The Ducks have added four new commitments over the past few days, bringing the total to 20 and giving the new staff momentum heading into the home stretch of the 2017 recruiting period. Oregon is now sitting in the top-25 in recruiting class rankings with real potential to move into the top-20 by NSD. By source, 247 has the Ducks at 24th, Rivals at 19th and Scout at 22nd. With the addition of our four new commits, here is an updated breakdown. By state, the Ducks have one from Arizona, nine from California, six from Florida (FLOregon), two from Hawaii, one from Oregon and one from Tennessee. By position, the breakdown is one QB, two RBs, two WRs, one OL, four DL, two LBs, two DBs, five ATH and one K.
The new commits: Daewood Davis, Demetri Burch, Bruce Judson and Cyrus Habibi-Likio.
Daewood Davis - 3* WR: 6’1” 164lbs
Davis is a speedy wide receiver who was previously committed to South Florida and can allegedly run a 4.3 40. His highlights do show an ability to break away on a fly; however, his cuts could use improvement on route running. At 6’1” and 164lbs, Davis will need to add some bulk to his frame before seeing meaningful playing time. Daewood Davis will have the opportunity to develop into a serious deep threat for the Ducks and makes a nice addition to a position group in need of depth.
Demetri Burch - 3* ATH: 5’11” 182lbs
Demetri Burch is another player of the FLOregon trend to flip from the USF Bulls to the Ducks. Burch played QB and WR in high school, but is listed as an athlete by the various recruiting services. In the highlights below, he takes a lot of zone reads and shows impressive vision and patience behind blockers. It will be interesting to see where the Ducks ultimately end up using Burch.
Bruce Judson - 4* ATH: 5’9” 184lbs
For anyone who followed, Judson’s announcement was a highly entertaining process where he openly trolled everyone who was watching. He tweeted statuses making him appear to be an Oregon lock and then would turn and appear to lean towards the Beavers. He set a time that he would announce, strung followers along and ended with a statement that he would wait until a few days later and went radio silent. Ultimately, Judson committed to the Ducks and is yet another player who followed Taggart from USF to Eugene. While it annoyed many, it also showed personality and that he is truly enjoying the process. He had offers from multiple Power-5 programs including Alabama, the big three in Florida and fOSU. Depending on where the coaches end up using Judson, he has the size and skill to potentially see playing time as a true freshman.
Cyrus Habibi-Likio - 3* RB: 6’1” 200lbs
Cyrus Habibi-Likio is a player who has seen his stock dramatically rise in the closing weeks of this recruitment period. He was initially recruited by Gary Campbell and Matt Lubick and originally was going to announce his commitment in late-December, but pushed the date back after not hearing from the new Oregon staff. Taggart reaffirmed Oregon’s interest and the bruising RB announced his commitment. One thing that really impresses from the highlight tape is Habibi-Likio’s downfield vision. He constantly appears to be looking for his next hole and making the cuts to elude potential tacklers. He’s also not afraid to show his inner Masoli and flat out run over defenders in his way. With the depth at RB this season, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a redshirt here with 2018 being a breakout year on the two-deep.
I don’t know about the rest of you, but these last couple days of the recruitment process have me very excited for our coming season. April 29th can’t come soon enough. Go Ducks!