Oregon Football: The Good and the Bad of National Signing Day
National signing day is in the books, and the Oregon Ducks once again have themselves an excellent class.
Now let's be clear, this particular group won't touch any Top 10 lists nor will any of the players (aside from maybe Thomas Tyner) be put on 2016 mock drafts just yet.
Oregon didn't stockpile 5-star linemen like Alabama or elite safeties like USC. But they filled several major needs and found talented players ready to contribute right away as well as guys who will greatly benefit from redshirting next season.
It's hard to call this group underrated because we haven't seen them in Duck uniforms yet. But fans should be excited considering the major coaching change that occurred just three weeks ago. If you bleed green and yellow, yesterday should have you thrilled for next fall.
But unless you enjoy running around yelling "Roll Tide," signing day had its share of flaws. Let's take a look at both the good and the bad of NSD for Oregon.
Good: Cameron Hunt Flips to UO, Solidifies Strong O-Line Class
Landing offensive lineman Cameron Hunt was a major development on national signing day for the Oregon Ducks.
Hunt, a one-time Cal commit, signed with Oregon, becoming one of five offensive linemen to ink their commitments to the Ducks.
Rated as a 4-star by ESPN, Hunt also had offers from Michigan, Ohio State, Nebraska and the majority of Pac-12 schools.
Oregon already has a trio of proven linemen in Jake Fisher, Tyler Johnstone and Hroniss Grasu, but you can't have enough depth in a position that sets the tone for everything the Ducks do on offense. Plus, offensive lineman are often injured and being able to call on a number of different reserves to step in is invaluable.
Thomas Tyner undoubtedly headlines the 2013 class but getting the group of guys who will block for him in the future is what truly made signing day a success for the Ducks.
Bad: Dontre Wilson
Okay, so we knew about Dontre Wilson's decision to switch his commitment before signing day, but this one still had to hurt for Duck fans.
Wilson officially made himself an Ohio State Buckeye yesterday, and his talents will probably make Urban Meyer and company very happy in the future.
Wilson is an elite athlete with game-changing speed and quickness, perfect for Oregon's system. Apparently for Ohio State's as well, and while some Duck fans have brushed this aside as a meaningless development, not having Wilson in green and yellow (or chrome, black, white, etc.) is a blow to the 2013 class.
That isn't to say the day was totally ruined, and the Ducks still landed Tyner as well as several other skilled athletes. But there's no pretending that losing Wilson wasn't a bad thing.
Sure, the Ducks should be fine in the future. But anytime you lose a versatile athlete in the mold of De'Anthony Thomas (not comparing the two just yet, but they have a similar skill set), a twinge of regret is only natural.
Good: Torrodney Prevot Picks Oregon
In a turn of events that surprised a lot of people, former USC commit Torrodney Prevot chose to play for Oregon over both the Trojans and Texas A&M.
Prevot is listed at 6'3" and 201 pounds, yet despite being undersized, Prevot figures to beef up and find himself in the hybrid DE/OLB position a la Dion Jordan.
What jumps out with Prevot is his speed and ability to wrap up on tackles. On a defense known for speed, Prevot should fit right in. Can you imagine a future with Balducci and Armstead bull-rushing up the middle while Buckner and Prevot speed-rush from the outside?
Prevot is an elite athlete who should turn into a major asset on this defense for years to come. His last-minute decision made for a pretty nice signing day in Eugene.
Bad: Where's the Beef on D?
The Oregon Ducks currently have a wealth of talent along the defensive line with both speed-rushers and bulky run-stoppers.
But there's a reason teams like Alabama and LSU consistently produce elite defenses: They always load up on defensive line talent.
Aside from Prevot, the Ducks were unable to find bulk along the defensive front, and DT instantly becomes a position of need for the 2014 class.
Of course, big-time defensive linemen don't exactly grow on trees, and many of them are locked up by SEC schools early on in the recruiting process. Still, it's nice to get a couple big guys who can plug up the middle in each class.
Perhaps there weren't any such players on Oregon's radar, but you can bet there will be plenty for the 2014 class.
Good: Tyrell and Tyree Robinson Stay Committed
That was the likely reaction from Oregon fans across the country after both Tyrell and Tyree Robinson decided to keep their commitments to Oregon and sign with the Ducks.
Losing the twins would have been a major blow to the future of Oregon's defense, where Tyrell and Tyree could both find themselves starting someday.
It's unknown exactly where Tyrell and Tyree will fit in, but they are headed to Eugene, and that's enough to put a smile on the faces of Mark Helfrich and Nick Aliotti.
Bad: Lights, Camera, Little Action for Ducks
Perhaps I'm being picky here, but it would have been neat to see a few more Duck hats on television yesterday as recruits made their final decisions.
Sure, the drama and theatrics have become overblown in recent years, but it's great exposure for a program to have its name called on national television. That didn't happen once yesterday, unless you watched the local commitments of Torrodney Prevot and Cameron Hunt.
The lack of national attention doesn't signal a bad class; most Duck fans could care less that Thomas Tyner didn't put on a big production for his announcement. In fact, it was appreciated that he didn't feel the need to dramatize a signature.
But not having your program on television during national signing day typically signals a lack of serious interest from elite players. And I get it, the SEC is glamorized more than any other conference as are players from the South. I doubt that the Oregon coaching staff is lamenting the lack of attention.
But let's be honest. It would be cool to see a few more nationally televised announcements next year involving Oregon, wouldn't it?
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