Oregon’s torrid recruiting stretch continued on Friday evening when four-star defensive end Malcolm Lamar offered his verbal commitment to play in Eugene next season.
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Lamar’s offer sheet is an extensive one, including the likes of SEC powers Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU and Mississippi State, although Oregon is the lone Pac-12 program to extend an offer to the Armwood High School defensive end.
“I told my Mom I needed to see this place soon,” Lamar told 247Sports. “Oh man, the visit was unreal. The facilities, the campus, the stadium, I really enjoyed it. I really liked it. I fell in love with Oregon.”
Lamar will not be the only member of his family from the Class of 2018 to land in Eugene. His cousin, Armwood receiver Warren Thompson, offered his verbal commitment to Oregon in mid-June.
“I was talking with Warren about Oregon and he was telling me all these things about Oregon and how nice it was, so I figured I should give them a look,” Lamar told 247Sports. “I had been talking with the coaching staff for awhile, but it wasn’t serious. It got serious about I would say a month or so.”
The Ducks have now received eight verbal commitments in the past seven days, an auspicious start to Willie Taggart’s tenure as Oregon’s coach. Scout.com has Oregon ranked No. 1 in recruiting for the Class of 2018, with 12 four-star recruits populating its list.
“It was the people inside the building,” Lamar told 247Sports. “That’s what I think I really liked the most. Willie Taggart and his staff, they are good people. Every Power 5 school has great facilities or great uniforms, but at Oregon, I felt the best with their staff. They take care of you. I know if I am going out there I am going to be loved. With my cousin going there, the other Florida kids, and then the staff it will be nothing but love.”