Today is finally the day. Oregon will be suiting up against Oregon 2 and duking it out. As a bonus to this glorious day, Oregon has unveiled retro jerseys and they will be worn during the game. But enough about the actual game, lets talk about which recruits will be in attendance. As you know, the spring game is a HUGE recruiting tool for coaching staffs because it gives these kids a chance to experience a semi-real gameday atmosphere and because it allows the kids to see the team play, rather than just watching practice. Oregon will be hosting talented recruits, mostly from the west coast. Here is the list of all the recruits coming to Eugene:
ATH Salvon Ahmed - 4*
Oregon has a lot of work to do if they want to secure the commitment of the 3rd best recruit in Washington. This is the day to impress him. The Juanita High School star seems to have University of Washington leading and schools such as Stanford, Notre Dame, and Oregon behind them. I would say Stanford is the #2 behind Washington, but Oregon can make up some ground today.
This 2017 class has many great offensive linemen, Aumave is another one. He is a Northern California product, a place where Oregon has had plenty of success in the past. Aumave is an interesting recruit because he can also play along the defensive line. Aumave has Washington at the top of his list, but Oregon is right with the Huskies.
The Oregon product has been trending towards Oregon for awhile now. Douglas is the number seven recruit in the state of Oregon, so it will be important for Oregon to seal the deal with him. Some reports have Oregon in the lead for Douglas, but he isn't ready to pull the trigger just yet. Oregon can help Douglas make his decision by putting on a great spring game and making him feel at home.
Another Oregon product will be in Eugene for the first "real" football game of the year. Oregon offered Forsyth back when he had only seven offers and when his best offers were from Oregon State and Washington. Since then he has collected, 11 more offers and the big ones are from USC and Michigan. USC might be the team to look out for in Forsyth's recruitment, but I believe Oregon is at the top of Forsyth's list.
Graham is a big time recruit visiting Oregon. He was recently decommitted to USC and in return he received an offer from Oregon. The Rancho Cucamongo defensive back recently won the Best of the West 7-on-7 tournament, which is an invite only tournament for the best 7-on-7 teams on the west coast. Graham is a highly touted corner and he has offers from USC (he told me USC is not out of the running for his commitment), Washington (he will be visiting UW when his sister participates in the Pac-12 Track and Field Championships), and Arizona. Oregon can make up much needed ground with Graham this weekend.
Jaylon Redd is a teammate of Thomas Graham Jr. and a great cornerback in his own right. Redd just attended the Under Armour ILLSpeed Tournament finals in Baltimore. Not only did Redd participate, he won the whole challenge against other top tier recruits such as: Oregon target WR Tyjohn Lindsey and Oklahoma commit CB Tre Brown. Redd then traveled back to the west coast and won the Best of the West tournament. This kid is something else. He has a crazy work ethic and has that competitive mentality. Redd has Oregon really high on his list, which is great news for the Ducks.
Amir Riep will be making the trip out to Oregon all the way from Cincinnati, Ohio. Although Oregon might be a distant team for Riep, they could become a darkhorse after this weekends events. Being so close to Ohio State, the Buckeyes are in the lead for Riep with the Spartans of Michigan State behind them. Although Ohio is far away, Oregon has had some guys from Ohio commit to the Ducks. Back in 2013, TE Pharoah Brown and WR Dwayne Stanford were recruited to play for Oregon and they eventually committed here. Although Riep might be from the Midwest, don't count out the Ducks just yet, I mean he is going cross-country to visit for a spring game...
The last Oregon product on this list is Cody Shear. The Sheldon High School product has an extensive offer sheet which include Oregon State, Arizona, and Washington State. Oregon has not offered Shear yet, but this weekend could be a good first step to actually meet in person and gauge whether they want to hand out an offer to him. If they do, I won't be surprised if he commits soon after.
The last time Oregon landed a running back from southern California was when they picked up Royce Freeman. Verdell is a high priority for the Duck coaching staff and you can see that by the amount of other running backs they've offered: just three. Verdell is definitely on my commitment watch list because of his high interest in the Ducks and because of how much interest the Ducks are showing him.
Michael Young and his entire family will be coming to Oregon all the way from Destrehan, Louisiana. The wide receiver has been blowing up the past few weeks with offers coming from: Virginia Tech, Missouri, and Notre Dame. Young has a good friend and former teammate in Kirk Merritt who is an Oregon Duck wide receiver. Merritt could become a great recruiting tool in which could sway Young to the Ducks even though the interest on Young's side is already very high.
These are all of the 2017 recruits who will be at Oregon's spring game. But wait there is more. Some 2018 recruits will also attend this game, here they are:
Oregon has a chance to make waves in the recruiting world over this weekend. They have top tier talent coming from all over the country to this game and some of the best cornerbacks in the nation arriving in Eugene. Oregon is in dire need of a commitment and I'm feeling like this weekend is going to be the weekend where Oregon breaks the dry spell.