A year ago, Mario Cristobal was making his debut as Oregon’s head coach at the Las Vegas Bowl.
The timing of the game, which is played during the final recruiting weekend before the new early signing period, was as bad as the Ducks’ lackluster performance during the 38-28 loss to Boise State.
As this year's Las Vegas Bowl between Fresno State and Arizona State is going on Saturday, Cristobal will be hosting a list of talented recruits.
Oregon’s coaching staff is looking to solidify a top-10 class before shifting the focus to facing Michigan State in the Redbox Bowl on Dec. 31 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
“We consider it the state of Oregon because of proximity, and so much of our roster has been built up through California recruiting, northern and southern,” Cristobal said of playing in a postseason game in the Golden State. “So we’re really excited for the families to come on out. …
“To have them come out and support us is a really big deal. Our alumni base is tremendous and large. We expect a strong showing by our people.”
Oregon has a strong showing on the recruiting trail south of the border so far, with 10 of the 19 players verbally committed to the program in this cycle hailing from California.
Kayvon Thibodeaux of Westlake Village, Calif., will announce his decision live on ESPN during halftime of Saturday’s New Mexico Bowl. The five-star defensive lineman prospect is considering Alabama, Florida, Florida State and Oregon.
“It is a lot rainy out there, and I’m not really a rainy guy, being from Southern California. But I felt something in my heart that I could deal with,” Thibodeaux told USA Today of the Ducks making his final four. “Coach Cristobal, he’s a great guy, and coach Joe Salave’a, he’s a great D-line coach. He’s one of the best D-line coaches I’ve seen. Personally, he’s a great guy, he’s great people. It’s a great atmosphere.”
Oregon is also making a pitch at Ishmael Sopsher of Amite, La., to leave SEC country for the Pacific Northwest. The five-star defensive tackle is among the small army of recruits visiting Eugene this weekend.
Offensive lineman Joey Capra de-committed after his older brother, backup offensive lineman Jacob Capra, announced he was transferring from Oregon on Dec. 5. Safety Jeremiah Criddell, who also withdrew his pledge to Cristobal and Co., is reconsidering during his official visit to the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex.
The Ducks’ class is currently ranked No. 7 nationally by Rivals and 247Sports.
Oregon Ducks 2019 commitments
Malaesala Aumavae-Laulu | OL | 6-7/345 | Corsicana, Texas
Elijah Blades | CB | 6-2/170 | Pasadena, Calif.
Trikweze Bridges | DB | 6-3/175 | Lanett, Ala.
Josh Delgado | WR | 5-11/181 | Bradenton, Fla.
Sean Dollars | RB | 5-10/185 | Santa Ana, Calif.
Ge’mon Eaford | LB | 6-0/217 | Deerfield Beach, Fla.
Mase Funa | LB | 6-2/245 | Santa Ana, Calif.
Patrick Herbert | TE | 6-5/225 | Eugene
Treven Ma’ae | LB | 6-4/240 | Las Vegas
Cale Millen | QB | 6-4/190 | Snoqualmie, Wash.
Mycah Pittman | WR | 5-11/195 | Calabasas, Calif.
Suaava Poti | DT | 6-3/285 | Bellflower, Calif.
Jonah Tauanu’u | OL | 6-5/317 | Harbor City, Calif.
Isaac Townsend | DE | 6-6/235 | Arvada, Colo.
Keyon Ware-Hudson | DT | 6-2/305 | Santa Ana, Calif.
JR Waters | WR | 6-3/185 | Oxnard, Calif.
Lance Wilhoite | WR | 6-2/186 | Nashville, Tenn.
Jayvaun Wilson | ATH | 6-2/210 | Valencia, Calif.
Mykael Wright | CB | 5-11/180 | Harbor City, Calif.