Recruiting: Oregon Ducks hosting nation’s No. 1 linebacker, several commits
The Oregon Ducks are set to host a big collection of official and unofficial visitors this weekend for the Civil War.
10 Oregon pledges will be in town, as well as the nation’s No. 1 inside linebackers in the 2020 and 2021 recruiting classes.
Here’s a look at the visitors:
3* DE Brandon Buckner (Chandler, Arizona; 2021)
Class of 2021 three-star defensive lineman Brandon Buckner is a top-40 defensive end nationally.
The 6-foot-2, 230-pound edge-rusher holds early offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Maryland, Oregon and Oregon State.
WR Duce Robinson (Phoenix, Arizona; 2023)
Duce Robinson is still young, but has showed enough talent that he received a scholarship offer from Arizona State before he’d ever played an organized game of tackle football.
He will be one to watch as he continues to develop.
3* DL Maceal Afaese (Kapolei, Hawaii) – Oregon commit
Three-star defensive lineman Maceal Afaese is a versatile piece to add to a defense, as his 6-foot-5, 260-pound frame fit nicely in a 3-4 front.
Afaese chose Oregon over offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Kansas State, Nebraska, Tennessee, Texas Tech and others.
3* DL Jake Shipley (Indio, California; 2020) – Oregon commit
247Sports three-star defensive lineman Jake Shipley isn’t the highest-rated pledge in Oregon’s class, but he’s generated plenty of buzz as one of the nation’s most underrated prospects.
The versatile 6-foot-4, 269-pound defensive lineman chose Oregon over offers from Arizona State, Boise State, California, Colorado, Kansas State, Nebraska, UCLA, Washington, Washington State and others.
3* OL Faaope Laloulu (Honolulu, Hawaii; 2020) – Oregon commit
Oregon needed offensive linemen in the class of 2020 and Mario Cristobal values size.
Faaope Laloulu, the 6-foot-7, 390-pound mammoth, has plenty of it and can be crafted into a quality tackle as he fine-tunes his skillset.
3* RB Trey Benson (Greenville, Mississippi; 2020) – Oregon commit
Trey Benson remains a three-star prospect, but has had a special senior season, concluding with St. Joseph’s third straight state title.
The 6-foot-1, 209-pound ball-carrier chose Oregon over Florida State, Notre Dame, Penn State and others.
4* RB Seven McGee (Rochester, New York; 2021) – Oregon commit
Seven McGee, the nation’s No. 2 running back in the class of 2021, is making yet another return trip to Eugene.
He’s been a staple at games and recruiting events, and appears to be locked into his pledge despite heavy interest and offers from Colorado, Georgia, Nebraska, Tennessee, USC and others.
4* OL Kingsley Suamataia (Orem, Utah; 2021)
Class of 2021 offensive tackle Kingsley Suamataia, a cousin of Penei Sewell and Noah Sewell, is rated the nation’s No. 11 player in the country at his position.
The 6-foot-5, 280-pound tackle is viewed as a major target for Mario Cristobal in the 2021 class.
4* CB Luke Hill (Baltimore, Maryland; 2020) – Oregon commit
Consensus four-star cornerback Luke Hill is quietly one of the best commitments in the class.
The 5-foot-11, 170-pound cornerback chose Oregon over a stunning offer sheet of Auburn, Clemson, Florida, LSU, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Penn State, Virginia Tech and several others.
Hill is the nation’s No. 7 cornerback.
4* OLB Jaden Navarrette (Norco, California; 2020) – Oregon commit
It’s not very often Oregon flips a linebacker from LSU, but that’s the case with Jaden Navarrette.
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound ‘backer is rated the nation’s No. 7 athlete and chose the Ducks over Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Michigan, Nebraska, Tennessee, USC, Washington and others.
4* athlete Anthony Beavers Jr. (Gardena, California; 2021) – Oregon commit
Anthony Beavers Jr. is a top-10 athlete in the class of 2021 and committed to Oregon early over offers from Arizona State, BYU, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Nebraska, South Carolina, Tennessee, USC, Utah and others.
Beavers projects as a safety at the collegiate level.
4* QB Jay Butterfield (Brentwood, California; 2020) – Oregon commit
Less than a week after finishing second for Clemson-bound quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei, the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect, the Ducks quickly pivoted and landed Jay Butterfield.
The 6-foot-6, 202-pound pass-catcher is the nation’s No. 3 pro-style quarterback.
4* WR Johnny Wilson (Calabasas, California; 2020) – Oregon commit
Oregon desperately wanted to add size on the perimeter and did so with a pair of key wide receiver additions – USC transfer Devon Williams (6-foot-4, 200 pounds) and Calabasas High School’s Johnny Wilson (6-foot-6, 225 pounds).
Wilson, who has a chance to develop into an NFL receiver if he works to hone his skillset, chose Oregon over offers from Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Kansas State, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, USC and others.
4* LB Keith Brown (Lebanon, Oregon; 2021)
Lebanon star Keith Brown is rated the nation’s No. 1 inside linebacker and No. 48 overall prospect in the class of 2021 by Rivals.
The in-state recruit holds early offers from Arizona, California, Michigan, Oregon, Oregon State, Tennessee, UCLA, USC, Utah, Washington and others, but many more national programs have shown interest.
He has grown close to five-star linebacker Noah Sewell, a recent Oregon pledge, which could help in his recruitment.
5* LB Justin Flowe (Upland, California; 2020)
Upland’s Justin Flowe, the nation’s No. 1 inside linebacker and No. 5 prospect overall, is down to a final four of Clemson, Georgia, Miami (Fla.) and Oregon.
The 6-foot-2, 225-pound ‘backer is rumored to be a heavy Clemson lean, but the Ducks could change that will a home run visit.