Oregon recruiting: Early signees most likely to make the biggest impact

The Oregon Ducks had a solid early signing period as they locked up 15 players, including seven 4-star recruits. In total the Ducks have 21 commitments. Oregon currently has the No. 3 recruiting class in the Pac-12 and the No. 15 ranked class in the nation.

Here are 5 signees who could have a major impact during Oregon’s 2018 season.

QB Tyler Shough, 4-Star, Hamilton High School (Chandler, Ariz.)

Where he fits at Oregon: Shough, like most college quarterbacks, will need some time to get acclimated to the college game. Especially with Justin Herbert entrenched at the helm for the Ducks, Shough faces at least a two-year wait before potentially taking over the starting job. That could mean he’d be redshirted.

Year 1 impact: Shough may not have much of an impact with Herbert in the picture, but he could compete with Braxton Burmeister for the backup role. Burmeister was a disappointment as Herbert’s backup this season, though his experience in Pac-12 games should give him the edge. However, Shough is a very talented kid and if he grasps the offense quickly, he could give Oregon a better shot to win than Burmeister.

S Steve Stephens, 4-Star, Edison High School (Fresno, Calif.)

Where he fits at Oregon: Stephens provides a versatile skill-set for any secondary. It’s possible, with his smaller stature, Stephens could move to cornerback instead of safety. Stephens is an Under Armour All-American, so the Ducks will surely find a place for the blue-chipper.

Year 1 impact: The Ducks prioritized the safety position in this class because they are losing starting CB Arrion Springs and safety Tyree Robinson. Though the Ducks have talented young players in the secondary such as Thomas Graham, Deommodore Lenoir, Nick Pickett and Brady Breeze, they need some more top flight talent. Stephens is the sort of plug and play player that could see the field early during the 2018 season.

S Jevon Holland, 4-star, Bishop O’Dowd High School (Oakland, Calif.)

Where he fits at Oregon: Holland and Stephens should form one of the best safety tandems in the Pac-12 at some point in the future. The Ducks lose starting safety Tyree Robinson from the 2017 team and Ugo Amadi, the other safety, will be a senior next season. Oregon is also losing starting CB Arrion Springs, so it is likely that Holland will see some playing time as a true freshman next season. He could also see time on special teams as a punt or kick returner.

Year 1 impact: Again, Holland is similar to Stephens in that he could come in right away and play in 2018. Holland and Stephens will need some seasoning, but the potential is there for them to come in and succeed next season.

RB Jamal Elliott, 4-Star, Hillside High School (Durham, NC)

Where he fits at Oregon: The Ducks will be without Royce Freeman, who ended his career with the most rushing yards in school history and the seventh most in FBS history. The Ducks have a stable of backs that will all contribute in 2018, including Tony Brooks-James, who is expected to be the lead back, but if Elliott can prove to be dynamic, Oregon will find a way to get him the ball as a freshman.

Year 1 impact: There are certainly carries to be had in Eugene and the Ducks traditionally have not had a problem with giving young backs the football if they have proven they can do something with it. Royce Freeman, De’Anthony Thomas, LaMichael James and others have contributed right away. If Elliott proves he can be a dynamic playmaker, Oregon will get him in the game.

OLB Adrian Jackson, 4-Star, Mullen High School (Denver, Col.)

Where he fits at Oregon: Jackson is an athletic freak at 6-foot-2, 210-pounds. He is the No. 1 rated player in the state of Colorado and the No. 11 ranked linebacker in the nation. In other words, he’s a stud. He could be the heir apparent to Troy Dye on Oregon’s defense.

Year 1 impact: Oregon’s linebacking crew proved to be one of the best units in the Pac-12 this season. Troy Dye, who will be a rising junior next season, is a NFL type talent. Lamar Winston Jr., Jonah Moi, Justin Hollins, Fotu Leiato and others will be back next season. Jimmie Swain, Oregon’s MIKE, is a senior, so there is a place for Jackson to come in and play right away.

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