In his first appearance as Oregon Football head coach, Mario Cristobal fell short but shortly after, he introduced the 2018 recruiting class and things may start to look up. According to 247Sports, the 2018 class is ranked number 13 in the country.
|Steven Stepens||S||Fresno, CA|
|Tyler Shough||PRO||Chandler, AZ|
|Jevon Holland||S||Oakland, CA|
|Adrian Jackson||OLB||Denver, CO|
|Dawson Jaramillo||OT||Lake Oswego, OR|
|Steven Jones||OG||Temecula, CA|
|Jamal Elliot||RB||Durham, NC|
|MJ Cunningham||ATH||Portland, OR|
|Christopher Randazzo||OT||Chino, CA|
|Haki Woods||CB||Tucson, AZ|
|Travis Dye||RB||Norco, CA|
|Andrew Faoliu||WDE||Santa Ana, CA|
|Sione Vea Kava||DT||Monterey Park, CA|
|Karsten Battle||LS||San Antonio, TX|
Even though this is the first round of signees there are defiantly some stand outs.
First, Quarterback Tyler Shough from Chandler, Arizona. Cristobal explains that Shough has a lot of similar traits compared to UO starter Justin Herbert. He previously was committed to North Carolina, but Oregon reached out to him a few months later. Shough’s mother grew up in Springfield which helped persuade Tyler to go for a visit.
Next, we have Jamal Elliott, a running back from Durham, North Carolina. Despite sitting out almost his whole senior season, Elliott had his heart set on being a Duck from the start. ESPN ranked him in the ESPN 300 and gave him a scout grade of 82.
Lastly, we have UO legacy three-star defensive lineman Andrew Faoliu from Santa Ana, CA. Things were quiet for him when it came to recruiting, but after his amazing senior season, things took off. Faoliu had offers from Arizona, Illinois and others. Right off the bat, when he heard he got a scholarship offer from Oregon, he was all about it.
Duck fans can’t get there hopes up yet. This recruiting class is only half way there. With the announcement of Willie Taggart leaving, it took a huge impact on the 2018 recruiting class. Cristobal has been working hard to keep things in order despite Tre’Shaun Harrison decommitting from Oregon.
Cristobal announced that associate head coach and defensive line assistant Joe Salave’a, defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt, and offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo will be returning with new contracts lasting them through 2020. A week later, he offered assistant coaches MJ and Heyward through the 2019 season.
Cristobal has only been on the job for about a month now and he has been on non-stop visits to homes so he can be prepared for traditional signing day in February.