Class of 2023: Oregon Ducks
First year head coach Dan Lanning finished 9-3 in the regular season and has the Ducks ready to play against North Carolina in the Holiday Bowl on December 28th.
On the recruiting trail, Oregon has been one of the most aggressive teams in the country and has put together a class that currently ranks No. 1 in the PAC-12 per 247Sports and No. 12 overall in the country.
With 24 verbal commits from a combined 14 different states, let’s take a look at some the Duck’s top pledges and where things stand with some of their top remaining targets.
Note: All individual player rankings, star ratings, class rankings, etc. will be based on the 247Sports composite rankings.
Detroit (Mich.) Martin Luther King five-star quarterback Dante Moore is the headliner and rightfully so after committing to Oregon back in early July over offers from Michigan, Notre Dame, LSU, Texas A&M, and many others.
The Ducks lost offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham, who was Moore’s primary recruiter, at the end of November who left to become Arizona State’s head coach. Now, after a surprise official visit to UCLA this past weekend, there is a lot of uncertainty as to who Moore will ultimately end up signing with during the early signing period.
Moore is the No. 11 prospect in the 2023 class, No. 5 quarterback in the country, and No. 1 player in the state of Michigan.
Menlo Park (Calif.) Menlo-Atherton five-star wide receiver Jurrion Dickey is the other prized recruit that is currently committed to the Ducks after coming off the board in early May over offers from Georgia, Miami, Penn State, Tennessee, USC and others.
Despite attempts from other schools to try and flip Dickey or get him to take an official visit, he has remained solid with Oregon.
Dickey is the No. 15 prospect in the 2023 class, No. 2 wide receiver in the country and No. 3 player in the state of California.
Oregon has also been active in the transfer portal so far adding two commitments so far. The first was former Iowa linebacker Justin Jacobs and then former Alabama wide receiver Traeshon Holden also announced his intentions to transfer to Eugene.
A trio of Oregon’s top remaining targets that they are still hoping to land prior to signing day also happen to be five star prospects as well.
The prospect the Ducks might have the best shot at signing is Katy (Tex.) Paetow five-star defensive lineman David Hicks who is currently committed to Texas A&M. Hicks has taken two trips to Eugene within the last month and it’s clear he is very interested in what they have to offer. Hicks is going to be back in College Station this weekend.
Hicks is the No. 9 prospect in the 2023 class, No. 1 defensive lineman in the country, and No. 2 player in the state of Texas.
Des Moines (Iowa) Southeast Polk five-star offensive tackle Kadyn Proctor has been committed to the hometown Iowa Hawkeyes since late June, but that didn’t stop him from taking an official visit to Oregon in November. Like with Hicks, proximity to home might be tough to beat for the Ducks, but that won’t stop Dan Lanning and the rest of his staff from making their best pitch.
Proctor is the No. 12 prospect in the 2023 class, No. 2 offensive tackle in the country, and No. 1 prospect in the state of Iowa.
The final player I wanted to mention was Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco five-star EDGE Matayo Uiagalelei who is down to a final three of Oregon, Ohio State, and USC.
Uiagalelei has had a lot of interest in the Ducks for a majority of his high school career after his older brother, DJ, was also heavily recruited by Oregon’s previous coaching staff. This seems to be a tight race that will come down to very end with things being kept quiet for the most part until a decision is made publicly.
Uiagalelei is the No. 31 prospect in the 2023 class, No. 5 EDGE player in the country, and No. 4 player in the state of California.
Things are certainly going to be interesting for Duck fans between now and the 21st when the early signing period begins.
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