick one NLI to sign. Just this past week, Lindsey narrowed down his list to ten teams. The teams were: Oregon, Alabama, USC, Auburn, Nebraska, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Tennessee, and Michigan. If you want to think Oregon has the upper hand since he announced them first, go ahead, hopefully you're right.
Hunter Rison: The former Michigan State commit has been the source of news for a few weeks now. First, decommited from MSU, then Rison cut down his list to his top 10 teams, and now he decided to recommit to Michigan State. This is where his dad, Andre, went to college and it is where Rison "belongs", according to Hunter Rison himself.
Isaiah Hodgins: Another top recruit who visited Eugene this week was Isaiah Hodgins. He visited Oregon on Friday. Hodgins is a wide receiver from Berean Christian (CA) and is a 4-star recruit on Rivals and a 3-star recruit on 247sports. Although Hodgins visited this week, Oregon still has not offered him. He has offers from these Pac-12 schools: Washington State, Colorado, Oregon State, and Washington.
Elijah Gates: The 4-star CB, Elijah Gates, was the fourth recruit to visit and he visited Oregon over the weekend. Gates plays for Buena Park (CA); in California he is the 34th best recruit and the 29th best CB in this loaded cornerback class. Gates doesn't have too many offers even though he is a 4-star, but the other offers are Notre Dame, UCLA, and Cal.
Amir Riep: One of the hottest trending recruits will be adding Oregon to his future visit list. Riep is from Cincinnati where he plays for Colerain (OH). He is another 4-star CB but he has the potential to move up to a 5-star rating. The 247sports crystal ball pick for Riep is Ohio State, but if Oregon can get Riep on campus, that might be a game changer.
Thomas Fletcher: An IMG Academy recruit received an Oregon offer at the latter end of this week. Thomas Fletcher is a long snapper and one of the best in the country. The elite long snapping camp, Rubio Long Snapping, ranks Fletcher as the best long snapper in the nation. Fletcher told me he had been communicating with Coach Osborne and "I'm really excited about the opportunity..." Even though he plays football in Bradenton, Florida, he is actually from Vancouver, Washington. It would be "sort of a homecoming" for Fletcher, so hopefully that and some other factor are enough to draw Fletcher to Eugene.