Oregon trending for elite 2025 LB Nasir Wyatt

On3 imageby:Keegan Pope02/09/24

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Oregon has had no shortage of success recruiting in the state of California, particularly under head coach Dan Lanning.

In the 2024 cycle, the Ducks signed 7 of the state’s top 17 recruits — all of whom ranked inside the top 300 nationally in the On3 Industry Ranking. The 2025 class in the Golden State has the makings of a special one, with nearly 20 prospects checking in among the top 200 in the country.

Near the top of that list — and Oregon’s recruiting board — is elite linebacker Nasir Wyatt out of powerhouse Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. The Monarchs have been a talent factory over the past decade, and this year looks to be no different. Wyatt is one of the premier players at his position nationally, and the Ducks have made him a top priority.

And it looks to be paying off. Oregon is trending heavily in the On3 Recruiting Prediction Machine (RPM) after updated picks from elsewhere in the recruiting industry. That follows the latest intel from On3 Director of Recruiting Chad Simmons, who wrote this on Thursday:

“Nasir Wyatt is coming off another successful visit to Oregon. The linebacker out of Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei has tripped to Eugene three times and each has been a good visit. Dan Lanning and the staff have done a good job with Wyatt and his family. The Ducks are the early favorite. He is not expected to make a decision until after he takes official visits.

Ducks battling some of the nation’s top programs

Wyatt already holds offers from more than 25 Power Five programs — including some of the best of the best, such as Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia, Oregon and more.

In-state USC, which has hosted him more than any other program, is also expected to a factor in his recruitment over the long-haul.

But the 6-foot-2, 205-pounder likes the aggressive defense that Lanning and Tosh Lupoi implement, as well as the idea of being on the West Coast.

If the Ducks are able to add him to their 2025 class, he would be a massive addition on the defensive side of the ball. Oregon has recruited the defensive line as well as any program over the past few years both on the recruiting trail and through the transfer portal. The next step though, is adding elite linebackers like Wyatt.

The Ducks currently have four commitments in the 2025 class, all on the offensive side of the ball: four-star receiver Dallas Wilson, four-star quarterback Akili Smith Jr., four-star wide receiver Adrian Wilson and offensive lineman Sandman Thompson.