It was a quick year at Oregon for head coach Willie Taggart, who earlier this week agreed to a deal to be the next head coach at Florida State.
Before leaving Eugene, though, Taggart and his staff had assembled quite the class of recruits for 2018. According to the 247 Sports Composite team rankings, Oregon had the No. 9 recruiting class in the country as well as the best in the Pac-12. But that has obviously taken a hit in recent days.
On Wednesday, four-star wide receiver Miles Battle was the fourth potential Duck to decommit. The Ducks still have verbal commitments from 20 players in the 2018 class, 11 of them four-star recruits.
Over the last several days, those committed to the Ducks have taken to Twitter reacting to Taggart’s departure, with a mix of solidarity and incredulity. The news of Oregon naming co-offensive coordinator Mario Cristobal, no doubt a part of the recruiting process for many, appeared to be a popular move as well.
Much of the talk among those who have already committed to Oregon has been a commitment to brotherhood, often using the hashtag #TheMovement18.
Four-star quarterback Tyler Shough from Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.) was among those who had a request for Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens.
Meanwhile, a pair of four-star safeties still appear excited to take their official visits to Eugene this weekend. Safety Steve Stephens from Edison (Fresno, Calif.) is the prize recruit of the class, and he’ll be headed north with Bishop O’Dowd (Oakland, Calif.) senior Jevon Holland.
Stephens and Holland are two of the eight recruits who are taking official visits this weekend.
Holland had a plea similar to Shough’s, while also getting a laugh at Taggart’s transient nature.
Four-star outside linebacker Adrian Jackson from Mullen (Denver, Colo.) couldn’t help but share his uncertainty at the whole situation.
Offensive tackle commit Christopher Randazzo tweeted his displeasure with the disingenuous nature of his recruitment as Taggart was planning his exit, as did Central Catholic (Portland, Ore.) inside linebacker Eli’jah Winston.
All too ironically, #TheMovement18 was the hashtag Taggart was using before he actually made his move across the country.
There is a long way to go in this recruiting cycle, so we will see how many members of the Class of 2018 choose to keep the Ducks as part of their future.