With just over a week until National Signing Day and fresh off landing a big fish, who does Oregon football need to make sure signs with the Ducks?
It’s been quite the year for Oregon football, going from top-10 team to unranked and then back to Pac-12 champions (thanks to Washington dropping out of the title game) and invitees to the Fiesta Bowl. The New Year’s Six bowl didn’t do the Ducks any favors, though, as Iowa State ran right through Oregon by 17 points.
It was a rollercoaster season and the offseason might be just as up-and-down after losing Andy Avalos to Boise State’s head coaching position.
Oregon did just land four-star running back Byron Caldwell just a week before National Signing Day but there are still some big names left on the board that could help the Ducks finish with a top-five national recruiting class.
After Caldwell’s commitment, who are the Ducks’ top remaining targets?
JaDarrius Perkins just committed to Missouri on Jan. 27 which may seem like the end of his recruitment, but for anyone who has followed National Signing Day storylines over the past decade, it’s never really over until the pen hits the paper.
Perkins looked to be an Oregon lean before committing to Eli Drinkwitz and the Tigers and you can bet that Mario Cristobal isn’t going to let him walk without a fight.
But if Perkins is completely off the board, a new name has been added to the Ducks’ board as four-star cornerback Avante Dickerson just decommitted from Minnesota and both Nebraska and Oregon are the favorites to land him.
Did Perkins pick Missouri because Oregon showed new interest in Dickerson? It’s very possible, especially since Dickerson is a young blue-chip prospect who might just be favored in a battle for playing time. He’s ranked the No. 123 overall prospect and eighth-best cornerback in the 2021 class, according to 247Sports.