We knew when Dan Lanning was hired as the head coach of the Oregon Ducks he would have a positive effect on recruiting, hoping he would build upon the success Mario Cristobal left behind in Eugene.
We didn’t quite know he would be able to make such a big impact this early though.
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After closing the 2022 recruiting cycle on a high note with the addition of five-star offensive tackle Josh Conerly and four-star wide receiver Kyler Kasper, the Ducks made a splash in the 2023 cycle as well, adding five-star quarterback Dante Moore last week and four-star cornerback Caleb Presley a few days before that. With these additions, Oregon vaulted up the ESPN recruiting rankings. Here’s where they stand:
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Pac-12 rank: 1 of 12
Top offensive commit: QB Dante Moore (No. 8)
Top defensive commit: CB Caleb Presley (No. 151)
New head coach Dan Lanning led Georgia’s championship defense last year, but now focuses on trying to build a similar unit with the Ducks. He is assembling a talented group for the secondary led by Presley, a rangy corner who can be a playmaker in coverage and doesn’t hesitate to support the run. CB Cole Martin was another good pickup, as he possesses good feet and upside, and CB Kodi Decambra loves to compete and should at the least quickly be a productive special teams contributor. Despite his strong defensive background, Lanning’s first full class at Oregon is defined by promising offensive talent. A huge win was QB Dante Moore, as the five-star recruit has a quick release and good feet and displays good accuracy. The Ducks also have landed some big targets for their passing attack in the 6-foot-3 Ashton Cozart, who is long and fast and posted a laser-timed 4.45 40 at the Dallas Under Armour camp, and Jurrion Dickey, who had an MVP performance at the UC Report Elite camp in Oakland, California, this spring.
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