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Oregon Jumps Into Top 10 of 2025 Recruiting Rankings After Latest Addition

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The Oregon Ducks have been hot on the recruiting trail over the past month, hosting some of the top-ranked players in the nation on visits to Eugene for a pair of junior days that ended the month of January.


A week after the most recent, chickens started coming home to roost.


On Friday night, 4-star EDGE Matthew Johnson announced that he would be committing to the Ducks, becoming Oregon’s fifth member of the 2025 class, and the first addition on the defensive side of the ball.


Going into the weekend, the Ducks’ 2025 class had ranked No. 12 in the nation, led by 4-star QB Akili Smith Jr. and dynamic WRs Dallas Wilson and Adrian Wilson.


Here’s a look at where the Ducks now rank after adding Johnson to the mix as well:



The Oregon Ducks jumped into the top 10 of the 2025 national recruiting rankings after the addition of 4-star EDGE Matthew Johnson


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Obviously it is early, but it looks like a solid beginning.

One name missing from the top 25 is Alabama. Tough to stay at an elite level without the high level of recruits that they enjoyed while Saban was coach. 

I will be interested to see if DeBoer can keep both oars in the water while in the turbulent water of trying to maintain an elite level of recruiting, while replacing his OC, at what seems like an important time in the recruiting process. 

Have to laugh that Grubb, his previous OC, was hired by the Seahawks. 


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Early rankings mean squat in February. I remember one year, 2018, when Dawg fans were crying the blues in early April because the Dawgs recruiting class was in the 50s somewhere and one of its star gets thus far was a 3-star DB named Wildgoose (who ended up at Wisconsin and turned out to be a pretty fair player). The posters on the recruiting thread were asking what the hell is wrong with Georgia recruiting? Many were asking if Kirby and staff had lost their touch after being beat in OT the previous year in the Natty.


Guess what. Recruits started snapping like popcorn over the summer and early Fall and the Dawgs ended up with the #1 class in the composite rankings that year. Many didn't see that coming, and the result illustrates well that early rankings really don't mean a whole lot.


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