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Oregon's Josh Conerly Jr. tabbed by On3 as preseason true freshman All-American

Jarrid Denney08/16/22
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Over the past several seasons, Oregon has had a number of blue chip recruits make big contributions early in their college careers. Penei Sewell and Noah Sewell were both freshman All-Americans, respectively. Kayvon Thibodeaux was the 2019 Pac-12 defensive freshman of the year.

Now, Oregon ’22 signee Josh Conerly Jr. is generating plenty of buzz ahead of his true freshman campaign in Eugene.

Conerly Jr. is the gem of Dan Lanning’s first signing class as Oregon’s head coach. According to the On3 Consensus, he was the No. 40 prospect and the No. 5 offensive lineman in the class of 2022. The Seattle, Wash., native chose Oregon over USC, Michigan, and countless other blue-blood programs.

Oregon returns five starters along its offensive line and boasts one of the best OL units in the nation, but Conerly Jr. is still very much in the mix for immediate playing time. As a result, he’s been selected to On3’s 2022 Preseason True Freshman All-American team.

He is the second Duck in as many years to be tabbed as a true freshman preseason All-American by On3. Last season, quarterback Ty Thompson received the honor.

As the Ducks deal with a slew of offensive line injuries during the early portion of fall camp, Conerly Jr. has drawn praise from both coaches and teammates. He was not with the program during spring ball but is already turning heads in Eugene.

Here’s the rundown on Conerly Jr.’s selection from On3 director of scouting and rankings Charles Power.

OL Josh Conerly Jr.

“Oregon has sustained a rash of injuries along the offensive line with approximately half of the Ducks’ 14 scholarship players at the position missing time. That’s created an opportunity for Josh Conerly Jr. to step up as a potential true freshman starter in Eugene. The 6-foot-4, 295-pounder has been working with the first unit. It remains to be seen how things will shake out when and if the health at the position improves, but Conerly’s chances of starting will likely increase the longer this goes. The Seattle Rainier Beach product was among the headliners in Dan Lanning’s first signing class at Oregon and ranked as the No. 40 overall prospect in the 2022 On3 Consensus. We also wouldn’t be surprised to see one of Oregon’s talented true freshman corners – Jalil Tucker, Jahlil Florence and Khamari Terrell – make an impact.: