When Canton Kaumatule committed to Oregon, he may have been the best high school player in 2015, was rated 5-stars by Scout.com.
Riding high on the success of both Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner, both first round NFL draft picks and both now with the San Francisco 49ers, it was thought that Kaumatule with his 6-7, 290 frame would be the natural successor to the defensive line.
However, that was not to be as Kaumatule faced nagging injures which resulted in limited playing time. Ultimately, Kaumatule never reached the expectations of many fans and observers.
This is not the first loss this season to the defensive line via the medical retirement route. Ratu Mafileo, another highly anticiapated lineman from Hawaii (like Kaumatule) also retired leaving a void on the Oregon line that has struggled all season in stopping the run.
Irconically, it is also the most recent 5-star recruit who has come to Oregon that failed to completely pan out. Thomas Tyner a former 5-star running back in 2013 retired in 2015, although he did make significant contributions and his postion at running back was well stocked with NFL-potential talent.
A pair of 2010 5-star high school players,running back Lache Seastrunk and tight end Curtis White never played a down for Oregon. Seastrunk was the centerpiece in of recruiting viotations that eventually cost Oregon penalties. Seastrunk left Oregon after his redshirt freshman year and is now competing for a spot on with the Dallas Cowboys. White mediacally retired.