Oregon interim football coach Mario Cristobal will get a chance to make an impression upon eight key recruits when they visit campus this weekend, as reported by 247 sports.
The group with include 4-star quarterback Tyler Slough of Hamilton high school in Arizona. Slough met with former Ducks coach Willie Taggart as recently as Monday. Slough has said he remains committed to Oregon despite Taggart’s departure.
From 247sports: “Other commits on campus this weekend include: 4-star linebacker Eli’jah Winston, 4-star safety Jevon Holland , 4-star safety Steve Stephens , 3-star linebacker MJ Cunningham , 3-star linebacker Andrew Johnson, 3-star cornerback Verone McKinley III , and 3-star junior college defensive tackle Mohamed Diallo .”
DuckTerritory.com also reported that 4-star offensive line commit Dawson Jaramillo will be on campus for an unofficial visit.
It’s a key time for the Ducks to lock up their current commits as Taggart’s departure has already led some recruits to change their minds.
“The Oregon Ducks have lost their fourth verbal commitment in less than 24 hours. Miles Battle, a 4-star WR from Houston, Texas, announced on Wednesday morning that he would be opening up his recruitment.
“Due to recent events, and not knowing where certain coaches will land; my family and I have decided it is best that I explore all my options because this more than a 4 year decision,” Battle said, per his Twitter.”
Battle committed to the Ducks in July and attended a game for an unofficial visit this fall and was scheduled to visit the Ducks next weekend.
Oregon had the No. 6 recruiting class in the country before Taggart accepted the job at Florida State. The Ducks had 24 commitments, including 13 4-star players. However, the Ducks have lost commitments from 4-star ATH Braden Lenzy, 4-star CB Isaiah Boldenand 4-star TE Michael Ezeike in the last 24 hours.
Cristobal has already made a solid impression on some current Ducks
Taggart? Um, not so much.
247sports also reported a update on the coaching search, one that will include an interview with Cristobal.
“I am told Oregon AD Rob Mullens has made two interviews already for the head coaching job, and I believe one of those is Mario Cristobal . I expect Jim Leavitt to get an interview, but I don’t expect Leavitt to get the head coaching job. He’s expected to go to Florida State.”