A total of nine 4-star players sign with Oregon.

He was one of the first commits to the Oregon 2017 class, but it took a while but finally, Deommodore Lenoir, the 4-star defensive back from Bishop Mora Salesian HS in Los Angeles made it official by announcing on via Twitter that he was an Oregon Duck.

"I'm Officially Committed to the University of Oregon, Signed and Seal," Lenoir wrote in a Twitter message. 

Lenoir's story with Oregon has been a long one during the 2017 recruiting season. He first committed to former defensive backs coach John Neal back on June 23, 2016. He was part of The Opening, held on the Nike Campus in Beaverton and actively recruited other players. He appeared in @Jaylon Redd's commitment video, handing Redd an Oregon hat.

He was also friends with Redd's teammate at Rancho Cucamonga Southern California product, Thomas Graham along with Lenoir's teammate, Nick Pickett. The our formed a hashtag #ScoDucks. 

It looked as though Lenoir would be the leader of the pack when signing day came around, but with the uncertainty of the future of Oregon football after the loss to Oregon State on Nov. 26, 2016, things started to change. Lenoir was in the dark about what was going on so just a day before Helfrich along with Neal and the rest of the Oregon staff were fired, Lenoir opened up his recruitment.

Meanwhile, more people became aware of just how good Lenoir is as he played in the prestigious US Army All-America Game held in San Antonio in January.

Willie Taggart was hired and instantly instilled a new air of confidence around Eugene. One of the first things Taggart did was hit the recruiting trail. Normally, recruiting is a team effort, but in this case, Taggart was on his own as he the coaches he wanted to bring aboard were tied up with bowl games and it was nearing the dead period that keeps contact between coaches and players to a minimum. 

"It was hard because I was by myself," Taggart said of being one-man recruiting band. "It was really hard."

Eventually though Taggart hired Jim Leavitt and over the course in January, filled out the coaching staff. Recruiting for talented athletes is a goal and Taggart says getting the best football players in the country is the goal. The players also have to meet Taggart's strict standards of being good students and people.

Duck fans agonized with what Lenoir was going to do. Would he end staying in Southern California and heading to USC or UCLA? 

On Wednesday, the question was finally answered.

As it stands, Oregon now has nine 4-star players in the class of 24. The Ducks have moved up to No. 16 in Scout's rankings after hovering near No. 50 as the new year dawned.

Perhaps there is no better example of what the transition from the Mark Helfrich teams to the Willie Taggart teams will be than the recruitment of Deommodore Lenoir -- a player who always wanted to be a Duck, persevered and ultimately became one.


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