2016 Oregon Football Recruiting Class Breakdown

    2016 Oregon Football Recruiting Class: After a disastrous finish to the 2015 season, can Oregon start out 2016 on a high note with a big recruiting class? It’s a good enough group to win with, but is it good enough to help lead the way to a national title?

    February 1, 2016


    2016 Oregon Football Recruiting Class: After a disastrous finish to the 2015 season, can Oregon start out 2016 on a high note with a big recruiting class? It’s a good enough group to win with, but is it good enough to help lead the way to a national title?


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    Oregon Football Recruiting Class Overview

    The Ducks aren’t bringing in the elite of the elite recruits like you’d think they would, but they’re not doing all that poorly with most of the prospects coming in getting four stars. It would be nice to be back in the running on a national scale for the top 50 guys, but the program is doing a decent enough job without them, finding its niche with talented players who grow into their roles. Sending players to the pros and the all-star teams hasn’t been a problem.

    The Class Is Heavy On …

    Linebackers. The program is known for its flash on offense, it’s linemen on defense, and the up-tempo style for both sides that dominates games, but the linebackers over the years have been some of the unsung heroes. This class is loaded with more speedsters starting with Lamar Winston for the outside, Keith Simms for anywhere in the corps, and Darrian Franklin as a hybrid with safety size and good pop. JUCO transfer A.J. Hotchkins was the big get for right now – the 6-0, 235-pounder is built to be a top run-stopper.

    The Star of the Class Is …

    Tristen Wallace, 6-3, 225 – Safety Brady Breeze was a talented signing, and RB Vavae Malepeai has the skills to put up huge numbers in the Duck backfield, but it’s Wallace who’s the most intriguing recruit depending on where he plays. A quarterback by trade, he has the skills and he has the tools to grow into the type of player the program hasn’t had in a long time under center, but he’ll need time if he stays at the position. With his size and his athleticism, he could grow into a whale of a wide receiver or even a receiving tight end. Ohio State, Texas and UCLA were among those who wanted to bring him on to figure out what he could potentially be.

    The Team’s Biggest 2016 Depth Chart Hole Is …

    The defensive line. The offense is in decent shape depending on who wins the quarterback battle, but the linebacking corps is a problem losing three of the four starters including Joe Walker inside and Tyson Coleman on the outside. The front three is an even bigger issue having to replace DeForest Buckner and Alex Balducci along with Tui Talia. There’s going to be a transition for the front seven overall, and the more help that can come in right away to bring some depth, the better.

    2016 Oregon Football Recruiting Class

    Logan Bathke, OL, 6-6, 260, Orange, CA (Lutheran HS)
    Brady Breeze, DB, 6-1, 200, Portland, OR (Central Catholic HS)
    Eric Briscoe Jr., LB, 6-3, 215, Yakima, WA (AC Davis HS)
    Jacob Capra, OL, 6-5, 300, Auburn, CA (Placer HS)
    Troy Dye, LB/S, 6-4, 210, Norco, CA (Norco HS)
    Darrian Franklin, LB, 6-1, 200, Downey, CA (Downey HS)
    Justin Herbert, QB, 6-6, 215, Eugene, OR (Sheldon HS)
    AJ Hotchkins, LB, Jr., 5-11, 230, Portland, OR (Riverside City College/Tigard HS)
    Hunter Kampmoyer, LB, 6-4,
    245, Bishop, CA (Bishop Union HS)
    Wayne Kirby, DT, 6-3, 320, Pocatello, ID (Highland HS)
    Cameron McCormick, TE, 6-5, 230, Bend, OR (Summit HS)
    Dillon Mitchell, WR, 6-1, 190, Memphis, TN (White Station HS)
    Samuel Poutasi, OL, 6-4, 330, Las Vegas, NV (Desert Pines HS)
    Dakota Prukop, QB, Sr., 6-2, 195, Austin, TX (Montana State/Vandergrift HS)
    Keith Simms, LB, 6-3, 235, Bethesda, MD (Landon HS)
    Tristen Wallace, ATH, 6-4, 235, DeSoto, TX (DeSoto HS)
    Terry Wilson, QB, 6-3, 195, Del City, OK (Del City HS)
    Lamar Winston, ATH, 6-3, 220, Portland, OR (Central Catholic HS)
    Bryson Young, DE, 6-5, 230, Clovis, CA (Buchanan HS)

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