There’s been a feeling over the past month or so that the Oregon Ducks had fallen out of the running in the recruitment for 4-star quarterback Jaden Rashada, and on Thursday afternoon, you could argue that was confirmed.
When announcing his decision to push back his commitment from June 17 to June 26, Rashada — the No. 5 QB and No. 29 player in the 2022 class, per 247Sports — listed five schools that are still in the mix.
The Ducks were not one of them. Instead, it was Texas A&M, Florida, Miami, Ole Miss, and LSU. It seems that Rashada will choose between those five schools, with the heavy belief being that the Gators and Hurricanes lead the race.
I’ll be pushing my 40+ year decision back to June 26th, as I would want more time to think and reflect on one of the biggest decisions of my life, while doing it on my Grandmas birthday 👼🏽! I’ll be doing no interviews until after my decision! Please and thank you 🙏🏾! #4413 #AG2G pic.twitter.com/qvYBkOKaWr
— Jaden Rashada 5️⃣ (@jadenrashada) June 16, 2022
If you’re an Oregon fan that was still under the impression that Rashada to Eugene was a real possibility, this may be an abrupt realization, but the writing has been on the wall for a few weeks now. According to insiders across the board — notably Justin Hopkins with ScoopDuck, On3 — word is that the Ducks have fallen off of the Rashada train, knowing that they would have to pay significantly on the NIL side of things in order to land him. Instead, the Ducks are ramping up their efforts to land 5-star QB Dante Moore or potentially 4-star QB Avery Johnson.
Moore is expected to take his recruitment into the fall, while Johnson is expected to visit Oregon later this month. From here, though, it seems that those are the names to focus on when it comes to the Ducks’ potential QB future.