Oregon coach Mario Cristobal and his aggressive staff signed the highest-ranked recruiting class in program history and the most-star studded group in the Pac-12 in 2019.
Now one member of the #CaliFlock that got away — elite cornerback prospect Chris Steele of Bellflower, Calif. — will also being flying with the Ducks.
Steele, who entered the NCAA transfer portal last week after participating in spring practice at Florida, announced he is transferring to Oregon for the upcoming season.
The 6-foot, 175-pound star from St. John Bosco High is rated as a five-star recruit by Rivals, which previously ranked Oregon’s incoming class No. 7 nationally, one spot ahead of Florida.
“I now know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have everything I’ve ever wanted. I have learned the secret of being content,” Steele posted on social media Tuesday. “In any and every situation, I can do all things through GOD who gives me strength...Ready to get to Eugene and ball!”
Steele will be the 12th California recruit from the 2019 cycle to join the Ducks. Five-star defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux of Westlake Village, Calif., ESPN’s No. 1 overall prospect, and four-star cornerback Mykael Wright of Lancaster, Calif., are already enrolled at Oregon and participated in spring practice.
“Two of the best DBs from Cali linking up in Eugene!!” Wright posted on social media.
According to reports, the issues for Steele at Florida began when he complained to the coaching staff about his roommate, quarterback Jalon Jones, who was accused of sexual battery by two women in April.
Steele’s request to change dorm rooms was not granted, which led to his decision to transfer. A late plea by Florida coach Dan Mullen wasn’t enough to change his mind.
If Steele is granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA, which is possible considering the circumstances surrounding his transfer, he will push Wright and returning starters Thomas Graham and Deommodore Lenoir for playing time this season.