EUGENE, Oregon — “Saturday Night Live” at Autzen Stadium showcased the elite high school football talent in the nation. The festivities were open to the public, as Duck fans witnessed the future of Oregon football.
It’s difficult to bring excitement to a football stadium without an actual game being played in it. Practice drills and 7-on-7 scrimmages usually don’t draw a crowd, but Saturday had its moments.
Most were fascinated by the exhibition of athleticism on display. On more than one occasion, thousands of spectators were treated to moments of football brilliance with one-handed grabs and lightning-quick runs. 60 of the best took to the turf.
Even 2020 prospect Willie Taggart Jr. participated in the showcase in front of his dad.
Additionally, head coach Willie Taggart and his staff locked up a few more eager commitments. On Saturday alone, Taggart sealed verbal commitments from four more prospects, including three from the state of Texas.
Arjei Henderson was the first commit for Oregon’s class of 2019. The four-star wide receiver had more offers than any other prospect in the country. He is a product of Richmond, Texas.
The next Texas standout to commit to the Ducks was Verone McKinley III. He is yet another name added to The Movement 2018 and was the first 2018 commit of the day. The Lewisville, TX native will be a major insurance policy at the cornerback position.
Four-star wide receiver Miles Battle concluded the Texas stampede for the Ducks and Coach Marcus Arroyo. The co-offensive coordinator and QB/TE coach has a heavy influence in Texas, clearly.
What a day for Arroyo? He may not be calling the offensive plays this season, but he is calling attention to his recruiting skills.
Last but certainly not least was the commitment of three-star TE/DE Teagan Quitoriano from Salem. He is 6-foot-6 with good hands, which would be perfect for the tight end position. More importantly, he is from the state of Oregon.
Saturday wasn’t a game, but we’re heading in the right direction. Sunday marks Media Day for Oregon football from Autzen. Meanwhile, the real preparation begins on Monday with the first day of fall camp. The first two days of practice are open to the public.