Ore­gon gets boost to No. 12 re­cruit­ing class

Antelope Valley Press - - SPORTS - By JOHN MAR­SHALL

Ore­gon locked up most of its stel­lar re­cruit­ing class dur­ing the De­cem­ber early sign­ing pe­riod.

The Ducks got a huge boost on na­tional sign­ing day — lit­er­ally.

Jayson Jones, a 6-foot-6, 340-pound de­fen­sive line­man, an­nounced Wed­nes­day he signed with the Ducks af­ter ini­tially com­mit­ting to Alabama.

Jones, from Calera, Alabama, opted not to sign with the Crim­son Tide in De­cem­ber to ex­plore his op­tions. He de­cided the best one was to play for Mario Cris­to­bal in Eugene.

“The jour­ney has been long, 3 years to be ex­act,” Jones said on Twit­ter. “It’s been a lot of fun, but every­thing comes to an end. I’ve done a lot of med­i­tat­ing, pray­ing and I’ve made my de­ci­sion. I will be at­tend­ing the Univer­sity of Ore­gon.”

Com­ing off a Rose Bowl vic­tory over Wis­con­sin, the Ducks pulled in the na­tion’s No. 12 re­cruit­ing class, ac­cord­ing the 247Sports com­pos­ite.

Ore­gon has three five-star re­cruits — lineback­ers Noah Sewell and Justin Flowe, cor­ner­back Don­tae Man­ning — and seven four-star re­cruits.

Jones’ late switch bol­sters the

Pac-12’s top re­cruit­ing class, giv­ing Ore­gon an­other top-level de­fen­sive player to go with the three five-star re­cruits.

“Mas­sive hu­man be­ing, knock-kneed with length and bulk,” 247Sports di­rec­tor of scout­ing Barton Sim­mons said. “Re­ally ef­fec­tive as a space eater in high school. Dif­fi­cult to move. Nim­ble and ath­letic for a big-bod­ied kid. Ca­pa­ble of col­laps­ing the pocket when he wants to. Has the length to dis­rupt throw­ing lanes.” HERM’S TOUCH Even when Ari­zona State was crit­i­cized for hir­ing former NFL coach and TV an­a­lyst Herm Ed­wards three years ago, there wasn’t much doubt the lo­qua­cious coach would be able to re­cruit.

Ed­wards and the Sun Devils had an­other solid re­cruit­ing run in 2019-20, land­ing the na­tion’s 24th re­cruit­ing class and fourth in the Pac-12. Ari­zona State signed a pro­gram-record 10 top-100 re­cruits and had a su­perb re­cruit­ing year in Cal­i­for­nia, land­ing 12 play­ers from the neigh­bor­ing state.

“Home base is Ari­zona. First base is Cal­i­for­nia,” co-de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor and re­cruit­ing co­or­di­na­tor An­to­nio Pierce said. “We did hit a home run in Cal­i­for­nia.”

The Sun Devils got a boost on Wed­nes­day’s sign­ing day, when tight end Jake Ray flipped on his com­mit­ment to UNLV to head to the desert.

STUM­BLING TRO­JANS

South­ern Cal­i­for­nia was once one of the top re­cruit­ing pro­grams un­der former coach Pete Car­roll.

The Tro­jans slipped this year un­der Clay Hel­ton, land­ing a 13-player class that was 54th na­tion­ally and 10th in the Pac-12.

USC has no five-star re­cruits and just two fourstars: re­ceiver Gary Bryant, Jr. and of­fen­sive line­man Jonah Mon­heim. The Tro­jans also did not sign a quar­ter­back, but should be in good shape with Ke­don Slo­vis com­ing back.

STAN­FORD’S LATE ADDS

Stan­ford coach David Shaw had a strong re­cruit­ing class go­ing through the early sign­ing pe­riod in De­cem­ber and bol­stered it on na­tional sign­ing with the ad­di­tion of four play­ers.

The Car­di­nal signed of­fen­sive tackle James Po­gorelc, de­fen­sive end Lance Kene­ley, safety Scotty Ed­wards and de­fen­sive tackle Zephron Lester on Wed­nes­day to com­plete a 26-player re­cruit­ing class.

The class that in­cludes six four-star play­ers is No. 21 na­tion­ally and third in the Pac-12.

“Adding some guys we were hop­ing on,” Shaw said. “Some of the guys we knew were com­ing, some we got some good news in the last week and a half or so.”

UTAH’S RECORD

HAUL

Since join­ing the Pac12 in 2011, Utah had never fin­ished higher than 33rd na­tion­ally.

Coach Kyle Whit­tingam changed that his year, sign­ing a class that in­cludes four four-star re­cruits and was 29th na­tion­ally.

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