Entering National Signing Day, the Oregon Ducks had 21 commits, and after adding a couple more today, Oregon football’s Class of 2017 is complete. Let’s get to know some of the guys we’ll be seeing on offense (plus a kicker) over the next four years in Eugene:
Braxton Burmeister - 4* - QB - La Jolla, Calif.
A couple weeks ago, the Ducks flipped 4-star quarterback from Arizona over to Oregon. Originally, Burmeister wasn't recruited by Oregon because he had already committed to Arizona, and Mark Helfirch and his staff didn't believe in recruiting kids who already committed somewhere. To Willie Taggart, anyone is fair game until that National Letter of Intent is signed and faxed in.
As a senior, Burmeister threw for 4,461 yards and 53 touchdowns with eight interceptions. He also ran for 1,470 yards and 27 touchdowns. He is rated as the No. 27 overall prospect in the state of California by Rivals.
CJ Verdell - 3* - RB - Chula Vista, Calif.
CJ Verdell, a 3-star running back out of Chula Vista, Calif., is ranked as the No. 26 running back in the country by 247Sports and the No. 3 running back in California.
As a senior, Verdell ran for 2,399 yards and 36 touchdowns on 262 carries (9.2 yards per carry). He averaged an incredible 12.6 yards per carry his junior year with 2,135 yards and 28 touchdowns.
Verdell committed to the Ducks last May after Oregon’s spring game.
Daewood Davis - 3* - WR - Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
The Ducks now have a connection to Florida thanks to Willie Taggart’s roots there, and just a couple of days ago, that connection came in handy as Daewood Davis, a 3-star wide receiver from Fort Lauderdale, committed to the Ducks.
When reading up on Davis, the first thing that caught my eye was his speed. Davis has a 40-yard dash time at a blistering 4.3 seconds.
As a senior, Davis proved he can make the big plays, averaging over 25 yards per catch, leading Deerfield Beach to an appearance in the 8A state semifinal.
Johnny Johnson III - 3* - WR - Chandler, Ariz.
Johnny Johnson III, a 3-star wide receiver, committed to the Ducks back in November after Oregon lost at home to Stanford.
During his senior year, Johnson caught 67 passes for 1,090 yards and seven touchdowns. So he wasn't putting up massive numbers, but if he develops well in Eugene, there’s some potential for him to do well.
Johnson committed to the Ducks over UNLV.
Demetri Burch - 3* - WR/ATH - Apopka, Fla.
Another product of Taggart’s Florida roots is 3-star wide receiver/athlete Demetri Burch, who committed to the Ducks a few days ago. Burch had originally committed to South Florida, but flipped to Oregon right before National Signing Day.
Burch is ranked as the No. 57 athlete in the country and the No. 93 overall prospect in the state of Florida.
As you can see in his highlight video, Burch can really do it all. He will likely play wide receiver for the Ducks.
Alex Forsyth - 4* - OL - West Linn, Ore.
In his introductory press conference, Willie Taggart preached the importance on getting kids from Oregon to play for the Ducks. Forsyth is one of two recruits in the 2017 class from Oregon.
Forsyth committed to the Ducks last June and had some lucrative offers on the table from some elite programs including Michigan, Washington and USC.
When he committed, Forsyth said that he couldn’t really see himself playing anywhere else and that he visited other schools to confirm to himself that Eugene was the right place for him.
Forsyth is ranked as the No. 2 overall recruit in the state of Oregon and the No. 21 offensive tackle in the nation by Rivals.
George Moore - 3* - OL - San Mateo, Calif.
In my opinion, this is one of the biggest commits for Oregon this year. Moore is ranked as the No. 1 JUCO offensive lineman in the nation, and the Ducks need all the help they can get up front while the younger guys develop. Moore was a late addition, committing just last night.
Moore soared up the position leaderboard, jumping 57 spots in the final set of 247Sports rankings.
At 6-foot-7 and 305 pounds, Moore also brings some serious size to protect Justin Herbert and Royce Freeman.
Cody Shear - 3* - OL - Eugene, Ore.
Cody Shear is reuniting with Justin Herbert. The 3-star offensive lineman from Sheldon High School right here in Eugene flipped at the 11th hour from Arizona to Oregon.
According to Shear, he got a text from Mario Cristobal around 5:30 this morning, just 90 minutes before he was scheduled to sign with Arizona. It just took one question on a phone call from Willie Taggart to flip Shear over to Oregon.
“You've grown up down the street from Autzen. Who do you want to play for?”
The rest is history. Shear became the fourth Arizona commit to flip to the Ducks since Willie Taggart was hiring. They must really hate our new coach down in Tucson, huh?
Adam Stack - 2* - K - Honolulu, HI
Adam Stack committed to the Ducks during the Army All-American Game and is already enrolled at Oregon.
According to the coaching staff, Stack will have a chance to compete at kicker, punter and place kicker, but he’ll be behind Aiden Schneider, Oregon’s most accurate kicker in school history. The Ducks also return punter Ian Wheeler, so Stack has his work cut out for him.