Life is pretty good for Dabo Swinney these days.
After collecting his second national championship ring coaching Clemson, once again at the expense of Nick Saban and Alabama in the College Football Playoff title game, Swinney recently signed a 10-year, $93 million contract extension.
The Tigers’ rich recruiting class got richer with DJ Uiagalelei, the top-ranked 2020 quarterback prospect, choosing Clemson over Oregon on Sunday.
Uiagalelei is expected to wait his turn for one season behind Clemson’s current quarterback prodigy, Trevor Lawrence, who isn’t eligible for the NFL draft until 2021.
Oregon coach Mario Cristobal and offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo will likely focus their recruiting efforts at the position on four-star quarterback Jay Butterfield, a 6-foot-6, 226-pound prospect from Brentwood, Calif.
Redshirt freshman Tyler Shough and true freshman Cale Millen will have the advantage of studying behind Justin Herbert during the projected first-round NFL draft pick’s senior season with the Ducks ahead of the program’s 2020 quarterback competition.
“(Shough) has so much pride in his work and he’s got a guy like Justin that is always there to teach him,” Cristobal said after the spring game. “I think it’s also a credit to coach Arroyo for working with him and bringing him along in the system.
“Cale was banged up earlier in the spring and certainly didn’t get the amount of reps we would like for him to get. But we feel very confident in him as well as a guy who is going to enter the fall camp and compete for that backup spot as well.”
Uiagalelei had a chance to meet former Oregon quarterbacks Marcus Mariota and Jeremiah Masoli during the spring game, but Swinney’s star power had already won the day.
“There were a lot of reasons why I chose Clemson,” Uiagalelei told 247Sports. “Like I’ve said before, I felt a spiritual connection with the entire coaching staff and especially coach (Dabo) Swinney when I first visited back in June.”
Clemson’s 2020 recruiting class is ranked No. 1 nationally. The addition of Uiagalelei gives the Tigers the same number of committed five-star recruits (four) as the rest of the top-10 has collectively.
Oregon still has the highest-ranked class in the Pac-12 and is No. 15 overall at this point in the cycle with seven non-binding pledges (five four-stars, two three-stars).
Four-star wide receiver Kris Hutson, a teammate of Uiagalelei’s at St. John Bosco in Bellflower, Calif., committed to Oregon during his visit for the spring game.
Oregon Ducks 2020 verbal commitments
Seth Figgins | TE | 6-6/225 | Westlake Village, Calif.
Luke Hill | CB | 5-11/180 | Baltimore
Kris Hutson | WR | 5-11/175 | Bellflower, Calif.
Peter Latu | LB | 6-4/225 | Spanaway, Wash.
Jaden Navarrette | ATH | 6-3/235 | Norco, Calif.
Myles Slusher | S | 6-0/181 | Broken Arrow, Okla.
Avantae Williams | S | 5-11/170 | Deland, Fla.