4-star CB Jahlil Florence takes last-second visit to Eugene before choosing between Oregon and USC

Jahlil Florence will be picking between Oregon and USC on Monday. The 4-star CB’s late trip to Eugene seems notable.

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4-star CB Jahlil Florence announced earlier in the week that he would be making his final decision between the Oregon Ducks and the USC Trojans next Monday at 2 p.m. PT on CBSSports HQ. It’s been clear for a while now that those two schools were in the driver’s seat to land this elite recruit, but hard to see how either team would get a leg up in the race.

Then, late on Thursday night, a tweet from Florence might have shown that the momentum is with the Ducks. Florence announced that he was in Eugene for a final visit with Oregon before making his decision. There were rumors early in the week that the Lincoln CB, who ranks as the 11th best at his position in the nation, might be coming to Eugene, but nothing confirmed.

The visit to Oregon is huge for the Ducks, simply because it gives them one last chance to sell Florence on the program before he makes his decision. Earlier in the month, Florence announced that he would not be taking any more visits before National Signing Day, spurning schools like Miami in the process. The fact that he now turned around and came to see Oregon one last time is notable, and the fact that it leads right into his announcement coming on Monday is certainly a big deal.

He hasn’t committed just yet, and there is still some time until he makes his decision, but if you are an Oregon fan hoping that Florence ends up as a Duck next week, this is certainly something to celebrate.

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2023 5-star QB Nico Iamaleava Jr. takes visit to see Oregon Ducks

5-star QB Nico Iamaleava Jr. is in Eugene to see the Ducks this weekend. Iamaleava ranks as the No. 4 QB in the 2023 recruiting class. Big visit.

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One of the top national prospects in the 2023 recruiting class is in Eugene for the weekend visiting the Oregon Ducks on a recruiting trip before the dead period comes and shuts things down a week from now.

5-star QB Nico Iamaleava Jr. who ranks as the No. 4 QB in the 2023 class and the No. 17 player overall, according to 247Sports, is a 6-foot-5, 195-pound passer who is among the most coveted players in next year’s recruiting class. He currently has a load of Power 5 offers, including Ohio State, Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Notre Dame, Texas A&M, USC, and many others.

Iamaleava Jr. will join a slew of other highly-rated recruits in Eugene this weekend, taking a look around the facilities and hearing the recruiting pitch from head coach Dan Lanning. While we likely won’t hear a commitment from him any time soon, the fact that he is taking a visit to the Ducks is certainly a big deal.

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Dana Altman and the Ducks are playing with fire in ESPN’s latest Bracketology

The Ducks are dangerously close to missing the NCAA Tournament. With the mountain road trip coming up, there is zero room for error.

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A week ago, the future of the Oregon Ducks men’s basketball team looked bright as the team was enjoying an upward trend that included wins over No. 3 UCLA and No. 5 USC, both of which came on the road. They had finally turned their season around and looked to be safe from being on the wrong side of the NCAA Tournament bubble, likely projecting to get into March Madness as one of the last 4 teams at the very worst.

Then came a loss at home to a mediocre Colorado Buffaloes team. That certainly let a bit of the air out of the balloon and had the chance to pop Oregon’s bubble.

In his latest version of Bracketology, ESPN’s Joe Lunardi looked at the landscape of college basketball and predicted what the bracket would look like should the season end today. The Ducks, who were safe in the last version of Bracketology, are now way too close to the edge for comfort. Lunardi has Oregon as the ‘Last Team In’ to the tournament.

Of course, you’d rather be part of the ‘Last Four In’ rather than the ‘First Four Out,’ but when you’re that close to the door, it makes every game a playoff game in essence, and the Ducks can’t afford any more stumbles.

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That makes the upcoming stretch for Oregon even more important than it already was. On Saturday, they will host the Oregon State Beavers, whom they beat 78-76 just a couple of weeks ago, and then they make the incredibly difficult “Mountain Road Trip” to face Colorado in Boulder, and Utah in Salt Lake City. The Ducks have never defeated the Buffaloes on the road, going 0-10 when playing Colorado in Boulder.

If they want to keep their postseason hopes alive, it’s going to take some perfect basketball over the next month, and there’s no room for error. That starts this coming week with some of the toughest games on the schedule.

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Oregon Ducks WBB postpones Friday’s game vs. UCLA Bruins

Friday’s game between the Oregon Ducks and UCLA Bruins has been postponed. Oregon is still scheduled to play USC on Sunday as of now.

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The Oregon Ducks women’s basketball team announced on Thursday night that the upcoming game against the UCLA Bruins, which was scheduled to be played on Friday night at Matthew Knight Arena, has been postponed.

The press release from Oregon did not specify a reason for the postponement, but just said that “additional information will be announced at a later date.”

Friday’s game against UCLA was going to be the second of a three-game stretch in 5 days for the Ducks, who are still scheduled to play the USC Trojans at noon on Sunday in MKA. The Ducks are currently on a five-game winning streak that featured upset victories over both No. 7 Arizona and No. 11 UCONN a week ago.

Assuming that everything stays on course, we can expect to see Kelly Graves and his squad back on the course on Sunday afternoon as they continue their run towards March.

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4-star RB Jordan James sets date to announce decision between Oregon, Georgia and Florida

4-star RB Jordan James has set the date for announcing his decision between Oregon, Georgia, and Florida.

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We are less than a week away from National Signing Day now, and as highly-rated recruits get ready to make their decisions on which schools they will be attending to play ball for in the fall, a few are letting it be known when and where they will be announcing next week.

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For Jordan James, a 4-star running back out of Tennessee who has been verbally committed to the University of Georgia since last spring, we now know when he will be making his final announcement. 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong reported on Thursday afternoon that James will be picking between the Bulldogs, Oregon Ducks, and Florida Gators live on CBSSports HQ next Wednesday at 9 a.m. PT.

James is the No. 13 RB in the 2022 class, according to 247Sports, and the No. 162 player overall. He has been on a pair of official visits to Eugene over the past month and came away very impressed with what Dan Lanning is building with the Ducks. The 4-star prospect is reportedly taking a visit to Florida this coming weekend, and then will be set to make his decision next week on signing day.

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Justin Flowe, Noah Sewell touted as Oregon’s biggest strength headed into 2022 season

If you pair Dan Lanning with Noah Sewell and a healthy Justin Flowe, Oregon’s defense could be elite in 2022.

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As we look ahead to the upcoming 2022 college football season, people are trying to get a feel for how good their team will be while many across the landscape have experienced a major change in both coaching staff and roster makeup over the past month.

Though the start of the season is still months away, ESPN recently took a look at their preseason top-25 and highlighted a main area of strength that fans should be excited about going forward, For the Oregon Ducks, who enter the offseason ranked at No. 12, it is the defense that should be the biggest reason for excitement. More specifically, how new head coach Dan Lanning is going to utilize the abundance of talent at the linebacker position.

Even following Kayvon Thibodeaux’s departure for the NFL, the Oregon defense has a chance to improve next season with the arrival of new coach Dan Lanning. At Georgia, Lanning coordinated an all-time great defense, and in Eugene he’ll have a talented group to work with, especially at linebacker. Noah Sewell is a possible preseason All-American and if he’s paired next to a healthy Justin Flowe, the Ducks could have arguably the best ILB pairing in college football. Mase Funa will also return, having been a major contributor at outside linebacker the past three seasons.

One of the biggest “what-ifs” for the Ducks over the past two seasons has been the health of Justin Flowe, who missed almost the entirety of both seasons that he’s spent in Oregon thus far. When on the field, Flowe has looked like one of the best linebackers we’ve ever seen in Eugene, totaling 14 tackles in Week 1 against Fresno State last year. However, a knee injury and foot injury have hindered his ability to see the amount of playing time that we all hope for him.

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Should he be able to stay healthy in 2022, then his pairing with Noah Sewell could be exactly what ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura said it could be: “arguably the best ILB pairing in college football.”

You give that group to Lanning, the former Georgia defensive coordinator who has orchestrated some of the nation’s best defenses over the past few years in Athens, and it could be a tantalizing combination.

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4-star DL Gracen Halton announces de-commitment from Ducks after Oklahoma visit

After taking a visit to Oklahoma recently, 4-star DL Gracen Halton has announced his de-commitment from the Ducks.

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A longtime Oregon Ducks commit in the 2022 class, 4-star DL Gracen Halton, has announced that he will be de-committing from the Ducks just a week before National Signing Day.

Halton recently took a visit to the Oklahoma Sooner, and there has been some buzz that he might be considering a flip to Brent Venables’ squad before NSD.

This is a tough blow for the Ducks on the recruiting front, who are trying to build back up a class that was decimated after the departure of Mario Cristobal back in December. A bunch of recruits will be coming to Eugene to see the campus this weekend and meet with the coaches one more time before making their decisions. We will see if it leads to any commitments in the coming days.

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Report: 4-star CB Jahlil Florence to decide between Oregon and USC on Monday

You’re going to want to tune in to CBSSports HQ at 2 p.m. on Monday. 4-star CB Jahlil Florence is going to be announcing his decision between Oregon and USC.

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According to a new report from 247Sports national recruiting analyst Greg Biggins, arguably the biggest prospect on the Oregon Ducks’ recruiting radar will be making his final decision on Monday afternoon, shown live on CBSSports HQ.

Jahlil Florence, a 4-star CB who ranks as one of the top uncommitted players in the 2022 class, has announced that he is down to a decision between the Ducks and the USC Trojans. Florence, who ranks as the No. 72 prospect nationally, was previously committed to the Ducks but backed off of that after the departure of Mario Cristobal.

Dan Lanning and Oregon have been recruiting him hard in the interim, with Lanning Facetiming the elite prospect in the minutes after winning the national championship game with the Georgia Bulldogs. The Ducks also showed up at Florence’s door for an in-home visit at 12:01 AM as soon as the recruiting period opened.

We will see if that effort paid off on Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. PT.

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Pair of 5-star Oregon signees, Chance Gray and Grace Vanslooten, named to McDonald’s All-American team

Add both Chance Gray and Grace Vanslooten to the list of McDonald’s All-Americans who have signed with the Oregon Ducks. So much talent coming in the 2022 class.

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Both the men’s and women’s McDonald’s All-American teams were announced on Tuesday afternoon, and a number of future Oregon Ducks were included.

Namely, both Chance Gray and Grace Vanslooten were named to the All-American team. Gray and Vanslooten both committed to Kelly Graves and the Ducks midway through last year, and then made it official by signing with the Ducks late in the fall.

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Gray is a 5-foot-9 guard from Lakota West High School who picked Oregon over the likes of Ohio State, Louisville, UCLA, and Arizona. She is rated by ESPN as the No. 2 point guard in the country.

Vanslooten comes from IMG Academy and is the No. 13 prospect in the 2022 class. She is a five-star prospect who stands 6-foot-3 and is the 4th-ranked forward in the nation. She chose the Ducks over schools like Gonzaga, LSU, Arizona, Baylor, Duke, and UCLA.

The Ducks also learned on Tuesday that Kel’el Ware, a 7-foot center, was named to the men’s McDonald’s All-American team as well.

The 2022 McDonald’s All-American game will take place on March 29 in Wintrsut Arena.

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3 Oregon Ducks ranked in PFF’s best returning players for 2022 season

According to PFF, Dan Lanning has some core pieces to work with in 2022, with 3 Ducks being named among the best-returning players in the nation.

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With all the comings and goings associated with this current Oregon Duck football off-season, it’s easy to pass by the fact that Oregon has some very special players still on the roster and ready to take off to the next level under head coach Dan Lanning.

Three Ducks were recently named by Pro Football Focus as among those top returning players among their respective positions. Two are those three are on the defensive side of the ball, which should make Lanning relax just a tiny bit as Oregon will face Georgia of all teams in the 2022 opener.

Here are the players that PFF thinks Oregon fans should be excited about:

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There were a lot of questions surrounding the Oregon offense in 2021 from the quarterback play, wide receiver depth, and Travis Dye having to step up in CJ Verdell’s absence due to injury. But there weren’t many questions concerning the offensive line, despite the mixing-and-matching along the front with bumps and bruises.

Those five up front, whichever five players were able to take the field, managed to plug away and help Dye to a career season and protect mobile quarterback Anthony Brown. Returning on that line in 2022 will be senior TJ Bass, who PFF rated as a Top 30 overall player in the nation. This is what they had to say about Bass:

Bass pivoted from guard to tackle midway through his 2021 campaign. While the 2020 top-25 ranked JUCO recruit experienced some volatility in pass protection, his standout run-blocking remained. Bass finished with a 90.5 run-block grade for the 2021 season and ranked top 30 among all Power Five offensive linemen regardless of position in negatively and positively graded run play rate — the latter is something only four others accomplished for the year. And it’s not like Bass was a liability in pass protection, either, as he allowed only 14 pressures en route a 74.0 pass-blocking grade for the season.

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