March Madness is officially here, so college basketball has taken over the world of sports. Because of this, the year-long hysteria that is recruiting will take a back seat for the time being. This is fair, because most teams are going through spring training currently, and aren’t doing as much recruiting. Oregon, however, has remained active. Schools currently cannot talk to players face-to-face unless they are on campus, so Oregon used this opportunity to host several players on unofficial visits this weekend.
Last Weekend’s visitors
Oregon hosted a 3-star athlete over the weekend in Makai Polk. He’s currently not on a lot of people’s radar, but is an intriguing prospect. Polk stands tall at 6-foot-4, and weighs a respectable 185 pounds. He’s currently receiving interest from other PAC-12 schools such as Washington, California and Colorado. Polk isn’t expected to be an immediate game-changer by any means, but he seems to have the build to be a solid raw prospect.
The Ducks also aimed a little higher into the Top 300 with Jameson Williams. The 6-foot-2 wide-receiver ranks in the top 40 of his talent-heavy position. He is also the fifth ranked player from the state of Missouri on 247Sports.
Williams is one of the more sought-after players in the country. He has close to 45 offers, and it’s still pretty early in the recruiting process for 2019. 247Sports has Oregon listed as a “warm” potential candidate, but he’ll be a tough prospect to land. He’s being targeted by top-tier programs such as Alabama, Ohio State and Florida State.
The headliner of the weekend was quarterback Grant Gunnell. The top 100 overall recruit was committed to Texas A&M for months before decommitting just over a month ago. Now his recruitment is wide open and ready for teams to try and swoop in.
Gunnell is the number two pro-style quarterback in the country according to 247Sports, which puts him at the top of the big board for many teams. Oregon likely has Michael Johnson Jr. at the top of its own wish list, due to the high-rated dual-threat quarterback being the son of one of its own assistant coaches. Still, whenever a player like Gunnell comes along, it’s tough to pass up an opportunity to go after him.
Oregon offered four top-300 players in the last week. One of whom was the number two player from the state of Nebraska in Nick Henrich. Predictions seem to have him staying in the midwest and looking at schools in that area. However, Oregon’s improving defense and leadership at the linebacker position could be something that draw someone like Henrich in.
Other players that are expected to stay close to home are two top-100 recruits in cornerback Christian Williams and wide-receiver Devonta Lee. Williams is one of the top corners in the country, and is from Alabama, while Lee hails from Louisiana. The two will obviously look to see what options fit them the best, but with elite programs in their backyards, it is difficult to see either top recruit coming all the way to Eugene.
An offer also went out to another Alabama native, the top kicker in the country, Will Reichard. He’s another unlikely get for Oregon, as he grew up watching the Crimson Tide and could potentially play a huge role for the program. Like Oregon, Alabama has had its share of issues with kicking over the years, so it wouldn’t be surprising if Nick Saban goes all out to get Reichard.
Much closer to Oregon is another athlete in Casey Kline. Kline has the size to play all over the field at 6-foot-4, 210 pounds. So far, most of his interest has come almost entirely from PAC-12 schools. He seems likely to stay on the west coast, which could either be good news or bad news for the Ducks. Oregon would love to have him on the team, but he does not seem like a player anyone would want to have line up against every year.