All is relatively quiet on the Oregon campus following Monday’s graduation ceremonies.
But the steady hum of football recruiting never stops inside the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex.
“We’re rolling strong,” coach Mario Cristobal said during a recent interview. “The quarter system provides kind of a little break in the middle of the summer. I don’t know if that’s good or bad, I’m not used to it, but we’ve really worked ourselves to the point where we can manage that and come back and finish strong before we start camp.”
The team, including most of the expected newcomers, will return to Oregon for summer classes and workouts beginning next Monday.
In the meantime, the coaching staff continues to assemble a 2019 recruiting class that now includes 12 known verbal commitments and is ranked 11th nationally by 247Sports.
In a three-day span last week, defensive end Isaac Townsend of Arvada, Colo., wide receiver JR Waters of Oxnard, Calif., and defensive tackle Suaava Poti of Bellflower, Calif., announced their intentions to play for the Ducks.
At one point last summer, Oregon had the nation’s top-ranked class. But before the early signing period in December, Willie Taggart took the Florida State job, resulting in several touted recruits ending up in Tallahassee and elsewhere.
Cristobal still signed the No. 16 class in 2018. The coaching staff, a blend of Taggart assistants and new hires, seems to have regained the momentum on the recruiting trail.
“I think the neat thing after being here a year, you learn a lot about Eugene, you learn a lot about the institution, especially academically,” Cristobal said. “I think what I learned quickly, and what a lot of visitors realize, is that there’s no place like Autzen. So when they come into town and there’s a game going on, even the spring game, and they see the unbelievable passion and the energy of our fan base, it’s a game changer. Families, players, they want to be around that.”
The Ducks have non-binding pledges from six four-star prospects — cornerback Mykael Wright (No. 35 overall prospect nationally), Sheldon High tight end Patrick Herbert (quarterback Justin Herbert’s younger brother) and four players from California prep powerhouse Mater Dei (linebacker Mase Funa, cornerback Jeremiah Criddell, running back Sean Dollars and defensive tackle Keyon Ware-Hudson).
Oregon’s class is currently ranked No. 1 in the Pac-12.