The NCAA has extended the current recruiting dead period in all sports through July 31.


But Oregon’s 2021 football class is starting to come to life.


Moliki Matavao, a four-star tight end prospect from Henderson, Nev., verbally committed to the Ducks on Wednesday.


The 6-foot-6, 240-pound Matavao chose Oregon over his other finalists — Georgia, Penn State, Tennessee, UCLA and Washington.


Coach Mario Cristobal and his staff now have nine known commitments in the cycle.


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The Ducks also have non-binding pledges from quarterback Ty Thompson of Gilbert, Ariz., wide receiver Kyron Ware-Hudson of Santa Ana, Calif., athlete Seven McGee of Corona, Calif., defensive end Terrell Tilmon of Mansfield, Texas, linebacker Keith Brown of Lebanon and offensive linemen Jonah Miller of Tucson, Ariz., Bram Walden of Scottsdale, Arizona, and Jackson Light of Draper, Utah.


Oregon’s class, which was ranked 21st nationally before the addition of Matavao, is now 14th in the 247Sports team rankings.


The NCAA has not allowed in-person recruiting activities, including campus visits, since mid-March due to the COVID-19 health crisis.


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