The first player who committed to play for Willie Taggart has left Oregon.
Darrian McNeal, a 5-foot-9 wide receiver who played in six games last year as a true freshman, “is not with the team and is no longer enrolled in school,” an Oregon spokesman confirmed Wednesday afternoon.
McNeal went through the first five practices of spring football with the team, but was absent when the Ducks returned from a three-week break Tuesday.
McNeal caught two passes for 10 yards and ran three times for 21 yards in limited action last season. He also worked as a punt returner in practice.
McNeal had two carries and one reception in Oregon’s opener, a 77-21 win over Southern Utah. He also had a catch against Utah and a four-yard run against Washington State.
Four days after Taggart was hired to replace Mark Helfrich on Dec. 7, McNeal flipped his commitment from Arizona to Oregon. That began a trend as defensive lineman Austin Faoliu, quarterback Braxton Burmeister and offensive lineman Cody Shear also switched from the Wildcats to Ducks before signing day.
McNeal, a three-star recruit from Armwood High School in Seffner, Fla., known to his teammates as “Pickles,” was the first of seven recruits from Florida in Taggart’s lone recruiting class with the Ducks.