Dan Lanning has built something in Eugene. As many message boards today are swirling with rumors about the Alabama head coach slot being open, lets take a moment to talk about the culture at Oregon and how it has effected the roster.
Everyone has seen that Lanning and the staff he has built can go out and get top talent. But in the modern era of college athletics, being an elite recruiter is about more than just gathering great players. You have to continuously recruit your own players to stay in the program.
While Oregon certainly had its share of players enter the transfer portal in December, part of that was to make room for the top 5 class coming in. More impressive perhaps, than what is coming in, is how much Dan Lanning has convinced to stay.
There are 16 draft-eligible players from the 2023 roster currently expected back in college uniforms for 2024. That kind of commitment to the team is rare. But as we saw Bucky Irving and Bo Nix suit up for the Fiesta Bowl despite both heading for the draft this year, Dan Lanning has built a culture where people put the team ahead of themselves.
Here is some of the talent Oregon looks to have back:
Tez Johnson, Wide Receiver
Tysheem Johnson, Safety
Traeshon Holden, Wide Receiver
Noah Whittington, Running Back
Jeffrey Bassa, Linebacker
Jestin Jacobs, Linebacker
BREAKING- LB Jestin Jacobs is returning to Oregon for another season pic.twitter.com/SYYt5eBRKB— Oregon Recruiting (@duckscrootin) January 7, 2024
Jordan Burch, Defensive End
Ajani Cornelius, Right Tackle
BREAKING- Oregon RT Ajani Cornelius has announced he will be back for another season. pic.twitter.com/r8LV0GF2Xd— Oregon Recruiting (@duckscrootin) January 7, 2024
Terrence Ferguson, Tight End
Patrick Herbert, Tight End
That is some incredible talent. Add this batch of developed talent to the recent recruiting success, and sprinkle in a few big impact transfers and it becomes clear that Lanning is building a team that can do more than just create nightmares in the Big10. This is a squad eyeing playoff spots and national titles.
Of course, some amazing players are also off to the NFL Draft.
Bucky Irving, Running Back
Thank you Duck Nation… pic.twitter.com/SERjtnEJnx— Mar’keise Irving (@BuckyIrving) December 11, 2023
Jamal Hill, Linebacker
Jackson Powers-Johnson, Center
Troy Franklin, Wide Receiver
Thank you DUCK NATION pic.twitter.com/aRAguQFy1T— Troy franklin (@TroooyyyyyyTroy) December 16, 2023
Kyree Jackson, Cornerback
Developing NFL-level talent is tough. Keeping it in the locker room in today’s game is even more impressive. Keep up the good work, Dan.