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2018 Oregon National Signing Day Recap

NCAA Football: Oregon Spring Practice Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports

The Ducks had a relatively quiet National Signing Day after largely wrapping up the majority of the class during the Early Signing Period.

You can find the Early Signing Period signee review post here

Oregon picked up a total of eight signees on the first Wednesday of February. Who are they? How did Oregon finish in terms of class ranking nationally and in the conference?

Ducks Signees

Penei Sewell 6’5 349 OT Desert Hills HS (UT)

Stars: 4

Ranks: 57 / 2 / 1 (National / Position / State)

- Sewell absolutely was a huge get for the Ducks when he chose the Ducks over the hard charging Trojans. His primary recruiter was DL coach Joe Sala’vea. His recruitment picked up a lot of steam during the stretch run in December and January when several big time programs made their pitch. He visited Eugene on September 29, 2017. The Ducks were his first offer. He held 25 offers from pretty much everyone.

Jalen Hall 6’4 192 WR Long Beach Poly HS (CA)

Stars: 4

Ranks: 127 / 22 / 15

- Hall is one of the most sought after prospects in the nation, regardless of position. He held 42 offers from the all the power programs. He visited the Ducks during Thanksgiving weekend. Hall’s primary recruiter was WR coach Michael Johnson with an assist from Safeties coach Keith Heyward. Oregon led the entire way and he committed 1/26/2018. Army All-American.

Isaah Crocker 6’1 175 WR Inderkum HS (CA)

Stars: 4

Ranks: 179 / 33 / 26

- Crocker held 14 offers, mostly from the Pac-12. He visited the Ducks during the same time frame as Hall. The most recent visit of his was to Oregon on 1/26/2018. He committed to the Ducks on 1/29/2018 after an excellent visit. Keith Heyward was his primary recruiter and Michael Johnson as the secondary recruiter. Oregon led for his services pretty much the whole month.

Spencer Webb 6’5 235 TE Christian Brothers HS (CA)

Stars: 4

Ranks: 244 / 11 / 31

- Webb had an mysterious recruitment as he didn’t officially visit the Ducks during his senior season but signed anyway. The only official he took was to UCLA in December. He’s widely regarded as one of the better tight end prospects in the nation. He committed to the Ducks in April 2017 and stuck with it despite some late offers in January. He visited the Ducks for the spring game and committed a week later. Primary recruiter was Marcus Arroyo.

Andrew Johnson 6’2 222 EDGE Tift County HS (GA)

Stars: 3

Ranks: 575 / 37 / 60

- The Ducks went into talent rich Georgia and unlocked the fence that UGA built around the state to get Johnson. He held 20 offers, including ones from the SEC powers and then some. Committed on 8/1/2017 and visited on 12/8/2017. He will need to add some weight to be a regular at defensive end but will likely stick at linebacker. DC Jim Leavitt was his recruiter.

Kahlef Hailassie 6’2 185 CB Cosumnes Oaks HS (CA)

Stars: 3

Ranks: 1113 / 100 / 116

- Hailassie made it interesting in his recruitment as he was an extremely late decision for the Ducks. Washington State was the presumptive favorite leading into NSD until Oregon swooped in late. He was a long time commit to Colorado that decommitted in December. A big corner at 6’2. It will be interesting how Jim Leavitt incorporates him into the defense. Keith Heyward was his primary recruiter.

Justin Johnson 6’7 355 OT Neumann Goretti HS (PA)

Stars: 3

Ranks: 905 / 74 / 24

- Johnson held offers from various Big Ten, ACC, and SEC schools. He joins four other offensive linemen in the class, all of whom that are over 6’5. He’s behemoth at 6’7 355. Committed to the Ducks in July 2017 after a visit to Eugene for Saturday Night Lights. He’s had a quiet recruitment after committing. Primary recruiter was Mario Cristobal.

J.J. Tucker 6’2 168 WR Narbonne HS (CA)

Stars: 3

Ranks: 1306 / 190 / 139

- Tucker was a very late addition to the class (he was signed during the latter stages of Signing Day). The Ducks’ main competition for his services was Wyoming. He officially visited on 1/19/2018. Likely needs a redshirt year to add weight to his frame. He held four offers. Primary recruiter was Michael Johnson.

What does it mean for the program?

Oregon finished with 23 members of its signing class. The Ducks finished with the 16th ranked class nationally and third in the Pac-12, according to 247 Sports. They were impressive in holding the class together after a coaching change occurred in December and managed to add key pieces in January. It will be interesting to see which signees redshirt and contribute during their freshman seasons. Oregon did suffer from losing several prospects thanks to USC doing their annual late NSD surge. 2019 recruiting will be kicking into high gear shortly as spring official visits are in play thanks to new NCAA legislation.