Both Oregon Ducks football and basketball have a huge month on the horizon. With the early signing period starting Wednesday, recruiting season is beginning to heat up. Here’s what the Ducks have planned for the next month.
According to 247sports, Oregon football has six official visits scheduled in the month of November, four of which are for 4-star prospects. On November 18, the Ducks host 3-star tight-end Michael Ezeike and 4-star running-back Jashaun Corbin. Corbin, a Florida native, committed to Florida State in May, but is still taking official visits to give other schools the chance to make an impression on him. With Willie Taggart’s Florida connections, anything could happen when Corbin visits.
For rivalry weekend, Oregon has some of its most important visits lined up. 3-star offensive-tackle Christopher Randazzo, already committed to the Ducks, will take his official visit that weekend. Oregon also has three members of the Armchair Top 300 visiting. Wide receivers Isaah Crocker (No. 279) and Jaylen Waddle (No. 117) round out the offensive players visiting that weekend. Defensive-end Tyreke Smith (No. 83 on the Armchair Top 300) is the only defensive player making an official visit on rivalry weekend, but is the highest rated player of all with a visit scheduled.
Basketball’s high hopes
Oregon basketball doesn’t have any official visits in November, but the upcoming weekend could end up being the biggest in program history. Number one prospect RJ Barrett is slated to make his decision Friday afternoon, and Oregon is in his top three. The Canadian baller would be the first number one recruit ever to commit to the Ducks, and would immediately jump Oregon up to the top of the 2018 class rankings.
The bad news for Oregon is that Barrett’s other two choices are blue-bloods Kentucky and Duke. The two programs have had the majority of the top ten prospects over the last few years, so it seems that Oregon would be the odd man out. Oregon does have some things going for it, however.
The school has great connections with Canadian players. 2017 starters Dillon Brooks, Dylan Ennis and sixth-man Chris Boucher all have Canadian roots. All of them have left the program after a historic Final Four appearance, but 2017-18 freshman Abu Kigab played alongside Barrett on Canada’s 2017 U19 Men’s Basketball World Championship-winning team. Oregon fans will have to hope that these connections are enough to land the best player in the 2018 class.
If Barrett chooses a different school, the Ducks still have a shot at landing a top-five player. Center Bol Bol is choosing between Oregon and Kentucky and is expected to make his decision any day now. Ending up with just one of these players would immediately put Oregon in contention for the 2018-19 NCAA championship, and landing both would mean the Ducks are recruiting at the level of some of college basketball’s most storied programs.
Combined, this is one of the biggest months in the history of Oregon athletics. Both football and basketball are recruiting at levels never seen before by their respective programs. By the end of the 2018 recruiting cycle, Oregon football and basketball could each have their greatest recruiting classes ever.