The 2018 recruiting cycle is mostly over, but a college football team’s job never ends. As soon as the book is closed on one recruiting class, another one is opened. Oregon is still getting offers in place for its 2019 class, but it wasted no time getting started. Three players announced on signing day that they had received 2019 offers from Oregon.
One of the three defensive players to receive offers from Oregon on Wednesday was Charles Thomas. The top-ten inside linebacker comes from Georgia, which has been a real talent-pool over the past couple years.
While Thomas announced the offer from Oregon via his Twitter account, it will be a long-shot to make him a Duck. It’s still early in the recruiting process, but Thomas is already committed to Michigan. There’s enough time to try to flip him, but having a decision made so early can make things tough.
One of two Texas natives offered Wednesday, Jamal Morris would beef up the Ducks secondary. Morris has been a popular target of both the SEC and the PAC-12. He’s a top-15 safety in the country for 2019, and a top-300 recruit overall.
Oregon did a fantastic job in the defensive backfield in 2018, with two of the school’s best five recruits being safeties. If the Ducks’ incoming class ends up performing well, Morris could be encouraged by the team’s ability to develop a young secondary.
The highest ranked 2019 player Oregon offered on National Signing Day was DeMarvin Leal. The four-star defensive-lineman is currently among the top-100 players in the country. He also ranks just outside the top-ten in Texas, which always puts out some of the nation’s best recruits.
Leal is at a flexible size for his position and will be able to play wherever needed on the defensive line. He’s athletic enough to play defensive-end and large enough to move inside to defensive-tackle. Due to his flexibility, Leal will be a highly-sought after target next season. Hopefully the Ducks can get an edge on him before some of the schools closer to his home beats them to it.
It’s still extremely early in the recruiting process for 2019. Oregon already has one commit in three-star cornerback Marques Caldwell. The main player to be looking for is quarterback Michael Johnson Jr. The number two dual-threat quarterback in the country plays high school ball at Eugene’s own Sheldon High School.
Oregon has a good track record at getting the talented players from Sheldon to stay put in their hometown, most notably current starting quarterback Justin Herbert. Still, there is a long way to go until 2019’s recruiting class starts to materialize, and Oregon will try to build off some momentum created from last year.