The biggest target on Oregon's recruiting board is easily 5-star defensive end Byron Cowart. The Florida native is a big-time prospect who has the potential to become a dominant defender.
At 6'4" and 250 pounds, Cowart plays with excellent strength to set the edge. He can shed with power to get clean versus running plays, plus he has the ability to factor in pursuit. As a pass-rusher, Cowart can take advantage of slower blockers by immediately jumping on top of them at the snap. He converts speed to power well, and he should be able to add a few more moves to his arsenal in a few seasons.
This race is shaping up to be between Oregon and Florida, per 247Sports.
Cowart told the following to Woody Wommack of Rivals.com (subscription required) on May 23:
Yeah, Oregon is still my leader. Me and coach Aiken (Oregon's defensive line coach) are still working on building our relationship. It's kind of hard being in two different time zones but if we want it to work we're going to make it happen."
Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.