Oregon stepped up to the recruiting plate this weekend and within 48 hours belted one out of the park, sending all runners dashing home.
No, it’s not the UO softball team (who advanced to the super regionals yet again) I was referring to; it’s Mario Cristobal and Oregon Football.
After former Alabama OL and vocal Cristobal fan Dallas Warmack made his intention to suit up in the yellow and green official, Sean Dollars, the Nation’s No.1 all-purpose back, and Jeremiah Criddell, the nation’s No.6 CB, also committed to the Ducks. So metaphorically, Oregon Football belted this one beyond the grandstands.
Dollars, the 5’10” 185 pound ball carrier from Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana CA, chose Oregon over Florida State, USC, and Washington. Dollars had long been considered an Oregon lean and already has a close friendship with Cucamonga High School teammates and current Ducks Thomas Graham Jr. and Jaylon Redd.
Criddell, the 5’11” 188 pound defensive back, selected Oregon over Florida State, Washington, Notre Dame, and Oklahoma. Criddell, a Mater Dei teammate of Dollars who also holds a friendship with Graham Jr. and Redd, is the second-highest rated commitment in Oregon’s class of 2019 and the highest rated defensive back commitment for Oregon in 247Sports database, stretching back to 1999.
This “Mater Dei movement” helps bolster next year’s class even further and cements Cristobal and his staff as firm future-planners, something the previous coaching staff under Mark Helfrich was often maligned for not handling well enough.
Even after the sudden departure of Taggart and the Las Vegas Bowl fiasco in December, Cristobal and his staff have definitely “stepped up to the plate” this recruiting cycle.
And this weekend, the crack of their bat echoed all around the Oregon campus.