As noted by scout.com, Oregon football possesses the No. 1 recruiting class for 2018. With one tweet and a verbal commitment to the Ducks over Alabama on Friday from defensive prospect Malcolm Lamar, the best class just got a lot better.
Head coach Willie Taggart and his staff are certainly rolling in a tide of momentum since moving to Eugene. Not only does Taggart own the best recruiting class in his first year on the job, but he just landed an elite defender that chose Oregon over Nick Saban and Alabama. The Ducks are indeed doing something.
Lamar was a huge snag for Oregon, as their defensive line was the only area lacking a major commitment. Not to mention, there was very little depth with Jonathan King as the lone committed defensive lineman for the class of 2018.
The strong side defensive end will pair nicely with King, as they hope to create years of havoc up front at Autzen. Lamar is the No. 10 ranked defensive tackle by ESPN. According to scout.com, he's the No. 52 overall prospect in the country.
OREGON COMMITS FOR 2018 CLASS (22/25):
85 - Dawson Jaramillo, Offensive Lineman (4-star)
84 - Steve Stephens, Safety (4-star)
83 - Malcolm Lamar, Defensive Line (4-star)
83 - Jevon Holland, Safety (4-star)
83 - Tre’Shaun Harrison, Athlete (4-star)
83 - Adrian Jackson, Linebacker (4-star)
82 - Warren Thompson, Wide Receiver (4-star)
82 - Braden Lenzy, Athlete (4-star)
82 - Isaiah Bolden, Cornerback (4-star)
82 - Jamal Elliott, Running Back (4-star)
81 - Steven Jones, Offensive Guard (4-star)
80 - Miles Battle, Wide Receiver (4-star)
80 - Jonathan King, Defensive End (4-star)
79 - Verone McKinley III, Cornerback (4-star)
78 - Christopher Randazzo, Offensive Tackle (3-star)
78 - Justin Johnson, Offensive Tackle (3-star)
77 - Spencer Webb, Tight End (3-star)
75 - Teagan Quitoriano, Athlete (3-star)
75 - Travis Dye, Running Back (3-star)
NR - MJ Cunningham, Athlete (3-star)
NR - Andrew Johnson, Outside Linebacker
N/A - Mohamed Diallo, Defensive Tackle (Transfer)
We'll continue to update you on the growing list of commits. We are just 28 days away from opening day and that means the 2018 season is that much closer, as well. Buckle your seatbelt. It’s going to be an electric ride with Willie Taggart and company.