One thing new coach Mario Cristobal promised when he was introduced as Oregon’s head coach was that he would compete to land 4- and 5-star talent from all over the country. So far he’s delivered.
With a recent string of commitments, the Ducks have vaulted atop the Pac-12 recruiting rankings for 2019. They’ve already received commitments from 10 prospects for 2019, including 5 four-star players. Washington, USC and Colorado are next on the list and each has one 4-star recruit.
Additionally, the Ducks now rank 11th in the 247Sports team composite rankings for 2019.
Cristobal and staff have been able to make huge strides on the defensive side of the ball, landing a game-changing talent at linebacker with 4-star Mase Funa. He is the No. 38 overall player in the class.
Right behind him, the Ducks have landed a core of their future secondary with 4-star cornerbacks Jeremiah Criddell (No. 46 overall) and MyKael Wright (No. 40 overall) pledged to Oregon. Wright committed on Wednesday.
“I visited a couple of times as well and love the campus. I was there for the spring game and then went back again a couple of weeks ago,” Wright told Duck Territory’s Matt Prehm. “I have a great comfort level there and love the chance to get in and play early. Growing up, I always liked Oregon with the uniforms and style of play and it feels great to have this decision behind me.”
Oregon is also doing its business by building relationships with one of the best high school football programs in the country: Mater Dei in Santa Ana, Calif. Of the Ducks five 4-star commits, four attend the school — Funa, Criddell, Sean Dollars, the nation’s No. 1 ranked all-purpose running back and defensive tackle Keyon Ware-Hudson.
There’s no doubt as more and more high-profile players sign on with the Ducks that Cristobal will find it much easier to attain his goal of establishing Oregon as one of the powerhouse programs on the West Coast and in the country. The pieces are already in place.