Oregon has been pretty quiet as far as visits for the last few weeks, but the team has not been shy in handing out offers. As has been the norm lately, the Ducks are trying to put – or keep – themselves in the conversation for nearly every recruit worth attention.
Having a broad staff dedicated to recruiting tends to work out for teams. Before Oregon’s string of decommitments back in December, the team had more committed recruits than it had open scholarships. The Ducks hope to run into the same problem when it comes to the end of the 2019 season. With the number of players the team is offering so far, Oregon could find itself there yet again.
The three-star defensive-back wasn’t offered by Oregon this week, but some news came out that made him far more available. Henry decommitted from South Florida on Monday, where he had been committed since August. He’s also being targeted by Florida, so there’s a chance he may decide to stay close to home.
Henry only has a few Power 5 offers, so he has gone fairly under the radar. He’s inching closer to the top-50 at his position, which man not seem too impressive, but defensive-back is one of the most talent-heavy positions each cycle. Henry would likely be able to make a solid contribution to whichever team he ends up choosing.
Oregon is looking down south again with Allen Smith. The Ducks offered the linebacker from Georgia last week and have already made progress with him. Smith has already listed the Ducks as one of his top five schools. He says his recruitment is still wide open, but it’s good for the Ducks that he is giving significant consideration to making the long trip to Eugene early in his recruiting process.
For someone a bit lower in the recruiting rankings, Flott has been offered by plenty of top schools early. He has already landed offers from the big dogs of his home state, Alabama and Auburn, and has also been targeted by other SEC programs including Tennessee, Texas A&M and Mississippi State.
Oregon is the first West Coast team to work its way into the mix for the three-star cornerback. With the kinds of teams he’s attracting, it seems like he’ll end up staying down south, but Oregon has had great success with southern recruits lately. The Ducks look a lot better than some of the mid-level schools that are targeting him, so time will tell.
Oregon is improving their stock with a Florida target in linebacker Rian Davis, one of the top prospects in the nation at his position. Shortly after the announcement of his Oregon offer, Davis also announced that he was invited to and will play in the Under Armour All-American game.
Davis has received offers from just about every title contender there is. He will be seen as a gam- changer, so obviously the Ducks will have plenty of competition for the four-star recruit. He’s also already made unofficial visits to several schools, so Oregon is a little behind in that regard. If he decides to make a visit of any kind to Eugene, the team has a fairly good chance at impressing him. Oregon will likely have to extend its range down south if it wants to continue landing top recruits.
Offensive linemen are always close to the top of the list of a team’s wants and needs, so it’s no surprise that Oregon offered four-star offensive tackle Bryce Benhart on Monday. Standing at 6-foot-7, 285 pounds, and being from Minnesota, he sounds like the prototypical Big Ten recruit. And so far, that’s where most of his offers have come from. Oregon and UCLA and are the lone PAC-12 schools to target Benhart.
If he were to somehow end up choosing Oregon, Benhart would be an immediate boost to an offensive line that could be finding itself in a transition year. The team just lost one of the best offensive linemen in program history in Tyrell Crosby, so the team may be looking to fill a void. Early signs point to Benhart staying in the midwest, but Oregon could end up making a strong impression.
The recruiting quiet period is set to end in a couple of weeks, meaning coaches will be able to visit recruits away from campus again. Oregon still only has one commitment for the 2019 class, so the team will be looking for more soon.