Oregon rises in On3 Consensus Team Recruiting Rankings
Less than an hour after losing out on Washington (D.C.) Archbishop Carroll five-star athlete Nyckoles Harbor, Oregon got a big win during National Signing Day. That is because Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra four-star cornerback Rodrick Pleasant announced his commitment to the Ducks.
Pleasant’s pledge elevated Oregon’s 2023 recruiting class to No. 8 in the 2023 On3 Consensus Team Recruiting Rankings. The Ducks, whose group ranks No. 1 in the Pac-12, climbed one spot from No. 9.
Pleasant is the No. 98 overall prospect and No. 9 cornerback in the 2023 cycle, according to the On3 Consensus, a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies. He is also the No. 7 player in California.
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Pleasant is the latest top-150 prospect headed to Eugene
Head coach Dan Lanning and his staff have been very successful on the recruiting trail recently. In addition to landing Pleasant, Oregon got pledges from Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco four-star defensive lineman Matayo Uiagalelei, Dripping Springs (Texas) four-star quarterback Austin Novosad and Long Beach (Calif.) Long Beach Poly four-star cornerback Daylen Austin during the Early Signing Period.
The Ducks’ class is led by Palo Alto (Calif.) Menlo-Atherton five-star wide receiver Jurrion Dickey, the No. 28 overall prospect in the On3 Consensus. Following Pleasant’s commitment, Oregon’s group contains 30 prospects and is composed of one five-stars, 17 four-stars and 11 three-stars.
In addition to Dickey, Pleasant and Uiagalelei among others, the Ducks have pledges from multiple blue-chip recruits ranked in the top 10 of their position groups. They include Idaho Falls (Idaho) Skyline Senior four-star tight end Kenyon Sadiq (No. 6), Picayune (Miss.) Picayune Memorial four-star running back Dante Dowdell (No. 8) and Chandler (Ariz.) Basha four-star athlete Cole Martin (No. 8).
Rodrick Pleasant On3 Scouting Summary
The following is the On3 Scouting Summary for Rodrick Pleasant:
“Versatile speedster who has a claim as the fastest prospect in the 2023 cycle. Set the California state record with a historic 10.14 second mark in the 100 meters in the state finals as a junior. Also ran an outstanding 20.40 second time in the 200 meters. One of the fastest prep sprinters in the nation. Has a smaller frame at 5-foot-10 and around 170 pounds. Plays all over the field at Gardena Serra, but most likely projects as a cornerback long-term.
“Has the speed to stick in the hip pocket of wide receivers on Friday nights. Also shows excellent makeup speed when out of phase in the camp setting. A willing tackler as a run defender. A threat to score anytime the ball is in his hands as a receiver or kick returner. Lacks some length for the position with a neutral wing-span and will need to show he can make plays on the ball in contested situations.”