Oregon Recruiting: Uncertainty surrounding coaching staff results in decommitments

Oregon’s had better weeks in terms of recruiting and program stability.

Constant speculation surrounding Willie Taggart turned out to be true, as the coach bolted for Florida State this week. With him went a handful (5, to be exact) of hard commitments from prospects who decided to reopen their recruitment after Taggart left Eugene.

While the Ducks have rebounded with Friday’s hiring of Mario Cristobal as head coach, it’s yet to be seen how many of those recruits decide to again commit to the program of which Cristobal has been a part for the last year. Oregon’s 2018 class remains the best in the Pac-12, but has slid to the bottom edge of the top 10.

The Ducks will use the rest of the fall to bring in some of their final targets for official visits and try to recoup some losses sustained in the last week, with the hope of putting the finishing touches on an already strong group of high school seniors.

Here’s an update on where things stand for the  Class of 2018:

Where Oregon’s class ranks

Oregon’s 2018 class has 20 commits and is currently ranked  No. 9 in the country and  No. 1 in the Pac-12, according to 247Sports composite rankings. The Ducks have an average commit ranking of 89.45, which ranks second in the conference.

Latest Oregon recruiting headlines

In case you missed anything, here are the headlines from the last week:

Offers by the numbers

Reported offers: 252

5-star offers: 13

4-star offers: 133

In-state offers: 9

California offers: 44

Texas offers: 30

Florida offers: 64


Steve Stephens, 4-star, Edison (Fresno, Calif.)

WR  Warren Thompson, 4-star, Armwood (Seffner, Fla.)

Jevon Holland, 4-star, Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland)

OLB  Adrian Jackson, 4-star, Mullen (Denver)

DE  Malcolm Lamar, 4-star, Armwood (Seffner, Fla.)

QB  Tyler Shough, 4-star, Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.)

Steven Jones, 4-star, Chaparall (Temecula, Calif.)

RB  Jamal Elliott, 4-star, Hillside (Durham, N.C.)

Dawson Jaramillo, 4-star, Lake Oswego Senior (Lake Oswego, Ore.)

LB  Eli’jah Winston, 3-star, Central Catholic (Portland, Ore.)

CB  Verone McKinley III, 3-star, Hebron (Carrollton, Texas)

TE  Spencer Webb, 3-star, Christian Brothers (Sacramento, Calif.)

ATH  MJ Cunningham, 3-star, Madison (Portland, Ore.)

OLB  Andrew Johnson, 3-star, Tift County (Tifton, Georgia)

DE  Jonathan King, 3-star, Tampa Bay Tech (Tampa, Fla.)

Christopher Randazzo, 3-star, Don Luca (Chino, Calif.)

Justin Johnson, 3-star, Neumann Goretti (Philadelphia)

ATH  Teagan Quitoriano, 3-star, Sprague (Salem, Ore.)

DT  Mohamed Diallo, 3-star, Arizona Western College (Yuma, Ariz.)

RB  Travis Dye, 3-star, Norco (Norco, Calif.)

Top uncommitted targets

WR  Devon Williams, 5-star, Antelope Valley (Lancaster, Calif.)

ATH  Talanoa Hufanga, 4-star, Crescent Valley (Corvallis, Ore.)

ILB  Soloman Tuliaupupu, 4-star, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)

DE  Tyreke Smith, 4-star, Cleveland Heights (Cleveland)

WR  Jaylen Waddle, 4-star, Episcopal, (Belaire, Texas)

Position breakdown

Here’s a breakdown of the number of commits by position with DieHards’s projection of how many will be signed:

  • QB: 1/1 (Shough)
  • RB: 1/1 (Elliott)
  • TE: 1/2 (Webb)
  • WR: 1/2 (Thompson)
  • OL: 4/4 (Jones, Randazzo, Jaramillo, Johnson)
  • DL: 3/3 (Lamar, King, Diallo)
  • ILB: 0/0
  • OLB: 3/3 (Jackson, Johnson, Winston)
  • CB: 1/2 (McKinley)
  • S: 2/2 (Stephens, Holland)

Geographical breakdown

Here’s a breakdown of the number of commits by state:

  • Oregon: 4 (Jaramillo, Cunningham, Quitoriano, Winston)
  • California: 6 (Stephens, Holland, Jones, Webb, Randazzo, Dye)
  • Florida: 3 (Thompson, Lamar, King)
  • Texas: 1 (McKinley III)
  • Colorado: 1 (Jackson)
  • Georgia: 1 (A. Johnson)
  • North Carolina: 1 (Elliott)
  • Pennsylvania: 1 (J. Johnson)

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