Ducks soar into top-10 of ESPN recruiting rankings after adding 5-star QB Dante Moore

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We knew when Dan Lanning was hired as the head coach of the Oregon Ducks that he would have a positive impact on recruiting, hoping that he would further the success that Mario Cristobal left behind in Eugene.

We didn’t quite know that he would be able to make such a big impact this early on, though.

After closing out the 2022 recruiting cycle on a high note with the addition of 5-star OT Josh Conerly and 4-star WR Kyler Kasper, the Ducks just made a splash in the 2023 cycle as well, adding 5-star QB Dante Moore last week, and 4-star CB Caleb Presley just a few days before that. With these additions, Oregon vaulted up the ESPN recruiting rankings. Here’s where they now stand:

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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Ohio State Buckeyes

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Texas Longhorns

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Clemson Tigers

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Penn State Nittany Lions

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Georgia Bulldogs

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Arkansas Razorbacks

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Tennessee Volunteers

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Oregon Ducks

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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.

LSU Tigers

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Miami Hurricanes

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Baylor Bears

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Texas Tech Red Raiders

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Alabama Crimson Tide

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Louisville Cardinals

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