The Ducks didn't have a lot of action on Wednesday's National Signing Day but that doesn't mean there weren't fireworks. Oregon surprised many and grabbed the commitment of Calera (Ala.) defensive tackle Jayson Jones, flipping the prospect from a long time Alabama commitment.
The lone commitment or the Ducks came on Wednesday afternoon when Jones put on an Oregon hat at his high school. Jones' flip to the Ducks comes after the prospect took his official visit to Eugene in January and then was visited this past weekend by a heavy contingent of Oregon coaches. Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal, defensive line assistant Joe Salave'a, offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead and special teams coordinator Bobby Williams all went in-home with the four-star defensive line recruit to secure the flip.
Oregon finished the 2020 cycle with 22 total signees, including three five-star prospects. It's the first time in school history that the Ducks have signed more than one five-star in a single class. Oregon received the signatures of the nation's No. 1 and No. 2 inside linebackers Justin Flowe and Noah Sewell in December plus added the commitment of five-star Dontae Manning in early January, though the prospect secretly signed in December.
Oregon's class drew plenty of national buzz with the Ducks finishing with the No. 1 class in the Pac-12 for the second straight year in a row. Here's a look at what the national media is saying about Oregon's recruiting class after national signing day.
"The Ducks were already locked into the best class in the Pac-12 after a fruitful December, which included three five-star prospects and adds more immediate-impact talent to a program poised to take another step forward after a recent Rose Bowl win. Wednesday brought another weapon in four-star defensive tackle Jayson Jones, a former Alabama verbal commitment with ample ability to produce as a freshman." (read more)
CBS Sports listed the Pac-12 as one of their losers of the 2020 February signing period but Oregon was exempt from the rest of the conference.
"USC didn't make any noise on Wednesday, and we didn't expect it to do so, but 54th in the country and the worst recruiting class in school history has infiltrated the rest of the Pac-12 as well. No Pac-12 program snuck into the top 10, only three landed inside the top 25, and there's a general lack of excitement conference wide on the recruiting trail. We'll give Oregon, Washington and Arizona State a pass on that critique for now as the three that look the most invested in competing at the highest level in recruiting." (read more)
"Oregon isn’t getting everyone – losing QB DJ Uiagalelei to Clemson hurt – but now the classes that used to be very, very good, are very, very good with a few five-star types helping take the classes to great. It helps a bit to be in the Pac-12. This year’s class is fantastic, but it’s not quite as strong as Georgia’s, or Florida’s, or LSU’s, or Alabama’s – it’s a holding-serve class for the SEC. In the Pac-12, in a year when USC just didn’t do much of anything after it’s outstanding 2019 class – and when Chip Kelly is recruiting to a type at UCLA, and with Washington going through a coaching change – this latest class cements Oregon as the star of stars for the next few years." (read more)
"Oregon finished with the top-ranked class (No. 12) in the Pac-12 for the second straight year. The Ducks are the only non-USC Pac-12 team since 2002 to lead the conference rankings in back-to-back cycles." (read more)
"5-star linebacker Justin Flowe, the No. 6 overall recruit in this year's class, is the headliner. He's going to get instant playing time, and Cristobal signed fellow 5-star 'backer Noah Sewell to give him perhaps the nation's best tandem in this year's class. 5-star cornerback Dontae Manning could also start in a deep, loaded secondary. He gets the slight nod over 4-star quarterback Jay Butterfield, but don't discount Butterfield's chances of beating Tyler Shough for the starting job." (read more)
“All I know is how we do things, and we do things a certain way. It’s at a really high pace and high energy level. I can’t tell you what’s going on on the outside, but I can tell you we’re getting better and better at it. To be able to sign the top class in the conference two years in a row, and haul in a couple top 10 classes, this is groundbreaking stuff for Oregon. I know that we’re just scratching the surface. We feel we can do a better job in the coming years.” (Read More)
"The Ducks didn’t REALLY need to do anything on Wednesday. They had already snared one of the biggest names in all the land back in December, in five-star LB Justin Flowe, cementing a successful cycle. That they then added to the defense (again) by flipping four-star DT Jayson Jones from Alabama on NSD, well that’s just a sweet bonus. The Ducks finished out with the top recruiting class in the Pac-12 and has some ferocious defenders set to make Eugene the conference’s Mordor." (read More)
"Oregon may have not matched last year's ranking status (7th), but this team is loaded. In a tough geographical fix, the Ducks were able to pull from 13 other states hitting California the hardest (7). The staff weathered some high-profile four-star deflections to sign 22 total players, including three five-stars. Head coach Mario Cristobal wants Oregon to be rugged in the trenches, which shows in this class with five offensive and defensive linemen signed." (read more)
"Oregon might be the best longterm bet, considering how well Mario Cristobal has done in the Pac-12 (and how well he has recruited California)." (read more)
“I knew coming out here after being at Alabama that Oregon is one of those brands where you can go anywhere in the country and have an opportunity at any prospective student-athlete. The reception has been incredible, particularly after the Pac-12 Championship Game and after the Rose Bowl win. Momentum is strong, and we’ve got to work harder. We’ve got to keep grinding at it and identify the right guys. We certainly feel the momentum and trajectory are going in the right direction.” (read more)