EUGENE, Ore. — National Signing Day saw the Oregon Ducks add 19 and Oregon State sign 25 recruits for this fall’s roster. It was the first class signed by new Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich, who was promoted from offensive coordinator last month after Chip Kelly left for the NFL following four years and four BCS bowls.
Helfrich says there were only a difference or two in the process as the head coach rather than an assistant.
Oregon football head coach Mark Helfrich at a Wednesday press conference
At the top of the class was expected signee Thomas Tyner of Aloha High School. He was the only five-star-ranked Oregon recruit by Rivals.com, a prominent recruiting website.
Four-star offensive lineman Cameron Hunt was expected to sign with Cal, but chose the Ducks. Brothers Tyree and Tyrell Robinson spurned Washington for Oregon, which finished with seven four-star signees.
The Oregon State Beavers signed more players than the Ducks and head coach Mike Riley says there are certain positions that are always key.
Oregon State football head coach Mike Riley on osubeavers.com
OSU signed six defensive backs and seven defensive linemen. California native Dashon Hunt was OSU’s only Rivals.com four-star signee.
The Beavers had the 37th-ranked class out of signing day, while Oregon’s was rated No. 21. The difference between the two ratings are consistent with the past four years, although Oregon State’s top 40 spot is its second straight. Oregon hasn’t finished outside the top 20 in the last four years.
The defending Frontier Conference champion Southern Oregon Raiders added 34 players to their NAIA roster. At the top of the list was Marist High School’s Kamerun Smith, a 6-5 quarterback from Eugene. Coach Craig Howard also added running back Jaylynn Bailey from South Salem High School.