The Oregon Ducks received a big verbal commitment from Temple High School star running back Lache Seastrunk this afternoon, a development that gave the organization its first five-star recruit since former-Duck Jonathan Stewart signed in 2005, and we all know how that turned out.
That said, Oregon is in line for its best recruiting class since, well, possibly ever.
With the Seastrunk commitment, the Ducks have moved up from 20th to 13th in Rivals.com's recruiting class rankings, and fnishing is the top 10 is a legitimate possibility.
I'm sure I speak for all Oregon fans when I say that I couldn't be more excited to see how Chip incorporates LaMichael James, Kenjon Barner, and the player who owns possibly the coolest name in all of college sports.
It will be a crowded backfield, that's for sure—but I'm more than happy to make room for a player who has been called "the next Reggie Bush" due to his outstanding speed and agility.
After Bryce Brown's last-second change-of-heart last season, I was ready for anything with Seastrunk, but Sports Illustrated saved us from any last-minute tension by reporting the Texas running back's decision an hour before the official announcement.
Speaking of last-minute changes-of-heart, there are several big-name players still on the Ducks radar, especially since the USC flood gates opened with Pete Carroll's departure to Seattle last week.
As if Oregon didn't already have enough Texas running backs (LMJ, Seastrunk and four-star recruit Dontae Williams ), there might be another one on the horizon.
Josh Huff , a four-star from Chester W. Nimitz High School just outside Houston, has been committed to TCU since early December, but apparently is still strongly considering Oregon. He runs a 4.4 40—I like.
Ironically, former-Oregon recruit Ethan Grant decommited from Oregon for TCU because of his friendship with Huff.
Moving on, in case you forgot, there are positions out there other than running back.
Gabe King , a four-star defensive end who once was considered a lock for Oregon (he even moved from across the country to attend South Eugene High School), has been wavering on his decision, so much so that Chip Kelly and his staff might have given up on him.
King has officially ruled USC out and is now choosing between Oregon and Cal. I've heard differing reports that say he will end up at either school.
Out of nowhere, Tennessee commit Kenbrell Thompkins took a visit to Eugene last weekend and has yet to make a decision. The four-star JUCO (sophomore) wide receiver from El Camino High School is also considering Cal.
Unfortunately, four-star DE Owamagbe Odighizuwa , out of Portland's David Douglas High School, eliminated Oregon from his list this week, instead replacing them with Oregon State—although the Portland Tribune article that broke the news seemed a little sketchy.
Oregon still has an outside chance for a pair of four-star defensive tackles: Ricky Heimuli and Bjoern Werner . Also, don't rule out defensive back Erick Dargan and WR Anthony Jefferson . Both are very highly rated and have Oregon on their final lists.
At this point, Oregon fans should be more than satisfied with the current class, while any other late additions—with the official signing day a week from today—should be considered gravy.
Now the only bad news with such a good recruiting class: We won't get to see them in action at Autzen for another eight months.
The good news: It will be worth the wait.
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