Big Haul for Ducks
The state of Texas has been a place Oregon has hit hard the past decade.
One of their finest running backs of all-time, Lamichael James, is from Texas and the quarterback the first time the Ducks played for a national title, Darron Thomas, was also a Lone Star State native.
Oregon added two more Texas natives in the last week, though their recruitments were just a tad different than James and Thomas.
First, longtime Ohio State commit Tristen Wallace out of DeSoto (Texas) flipped his commitment to the Ducks after visiting UCLA officially and flying quickly up to Eugene.
Then on Tuesday, Montana State quarterback Dakota Prukop opted for the Ducks over Alabama, the second straight year Oregon is getting a grad transfer from the Big Sky after the roaring success that Vernon Adams had for the Ducks this fall. Prukop will have one year to play for Oregon after starting the past two years for the Bobcats.
Prukop prepped at Austin (Texas) Vandegrift before going to Montana State, the first player out of Vandegrift HS to sign as a scholarship football player in the schools short history.
While he's not from Texas, Oregon also picked up a verbal from the state of Florida, getting three-star receiver Eddie McDoom.
The Ducks also landed a commitment from offensive lineman Samuelu Poutasi from Las Vegas (Nev.) Desert Pines. Poutasi's brother, Jeremiah, is a former four-star lineman who played at Utah and is now a Tennessee Titan teammate of Oregon legend Marcus Mariota.
At the same time, the Ducks did lose a commitment from Seth Green, who's been in Allen (Texas) for the last year, but is originally from Minnesota. Green looked like he'd be leaving the Ducks class for a while and made it official last weekend, flipping to Minnesota and signing early enrollment papers with them this week.
The Champs Still No. 1
The Pac-12 champs continue to stand atop the Pac-12 Recruiting Rankings for 2016.
1. Stanford (7)
2. Oregon (13)
3. UCLA (15)
4. Arizona State (22)
5. USC (26)
6. Washington (36)
Lancaster (Calif.) Paraclete four-star athlete Melquise Stovall will announce his decision on Monday in advance of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
The former USC commit visited California over the weekend and the Bears left a big impression on Stovall.
USC grabbed its first 2017 commitment under new head coach Clay Helton and picked up their fourth verbal in the 2017 class when Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman four-star safety Bubba Bolden committed to USC earlier in the week.
Pac-12 Recruiting News and Notes
-Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary's 2017 two-way lineman Popo Aumavae continues to stay hot, adding his third Pac-12 offer in the last two weeks, this one from childhood favorite Oregon. The Ducks followed Washington and Utah in offering Aumavae in December and he previously had offers from Colorado, UCLA and San Diego State.
-Washington State went down in to the Sunshine State to get a receiver verbal from Isaiah Johnson from Palm Beach (Fla.) Dwyer. The Cougs also picked up a verbal from La Verne (Calif.) Damien offensive lineman Liam Ryan.
-Arizona flipped longtime Utah commit Kahi Neves from Salt Lake City (Utah) Brighton. Neves was committed to Utah as a quarterback but will play linebacker for the Wildcats.
-Several Pac-12 schools signed JC prospects this week, Arizona State landing the highest-rated JC prospect in the conference in Victor Valley (Calif.) College defensive end Dougladson Subtyl. Check out the Scout 100 JUCO Rankings.
National Recruiting Analyst Greg Biggins contributed to this notebook