As the Ducks work aggressively to rebuild their football program, many of the nation’s top prospects have taken notice and believe they could help strengthen the Oregon program.
Over the past few weeks, the Ducks have hosted some of the nation’s top talent. And coming into this weekend, the Ducks are hosting the best mix of prospective offensive players, including two top-notch wide receivers, an Oregon tight end commit, and an offensive tackle.
So, let’s take a closer look at the seven prospective players who are scheduled to make an official recruiting visit to Eugene this weekend.
1. Austin Jackson
A U.S. Army All American prospect on the Ducks’ radar is one of the nation’s top offensive tackles Austin Jackson. The four-star offensive tackle is currently ranked number one in the state of Arizona and 34 overall nationally.
Although, it seems that USC is favored to land Lewis, Texas A&M, Arizona State, and Oregon may still be in the hunt. If Oregon’s explosive offense impresses Jackson this weekend, his interest in USC could begin to fade away, allowing Oregon to pick up their third offensive tackle commitment in the 2017 recruiting class.
2. Tre’ McKitty
While attending “The Opening” in July, Oregon target, Tre’ McKitty announced his commitment to the Ducks. McKitty is currently a three-star recruit who is ranked 18 among all tight ends and 478 overall nationally.
Although McKitty received offers from schools like Georgia, Florida, Texas A&M, Ohio State, and many others alike, the Bradenton native decided that Oregon was the best fit for him. McKitty’s visit this weekend should firm up his commitment, while encouraging other prospects to pledge their allegiance to Oregon.
3. K.J. Hamler
Another top prospect that has been on the Oregon Ducks’ radar is four-star wide receiver, K.J. Hamler. Hamler is currently ranked 43 at his position and 314 overall nationally.
After tearing his ACL early in the season, Hamler began to be heavily recruited by Oregon and Michigan State, but it seems like Spartans may have the upper hand in his recruitment. However this could change if his visit goes well on Saturday. If Hamler commits to the Ducks’ after this weekend, he would be the first wide receiver commitment in the 2017 recruiting class.
4. Isaiah Hodgins
One of the top wide receivers in the 2017 recruiting class, Isaiah Hodgins has piqued Oregon’s interest and could be the next big offensive player to commit. Hodgins is not only one of the fastest rising prospects, but is also in the top 50 among his position. He is currently a four-star prospect who is ranked 33 in the state of California and 309 overall nationally.
Besides Oregon, Hodgins is being heavily recruited to Washington State, Nebraska, and Oregon State. However, the Walnut Creek native is rumored to have placed Oregon as his overall favorite. But can the Ducks’ convince Hodgins to commit to Oregon this weekend, adding to an already impressive recruiting class?