Recruiting visits are on hold, but verbal commitments are still allowed.
Oregon added four-star quarterback Ty Thompson to its 2021 class when the Arizona native announced on Monday his decision to join the Ducks.
The 6-foot-4, 200-pounder is a four-star recruit according to both 247Sports.com and Rivals.com. Thompson also had offers from Arizona State, Arizona, California and Boise State, as well as national champion LSU.
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Thompson threw for 4,074 yards and 45 touchdowns last season while leading Mesquite High School in Gilbert, Ariz., to a Class 4A state title. He also ran for 562 yards and six scores.
Thompson is listed as the top recruit in the state by The Arizona Republic.
"I think he's going to fit in great," Mesquite coach Scott Hare told the Arizona Republic. “He's a big, strong kid. Big and athletic, as well. They've got a new offensive coordinator. How he'll fit in with that, I'm not sure. Because Ty has a strong arm, can throw in the pocket, he can make all the throws, that's the number one thing. He proved last year he also can win games with his legs. That combination is rare. He's a pocket passer who can extend on the edge."
Thompson took an unofficial visit to Oregon last week before the NCAA instituted a dead period for in-person recruiting and advised schools to suspend all official and unofficial on-campus recruiting visits though at least April 15. Coaches can still call, text or write recruits.
Thompson is likely the only quarterback the Ducks will sign in next year’s class, with four other quarterbacks possibly on campus when he joins the team in 2021.
Tyler Shough will be a redshirt sophomore next season and Cale Millen will be a redshirt freshman. True freshman Jay Butterfield joined the Ducks in time for spring practices, which were put on hold last week.
True freshman Robby Ashford is slated to arrive in the fall to play football and baseball for the Ducks. However, he could be selected in the Major League Baseball draft and sign a pro contract in that sport.
Oregon’s 2021 recruiting class is once again listed among the Top 10 nationally in early rankings with six commitments so far. Guard Josh Simmons, wide receiver Kyron Ware-Hudson, linebacker Keith Brown, center Jackson Light and running back Seven McGee have also made a pledge to the Ducks.