Four-star defensive end Bryson Young verbally commits to the Oregon Ducks on Sunday

Even with a second consecutive home loss, Oregon had something to smile about on Sunday from a recruiting perspective

Four-star Clovis (Calif.) Buchanan defensive end/outside linebacker Bryson Young has verbally committed to Oregon. Young announced his decision on Twitter on Sunday morning. 

"Can't wait to put in work and help the Ducks get back on track," he said in a tweet shortly after announcing his commitment.

Young spoke with eDuck on Sunday afternoon and said that one of the chief reasons he picked Oregon over a school like UCLA, for example, was the way the coaching staff remembered him when he visited. 

"I went to (UO's) summer camp last year in 2014," he said. "The fact that they were able to remember me from that — remember what I was wearing and everything — that says a lot as opposed to whenever I went to UCLA. I went there three times in one month and only my position coach and the head coach recognized me. Now at Oregon every single coach recognized me, knew my name, knew my parents names. That says a lot right there."

Young took an official visit to Oregon two weeks ago when the Ducks were walloped by the Utah Utes and actually made his commitment to the coaching staff while on the trip. 

"I didn't let it get out because I wanted time to think about what I should do," he said. "Originally my plan was to announce my commitment after my season here. But I've been watching Oregon's games the last couple of weeks, especially yesterday, so I just felt like it was right just let people know that there's a really good class coming in next year that's going to be huge for Oregon next year."

Excited to be a part of what he views to be an impactful class coming in, Young also gave his honest opinion about the current Ducks defense, a unit that currently ranks 120th out of 128 FBS programs in total defense and has surrendered over 38 points per game and nearly 500 yards of offense through six games. From his perspective they're definitely in a slump but he feels like it's happening for a reason. 

"They've been struggling defensively definitely this year and it started showing a little bit last year," he said. "They did lose a lot of great players last year. But at the same time a lot of those guys are seniors and I feel like some of them have kind of let off the gas a little bit.

"I was talking to the coaches and practically all of the linebackers are seniors and they're going to be gone and everything. There's a huge opportunity for a lot of guys coming up. They have the longest tenured staff. They've been through worse situations so I know for sure that they're going to be able to fix whatever is going on."

When he arrives at Oregon, he'll start out as an outside linebacker but could fill his 6-foot-5, 220-pound frame out in the weight room and become a defensive end. Young said he feels comfortable and either position, but his tendencies on the field lean toward more of a linebacker. 

"This season I've been playing a lot of defensive end," he said. "But even then I feel the need to stand up and kind of play like an outside backer does."

Young is a top five prospect at his position in the West region and a member of the Scout 300. On film, he displays good speed and effective tackling and is a presence at either at either position. That versatility will help add depth to a front seven that has shown improvement in recent weeks, highlighted by seven sacks on Luke Falk on Saturday. 

Young becomes the 15th Oregon verbal commit from the 2016 class and the fourth commit to occupy a position on the front seven. He is the seventh player with at least a four-star ranking to commit to UO during this recruiting cycle. 


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