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‘He’s a really special talent;’ Dan Lanning comments on addition of 4-star WR Kyler Kasper

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Late on Sunday morning, the Oregon Ducks head coach Dan Lanning tweeted out a duck emoji on Twitter.

Loyal fans of the program knew what it meant, and a lot of them were already busy celebrating the news that 4-star wide receiver Kyler Kasper had announced his commitment to join the Oregon Ducks. The exciting news that Kasper would reclassify to the 2022 class and join the Ducks this summer came soon after, which was a cherry on top of the Easter Sunday.

Related: Updated recruiting rankings after Kyler Kasper’s reclassification

Later that day it was announced that Kasper officially signed with the Ducks, giving the coaching staff clearance to discuss what his addition means for the program. On Tuesday afternoon during the media availability, Lanning talked about what Kasper can bring to the program.

“I’m really excited about Kyler,” Lanning said. “You know, big catch radius, you know, obviously phenomenal family, really special talent build that works really hard and has a pedigree. But it’s not just because of his talent. It’s because of how hard he works.”

Going into his commitment announcement, there was a feeling that Kasper, the son of 8-year NFL veteran Kevin Kasper, was going to pick the Ducks. He had grown fond of them over the duration of multiple visits earlier this spring, and though the Tennessee Volunteers made a late run at him, the declaration that he would be joining the Ducks wasn’t a massive shock.

The news that he would be graduating early and moving to Eugene later this year, however, was a pleasant surprise.

“I think it’s more and more that you’re going to see guys graduating earlier,” Lanning said. “Obviously, in the last few years it’s been more mid-year, but if the guy puts himself in the position and they’re ready to go play college football, I think it makes sense for certain guys. Each person is a case-by-case basis.”

Oregon’s wide receiver room will benefit from the 6-foot-5 frame that Kasper brings, and though he will have a lot of work to do in order to get accustomed to the college game as a would-be high school senior, it will be exciting to see him do that with the Ducks.

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