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5-star defensive back DJ Pickett puts Ducks in Top 5

The Oregon Ducks just put the final touches on their 2024 recruiting class by adding 5-star wide receiver Gatlin Bair, but recruiting is also starting to ramp up for the class of 2025. On Friday, DJ Pickett, an elite DB in the class of 2025, named Oregon as one of his top five schools.

Pickett isn’t just one of the best defensive backs in the class of 2025 he’s one of the best players. 247 Sports Composite ranks him as the No. 8 player in the country and the No. 3 cornerback in his class. At 6’4″ Pickett brings elite size, but he also runs a sub-11 second 100-meter dash, giving him plenty of speed.

Among Pickett’s other top schools are the Georgia Bulldogs and Miami Hurricanes. Pickett is from Zephyrhills, Florida (just outside of Orlando), so Miami and Georgia would afford him the opportunity to stay close to home. Georgia has also been the home of some of the best DB talent in college football in recent years, which will make it an attractive candidate for Pickett.

If the Ducks are to land Pickett, he’ll have a chance to make an instant impact. After next season, Oregon will lose Tysheem Johnson and Kobe Savage at safety and Jabbar Muhammad and Kam Alexander at CB, so Pickett would likely have opportunities to see the field as a freshman.

Story originally appeared on Ducks Wire