Over the past two-plus weeks, Oregon has landed five verbal commitments, driving the total number of players among the 2015 class to nine. The newest commit came on Monday from Columbia (Mo.) Rock Bridge wide receiver Alex Ofodile.
Derek Young has the breakdown of what the Ducks are getting in the 6-foot-3, 190-pound four-star prospect.
Ofodile is the first prospect Oregon has landed out of the Midlands this year and the first wide receiver, but likely will not be the last for either. Currently, eight of the nine Oregon commits line up on the offensive side of the ball with cornerback Jihree Stewart drawing the distinction as the only current defensive commit. But that could change soon.
More on the way? —
A number of Ducks targets have set decision dates as The Opening approaches on July 7.
All eyes will be on four-star Anaheim (Calif) Servite quarterback Travis Waller on July 1. The 6-foot-5, 185-pound dual-threat prospect picked up an offer from Oregon on June 21 and the Ducks are hoping that after a couple of near misses, they'll finally find their man behind center for 2015.
The Ducks have had eyes on Waller all spring, but didn't put on the full court press until other targets Brady White, Kyler Murray and Blake Barnett had committed elsewhere. Waller recently placed Oregon is his Top 4 along with Northwestern, Ohio State and Notre Dame. He will be taking part in the Elite 11 Finals in Beaverton shortly after making his decision.
Three-star Beaumont (Tex.) Central cornerback James Locke III will also announce on July 1, giving Oregon a shot at continuing their current hot streak by landing two talented prospects in one day. Locke visited Oregon on a west coast swing that also saw him check out Stanford and UCLA. He has a solid relationship with the Ducks coaching staff and said spending time with them was the highlight of his unofficial visit. The Ducks recently landed in his Top 10.
Speaking of The Opening, four-star San Leandro (Calif.) DB Stephen Johnson III will make a decision at the camp on July 8. The 6-foot, 180-pound prospect is considering Oregon, UCLA, Arizona State and Cal. Johnson has yet to visit Eugene or Westwood, but told Scout.com's Greg Biggins that he's basing his decision off of the relationship he has with the coaching staffs.
Last year, Oregon landed talented four-star San Antonio (Tex.) CB Arrion Springs at The Opening. Can they make it two years in a row and boost their defensive numbers in the process?
Ducks in the lead for five-star DE —
Oregon is the clear leader for five-star Seffner (Fla.) defensive end Byron Cowart according to an Amy Campbell report. Cowart will take an official visit to Oregon in the fall and states in the article that he and top defensive end CeCe Jefferson want to be a package deal at the next level.
The aggressive and explosive Cowart would be a huge prospect for the Ducks to land on the defensive side of the ball, possibly even bigger than the early verbal commitment of Georgia running back Taj Griffin. Landing both would without a doubt be the steal of the class.
Oregon has yet to offer Jefferson, but the five-star prospect likes them and said in a separate report that he'll likely ride out the process until National Signing Day.