Spring football games are as much a recruiting showcase as they are about testing where the team is, seeing what holes need filling and areas that are developing. And Oregon, it seems, is taking the former quite seriously, hosting more than a dozen of its top recruits at the 2018 spring game on Saturday, April 21.
Not that one can blame the Ducks for placing so much effort into the recruiting side of things for their annual spring game. Last year, seven recruits committed to Oregon over the weekend, six of whom wound up signing. Their haul could be even bigger this year.
In attendance will be, perhaps most importantly, Kayvon Thibodeaux, the top recruit in the nation, a 6-foot-3 defensive end from Thousand Oaks, Calif. But also announcing their plans to attend are: 4-star quarterback Jayden Daniels, 4-star defensive tackle Jaquaze Sorrells, 4-star running back Sean Dollars, 4-star offensive lineman Jason Rodriguez, 4-star safety Noa Pola-Gates, 4-star athlete Cameron Williams, 3-star defensive back Mark Perry and 3-star cornerback Javin Wright.
Also in attendance will be a handful of 2020 recruits, including 4-star athlete LV Bunkley-Shelton and tight end Seth Figgins.
It’s an impressive cast for the first spring game under new coach Mario Cristobal, whose popularity with the players and fan base has been a boon for Oregon’s recruiting in the wake of Willie Taggart’s departure.