New Oregon head coach Mario Cristobal wrapped up a busy first 12 days on the job Wednesday by announcing an early signing period class of 13 players who signed letters of intent to join Oregon’s football program earlier in the day.
The Ducks will hope to add additional players on the traditional signing day in early February. The class has been ranked 11th nationally by Rivals and 13th by 247Sports.
“This is kind of the halfway point,” Cristobal said. “Lots of work to be done. But a pretty good start.”
The group that signed Wednesday includes quarterback Tyler Shough and two running backs — lifelong Oregon fan Jamal Elliott of North Carolina and Travis Dye, who is the younger brother of Oregon linebacker Troy Dye.
The Ducks also signed three huge offensive linemen — Dawson Jaramillo (6-5, 295 pounds), Steven Jones (6-6, 340) and Christopher Randazzo (6-7, 330). Linebackers MJ Cunningham and Adrian Jackson and safeties Jevon Holland and Steve Stephens also join the class, along with defensive linemen Andrew Faoliu.
Oregon signed two junior college players: cornerback Haki Woods and defensive lineman Sione Vea Kava.
Two of the players are from in-state. Cunningham is from Madison High School in Portland and Jaramillo is from Lake Oswego High School.
Several of the players are ranked high at their positions by the various recruiting services. Shough is the No. 5 pro-style quarterback and the top overall recruit in Arizona, according to 247Sports. Rivals ranks Jones eighth in the country among offensive guards and Jaramillo is the No. 15 offensive tackle according to 247Sports. Jackson is the top-ranked recruit in Colorado and the No. 11 inside linebacker according to 247Sports, which ranks Holland as the No. 14 safety in the nation and Elliott as the No. 13 running back.
Cristobal’s hectic schedule since being named head coach included wrapping recruiting around Oregon’s Las Vegas Bowl game against Boise State. The coach is optimistic for many recruits who had to reschedule visits because of the bowl game to commit to the program in February.
“It’s going to be really, really good,” he said. “It’s going to be more than we expected.”