It was a great weekend for sports on the University of Oregon campus. Oregon basketball demolished opponent Alabama State in a 114-56 beatdown. The football team celebrated the return of starting quarterback Justin Herbert after missing the last five games with a broken collarbone. In turn, the Ducks saw their offense return to true form in a one-sided 48-28 victory over the Arizona Wildcats.
The weekend was concluded with another big win for the basketball team, beating Ball State 95-71. If a weekend of victories wasn’t enough for Oregon fans, both the football and the basketball program picked up major commitments on Monday.
Football official visit turns into commitment
Oregon football hosted several recruits for Saturday’s win over Arizona. One of these players was wide-receiver/tight-end Michael Ezeike. Just two days after his official visit, Ezeike announced his commitment to Oregon via Twitter.
Ezeike is unranked on the Armchair Top 300, but 247Sports has him slotted at 353 as a 3-star recruit. He has the potential of being one of the under-the-radar players in Oregon’s 2018 class. At 6-foot-5, he’s taller than most at his position as well as the linebackers who will be defending him, making him an easy target once the other aspects of his game are polished. Look for Ezeike to rise up in the depth chart over the next couple of years.
Oregon can try to win over some more commitments when it hosts several highly-rated recruits Saturday. Two visiting players are ranked in the Armchair Top 300, wide-receiver Isaah Crocker at 279 and defensive-end Tyreke Smith at 83. Cornerback Kalon Gervin is not ranked on Armchair’s list, but 247sports has him at 214. Oregon will hope a dominating win over rival Oregon State can have some influence on these players.
Oregon Basketball gets a 5-star
The biggest news out of Eugene came from the basketball program. Bol Bol, son of former NBA big man Manute Bol, announced his commitment to Oregon via the Players Tribune on Monday. The 5-star center is a top three prospect in the country, and is Oregon’s highest-rated commit in program history.
While Bol isn’t quite the monstrous height that his late 7-foot-7 father was, he still towers above most at 7-foot-1. While ferocious around the rim, Bol also likes to stretch the floor. He is a solid shooter and distributor while still maintaining the skills of a traditional big. He has all the makings of a modern NBA center and was one of the most highly-coveted players in the 2018 class.
With the addition of Bol, along with four-star guard Will Richardson committing on Nov. 16, Oregon now has the top ranked recruiting class in the nation for 2018. Oregon’s Final Four appearance placed head coach Dana Altman among the sport’s elite coaches. Now the program is riding the momentum from in-season success in its recruiting.
Overall, it was a huge weekend for the Oregon Ducks. Football added a new solid recruit and has some top visits set up for the weekend, while basketball just landed the best recruit in program history. Oregon hopes to continue the trend so it can remain among the top schools in the country in both football and basketball.