As the 2016-17 college football season is in full effect, official visits for the 2017 recruiting class are heating up to nab some of the nation’s best high school talent. Over the past few weeks, the Oregon Ducks have hosted some of the top prospects, and this week will be no different.
However, heading into this weekend, the Oregon Ducks are hosting a mix of offensive and defensive prospects including a top-notch wide receiver, tight end, defensive end, and a linebacker. So, let’s take a look at these four prospects as we head into this weekend.
1. Oliver Martin
A U.S. Army All American prospect on the Ducks’ radar is top wide-receiver Oliver Martin. The four-star wide receiver is currently ranked number one in the state of Iowa and 261 overall nationally. Martin was originally scheduled to visit Oregon during the game against Virginia, but unfortunately that didn’t work out.
Although, it seems that Michigan and Michigan State are favored to land Martin, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, BYU, Oregon, and Iowa may still be in the hunt. If Oregon’s explosive offense impresses Martin this weekend, his interest in the Michigan schools could begin to fade away, allowing Oregon to pick up their first wide-receiver commitment in the 2017 recruiting class.
2. Sampson Niu
An inside linebacker in the 2017 recruiting class, Sampson Niu has been committed to the Duck’s for quite some time. Niu is currently a three-star recruit who is ranked 18 among all inside linebackers and 404 overall nationally.
Although Niu has received prestigious offers from Michigan, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Ole Miss, and many other programs, he has stayed true to his commitment to the Ducks (which came June 22). Niu’s visit to Autzen Stadium this weekend should serve as just another reminder of the fortunes of being a Duck, while also helping recruit some of the other prospects visiting.
3. My-King Johnson
Another top prospect that has been on the Oregon Ducks’ radar is three-star defensive end, My-King Johnson. Johnson is currently ranked 81 at his position and 1,799 overall nationally.
Although being heavily recruited by Oregon, Arizona, and Arizona State, My-King, has been quiet about his recruiting interest. However this could change if his visit goes well on Saturday. If Johnson commits to the Ducks’ after this weekend, he would certainly compliment the other impressive defensive end commit Langi Tuifua.
4. Josh Falo
One of the top tight ends in the 2017 recruiting class, Josh Falo has piqued Oregon’s interest and could be the next big offensive player to commit. Falo is currently a four-star prospect who is ranked 16 in the state of California and 151 overall nationally. Besides Oregon, Falo has listed Alabama, Auburn, Colorado, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska, Texas A&M, UCLA, and USC among his top ten schools. However, the Sacramento native is rumored to have placed Oregon as his overall favorite. But can newly promoted Offensive Coordinator Matt Lubick, convince him to commit to Oregon come National Signing Day?
So there you have it, a quick rundown of the four prospects that Oregon is hosting this weekend. Let’s hope that the Ducks come away with an impressive win against Colorado on Saturday to aid in Oregon’s recruiting campaign, while helping to position them back into the top 25.