Spring practice is finally here for Oregon football. The team conducted the first of its 15 practice sessions on Wednesday. Spring football will end after the team has its annual scrimmage on April 21.
Like the practice sessions, very few freshman are expected to play in the spring game. Oregon fans will have to wait until fall to see how the majority of the 2018 class stacks up with the rest of the roster. However, apart from the disastrous Las Vegas Bowl, spring football will provide the first look at the team under new head coach Mario Cristobal.
Another notable aspect of the spring is a quiet period in football recruiting from Feb. 9 to April 14. This means that coaches are not allowed to have face-to-face conversations with a recruit unless they are on the University’s campus. Coaches are allowed to contact recruits in other ways, so there is still some news to report in the world of football.
New football offers
Oregon found itself dipping its feet in former head coach Willie Taggart’s recruiting grounds when it offered Tye Edwards last Thursday. The Ducks will have their work cut out for them, as the 3-star Florida native is being heavily recruited by in-state schools as well as Texas A&M, Alabama and Georgia.
Oregon decided to go after another defensive player when it offered 4-star linebacker Nick Henrich. He’s far from a shoe-in for Oregon — in fact, it will be a long shot for the team to land him. Being from Nebraska, he is mostly considering other midwestern teams. Henrich would be a huge get for the Ducks program, as he’s among the top ten at his position.
A recruit that Oregon is considered likely to land is Marist Liufau. The Ducks are recruiting him in one of their comfort zones: Hawaii. Liufau is on the lower end of the spectrum of recruiting rankings, but the coaching staff is confident he can contribute at the next level.
Oregon basketball offers elite recruit
As many are aware, things have been hectic in the world of college basketball. Recent reports from the FBI investigation implicated Sean Miller and Arizona. As a result, Arizona has lost its entire 2018 recruiting class. One Wildcats decommitments was 4-star point guard Brandon Williams.
Williams committed to Arizona back in June, and that wasn’t expected to change when he signed his letter of intent in November. The allegations surrounding the Wildcats, however, changed every aspect of his recruitment. Arizona, which has been a hotbed for top prospects over the years, suddenly saw all of its commitments go up for a fire sale. Oregon missed out on Shareef O’Neal, who committed to UCLA, but it hopes to not miss on Williams.
Williams is a top-ten point guard in the country, and number 31 overall on 247Sports. It’s seeming like Oregon has a fighting chance of landing him. The Ducks currently have the number two overall recruiting class in the country, so landing another top prospect would place Oregon firmly in the conversation as a favorite to claim the 2019 NCAA Championship.