Oregon received a verbal commitment Friday night from wide receiver Troy Franklin, who is considered one of the top five wide receivers in the class of 2021.
The 6-foot-2, 170-pound Franklin is preparing for his senior season at Menlo-Atherton High School in California. The four-star recruit from the Bay Area picked the Ducks over Alabama, Washington and Arizona State.
"This is the moment everybody has been waiting for, so lets make it happen," Franklin said on an Instagram Live announcement of his decision. "I will be taking my talents to the University of Oregon."
Committed ! let’s get it !!!!!!! . (Sorry for the late post ) pic.twitter.com/F5BqdFUz5R— Troy Franklin (@TroooyyyyyyTroy) June 13, 2020
Franklin is ranked as the No. 2 wide receiver in the nation and No. 31 overall recruit by 247Sports.com. Rivals lists him as the fifth-best wide receiver and No. 24 overall recruit.
Franklin is the 13th player to commit to Oregon’s upcoming recruiting class that is ranked No. 8 in the country by 247Sports.com and Rivals. He joins four-star recruit Kyron Ware-Hudson as wide receivers in the class.
"I think they’re doing something special up there with their program," Franklin told The San Jose Mercury-News.
Yovan will return to baseball team
Oregon pitcher/designated hitter Kenyon Yovan announced Friday night on Twitter that he will return to Oregon next season as a redshirt junior.
"PK Park 2021," was the message from Yovan that went along with video highlights of him pitching and hitting.
Yovan will likely be a two-way player for the Ducks next season after earning all-Pac-12 honors on the mound as a freshman and sophomore before being named an all-American at designated hitter last season.
PK Park 2021 pic.twitter.com/d9FREZrcpC— Kenyon Yovan (@kenyonyovan21) June 13, 2020
Yovan, who was drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 32nd round out of Westview High School in 2016 and was taken by the Los Angeles Angels in the 27th round in 2019, went undrafted this year. He could have signed as a free agent with a maximum signing bonus of $20,000, but instead will return to the Ducks.
Yovan is 7-5 with a 2.93 ERA, 20 saves and 135 strikeouts in 120 innings with the Ducks. He batted .429 with four homers in 15 games before last season was cut short due to COVID-19.
Yovan sat out a redshirt season in 2019 and received an extra year of eligibility for last season, giving him two years of eligibility remaining with the Ducks.
Oregon also bolstered its pitching rotation by adding transfer Caleb Sloan from TCU, according to Kendall Rogers of D1baseball.com. Sloan was an all-freshman pick in the Big 12 for the Horned Frogs in 2018 when he was 3-0 with a 4.60 ERA in 20 relief appearances.
The 6-foot-3 right-hander missed the last two seasons following Tommy John surgery and will have three years of eligibility with the Ducks.