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Oregon could be only school to possess No. 1 recruiting class in basketball and football in same year

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Football or basketball school? How about both?

NCAA Basketball: Utah at Oregon Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

The future of Oregon basketball and football is in great hands. In this era of Duck athletics, Dana Altman and Willie Taggart are bringing some of the best talent in North America to Eugene. Currently, UO is on the precipice of history in college athletics.

No college institution has ever possessed the No. 1 recruiting class for basketball and football in the same season. However, the Oregon Ducks and their 2018 recruiting class are toying with legendary status.

The rankings are fluid throughout a season, always changing and altering after a big-name signing commits to a certain program.

For example, after five-star wide receiver Arjei Henderson decommitted from the Oregon football program last week, the Ducks moved down in their 2019 class rankings. Nevertheless, these sort of things occur during the recruiting process.

Henderson committed to Oklahoma prior to the Ducks. These are kids and once they start receiving major attention from every elite program in the country, they are going to review their options, as they should. Yet, the Ducks are not out of the race for him.

The Ducks continue to climb the 2018 class recruiting rankings with Willie Taggart at the helm. If Oregon keeps signing these prospects at an exponential rate, the No. 1 spot will not be far behind.
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After the current season ends, you can bet head coach Willie Taggart and his enthusiastic staff will take to the recruiting trail with a “reckless abandon unknown to mankind,” as Coach T likes to say.

Taggart could have a few more tricks up his sleeve that we have yet to hear about.

Regardless, the current class heading to Oregon next fall is a stout and talented bunch. At the end of the day, the rankings and stats don’t matter as much as the wins do. Yet, you can’t reach the top without having some elite talent and UO has it in waves.

As for Dana Altman and the basketball program, they continue to build upon previous successes. The #OregonEmpire entered the season with the No. 8 ranked recruiting class for 2017, highlighted by five-star freshman Troy Brown.

On Thursday, the Ducks entered the Top 10 once again. After four-star guard Will Richardson signed a National Letter of Intent with Oregon, scout.com placed UO in the No. 8 spot for their 2018 recruiting class.

With the signature of four-star guard Will Richardson on Thursday, Oregon basketball moved into the Top 10 for the 2018 recruiting rankings. And they aren’t done yet.
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If the Ducks sign their final piece of the puzzle in the form of five-star center Bol Bol, Oregon basketball could move into the No. 1 spot for the 2018 class. With the best center in the nation, the Ducks could also possess the greatest basketball recruiting class (‘04) in program history.

With emerging talent clearly on the way to the UO basketball and football program’s, it’s only a matter of time before the banners start to arrive in Eugene.

Prior to the 2017 athletic calendar, CBS Sports broke down the 10 highest winning percentages of college institutions with basketball and football programs:

10. Alabama (.630)

9. Notre Dame (.656)

8. Oregon (.661)

7. Michigan State (.692)

6. Texas (.702)

5. Louisville (.712)

4. Oklahoma (.712)

3. Wisconsin (.718)

2. Florida (.724)

1. Ohio State (.739)

Just imagine where Oregon’s program will place after another decade of sustained success. It’s scary to think how much better the Ducks can become in the two sports.

Next up for Oregon basketball (2-0) is Alabama State on Friday night from MKA. The Ducks will be looking to extend their incredible nation-best home win-streak to 45 games, while Dana Altman is seeking win No. 600 of his illustrious career. Tip is slated for 8:00 p.m. PT via the Pac-12 Network.

As for the football team, UO readies themselves for the rushing attack of the Arizona Wildcats (7-3, 5-2). Rich Rodriguez invades Autzen Stadium on Saturday to face Justin Herbert and Oregon. Kickoff is slated for 4:00 p.m. PT via the Pac-12 Network.

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