After admittedly coming up short of wide receivers in his first recruiting class as Oregon’s head football coach, Mario Cristobal is adding depth at that position down the road.
Four-star receiver Lance Wilhoite became the third receiver to commit to Oregon’s 2019 recruiting class on Thursday. Wilhoite, who plays at Franklin Road Academy in Nashville, Tenn., made the announcement during a Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge in Atlanta on Thursday.
“Ever since I have been up there on my official (visit), the treated me like family,” Wilhoite told Rivals.com. “Everybody from the coaching staff showed me love unconditionally.”
Wilhoite said UO wide receivers coach Michael Johnson visited him more than any other coach during the recruiting process.
“That showed me a lot because I was obviously important to him,” Wilhoite said. “Him coming to see me and me showing the same love and going out there to see it for myself, it changed my whole mind. Early playing time, a lot of stuff plays into that, so it was a great decision for myself.”
Oregon signed four receivers in 2018, but Jalen Hall left the team in spring and the Ducks have yet to clarify his status as he remains listed on the roster. Wide receiver Darrian McNeal announced he would transfer following his freshman season.
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Wilhoite is ranked as the No. 34 recruit in his class and No. 5 wide receiver by Rivals. He is ranked No. 116 overall and 22nd at his position by 247Sports.com.
Wilhoite picked Oregon over Miami, Louisville, and Ohio State.
Wilhoite is the 14th player to announce he will join the Ducks’ recruiting class, joining two other wide receivers. Oregon also has commitments from four-star Josh Delgado of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. and three-star JR Waters of Oxnard, Calif.
Oregon suffered a setback in recruiting Wednesday when Marques Caldwell, a three-star cornerback from Alvin, Texas, announced he would rescind his commitment to the Ducks.
“One of the harder decisions I’ve made in my life,” Caldwell posted on Twitter. “The Ducks are absolutely amazing … but as of now I will be decommitting from the University of Oregon and reopening my recruitment.”
Caldwell was the first player to commit to Oregon’s 2019 class, but the Ducks have since added four=star cornerbacks Mykael Wright and Jeremiah Criddell out of California.